Is it Safe to Take Herbal Supplements During Pregnancy?

Is it Safe to Take Herbal Supplements During Pregnancy?

Herbal supplements are increasingly popular with many believing that they are natural alternatives to more conventional medicines commonly prescribed in Western medicine. Unlike prescription drugs, natural herbs and vitamin supplements do not have to go through the rigorous evaluation proving safety and efficacy by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Because of this, the quality […]

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Should Men Refrain or Repair Varicoceles That Could Cause Infertility?

Should Men Refrain or Repair Varicoceles That Could Cause Infertility?

Clinical varicoceles are common. They represent as a dilated grouping of veins and the added temperature imparted, or decrease in testicular vascular drainage are believed to affect negatively the testicular environment. This altered environment is believed to alter sperm parameters. Some may be symptomatic, affording men a dull, achy pain with intercourse.  Others, a common […]

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Metformin Can Decrease the Risk of Late Miscarriage in Women With PCOS

Metformin Can Decrease the Risk of Late Miscarriage in Women With PCOS

Many women with PCOS and borderline diabetes are prescribed Metformin for control of glucose levels as they are attempting to conceive. There have been a number of studies that show use of this medication can increase fertility and decrease the risk of of an early miscarriage. A study presented at the annual Endocrine Society meeting […]

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Why Measure Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

Why Measure Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine organ at the base of the neck that helps regulate metabolism. Thyroid disease is a common ailment affecting over 6% of reproductive age women. Thyroid disease is 5 to 8 times more common in women than in men. The easiest way of determining thyroid function is by measuring Thyroid […]

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Vitamin D Levels May Reduce the Risk of Miscarriage

Vitamin D Levels May Reduce the Risk of Miscarriage

A recent study published in the Lancet suggests that Vitamin D levels may reduce the risk of miscarriage in women who have already had a miscarriage. In this prospective cohort study, investigators followed 1191 women who were trying to conceive and had at least one prior loss. At baseline, 47% of women had adequate Vitamin […]

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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!

Fertility Centers of America Leominster

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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