Infertility Stress is Stressing Me Out

infertility stress

Misnomer or not, the belief that infertility is a psychologically driven condition exists. It is true that extreme circumstances of stress such as famine and in times such as war, fecundity rates decrease. However, whether the psychologic stress imparted by our hectic lives coupled with the added stress of improving fertility contributes to infertility is […]

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Patient Centered Care

The delivery of health care has traditionally focused on a paradigm known as ‘disease management’ based on guidelines formulated from medical studies and expert opinions. A new trend has emerged known as patent centered care which is a shift away from the disease centered paradigm of the past. Patient centered care involves clinical decisions that […]

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): What to Expect When You Are Not Expecting

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a lifetime affair. It manifests often in the late teens early twenties often causing irregular menstrual cycles and elevated androgen (male hormone) levels. This hyperandrogenemia can manifest in unrelenting acne, hair loss upon the head and development of hair on the face, chest and back. When a couple is trying to […]

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Exercise During Pregnancy: How Little is Too Little And How Much is Too Much?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released guidelines on physical activity for pregnant women. They advise that healthy, pregnant women may perform moderately intense exercise for at least 150 minutes weekly. Women who exercise vigorously are encouraged to continue doing so as long as they remain in good health. Non-exercising women may […]

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Acupuncture and Infertility

In 2002, a fertility center in Germany published “Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy” (Fertil Steril 77(4):721-4).   In this small study of 80 patients, those receiving acupuncture had a higher IVF pregnancy rate (42.5%) than those without acupuncture (26.3%).  Since this publication, numerous studies have been published […]

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Thyroid Hormone: Optimizing the Engine for Pregnancy and Beyond

Previous blogs have detailed mechanisms of thyroid hormone, the thyroid gland and its essential function in allowing us to function both in pregnancy and beyond.  The American Thyroid Association (ATA) task force has outlined recommendations for assessing and monitoring levels.  Salient recommendations are listed below: Oral thyroid hormone is indicated for women who demonstrate overt […]

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Male Fertility: The Other Half

Approximately 40% of infertility is related to the male.  Key to understanding male fertility is analysis of the semen.  Semen samples can vary from month to month, or even day to day because it takes about 72 days for sperm to develop within the testicles. Unlike eggs, which are present since you were born, sperm […]

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Cell Phones and Infertility

cell phones and infertility

Cell phones are an everyday part of life. The advances in technology enabling not only voice communication but most recently high resolution pictures and internet access have been accompanied by increased intensity and frequency of electromagnetic waves being emitted. Our bodies receive these waves and convert them into both electric and magnetic fields. Are cell phones and […]

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Genetic Disease – Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an inherited disease that affects an infant’s muscular activity.  Voluntary muscles are driven by motor neurons.  Children with SMA are missing a gene that is required to produce certain proteins involved in motor neuron development.  Without this protein, the nerves shrink and ultimately atrophy.  Without motor neuron innervation, the muscles […]

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Fertility Preservation for Women with Breast Cancer

Fertility Preservation for Women with Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death after lung cancer. Women under age 40 account for 6% of new breast cancer cases in the United States. Fertility preservation for women with breast cancer needs more discussion. Thankfully adjuvant chemotherapy can be […]

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