Gut Microbes May Contribute to Fertility

The advent of molecular genetics affords us a look into the machinations of systems previously undefined. Uncountable number of microbes, fungi and viruses live (mostly happily) in our gut bound by the limits of the mouth and the parts below. Their workings in concert and sometimes, adversarial, are the composition of the human microbiome. This […]

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Low Sperm Count is a Marker of Men’s General Health

Low Sperm Count is a Marker of Men’s General Health

Investigators from the University of Padova in Italy reported at the Endocrine Society Annual Meeting March 2018 that low sperm count is a marker of men’s general health. Men (n=5177) from infertile couples with a low sperm count had a 12-fold increase of having low testosterone. They also had higher body mass index, waist circumference, […]

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Stem Cell Therapy May Help Reverse Primary Ovarian Insufficiency

Stem Cell Therapy May Help Reverse Primary Ovarian Insufficiency

Early research shows that stem cell therapy may help reverse primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), which is also known as premature ovarian failure (POF). Using human bone marrow stem cells, investigators were able to induce regular periods in women who had stopped getting their periods due to POI/POF. POI/POF is defined as the loss of normal […]

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Bleeding in Early Pregnancy

Bleeding in Early Pregnancy

Vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy is a frightening experience and in the past was assumed to represent a threatened miscarriage. However bleeding in early pregnancy is quite common affecting up to 20% of pregnancies, yet the majority of these women, over 80%, go on to have a successful delivery. There are many causes of vaginal […]

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FCNE Leominster Fertility Center Location Now Open!

The Fertility Centers of New England is pleased to announce the newest location in Leominster, MA! Dr. Robert Weiss is available to see patients. Schedule an appointment today! We understand that convenient access to care and cost of treatment are often barriers to pursuing fertility services. In addition to expanding services into Portland, ME, we continue […]

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New Structure Discovered in Human Sperm Tails

New Structure Discovered in Human Sperm Tails

Sperm are essential for reproduction. Normal sperm parameters (count, motility and morphology) are important for fertilization to occur following intercourse. In order for sperm to be motile, a highly effective sperm tail is needed to propel the sperm though the cervix and uterus into the fallopian tube to find the ovulated egg. A new structure […]

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Removing the Stigmas That Stand in the Way of Building Families

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This week is National Infertility Awareness Week and as such it is important to dispel many of the myths surrounding fertility by busting them with facts. Myths are defined as an unproven or false collective belief that is used to explain phenomena of nature. Facts are defined as something that actually exists or is in reality […]

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The Long-Term Effects of Marijuana on Mother and Baby

effects of marijuana on mother and baby

The increase of legalization of marijuana does not decrease the concern for the effects of maternal and fetal exposure during pregnancy and potential negative outcomes on the child.  The legalization of marijuana, does however, suggest the potential for growing use, even during pregnancy. National survey suggest that reproductive-aged women believe that little or no harm […]

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Elevated Blood Pressure and Early Pregnancy Loss

elevated blood pressure and early pregnancy loss

Most people know that high blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but what do we know about elevated blood pressure and early pregnancy loss? Blood pressure is measured using two numbers. The first or top number is called systolic blood pressure and is a measurement of the pressure (mm Hg) in your […]

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The Effects of Medication Used for Treating ADHD During Pregnancy

ADHD medication effects during pregnancy

A recent large study published in the Journal of American Medical Association-Psychiatry looked at the effects of medication used for treating ADHD during pregnancy, specifically, the association between medication used for treating ADHD during pregnancy and congenital malformations. Patients who were using methylphenidate and amphetamine during pregnancy, commonly prescribed as Ritalin and Adderall, in the […]

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