The Key to Understanding Male Fertility
Approximately 40% of infertility is related to the male. The 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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
Overlooking the Sperm
When a couple is trying to conceive, the focus is often on the female partner. Many women will learn to track their periods, check for ovulation, and identify their fertile window. All too often, we are overlooking the sperm. For men, there is a wide range of lifestyle factors and medications that can impact their […]
Zika Virus Can Be Transmitted Through Sperm
Zika has caused much tumult. Barely, one year ago, few knew the name, the origins but its effects were whispers in the news. Fast forward, we now have come to know and to respect (with fear) Zika virus and its potential for irreversible fetal, brain damage. Initially, it was believed to be exposure of the […]
Zika Virus in Semen
Researchers from Great Britain have reported that Zika virus can be detected in semen for 62 days after initial infection. They were unable to grow live virus from these samples so it is not known whether men can transmit the infection to their sexual partners for that length of time. Zika, however, is known to […]
Recurrent Implantation Failure: Why Me?
Implantation of the embryos depends upon on a well-developing embryo and a synchronous healthy endometrium. It seems deceptively simple. However, for such success to manifest, a highly-organized and amazingly intricate web of molecular interactions must first occur. When pregnancy does not occur, our inclination is to look for both an answer and for a correction. […]
Pregnant or Not Pregnant?
Fertility treatments allow patients to be empowered and to regain hope. Once the patient has engaged in treatment, the two-week wait prior to pregnancy confirmation can be unbearable. Pregnant or not pregnant? Not surprisingly, patients search for both emotional and physical signs to affirm or deny the potential of pregnancy; all while watching the calendar turn […]
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 […]
What Are the Risks with IVF?
What are the true risks of in vitro fertilization? Often thought as “the great equalizer”, the internet is information-laden. However, not all sources are equitable. Deciphering amongst myth, opinion and truth, particularly in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) can be complicated and equally frustrating. When one is contemplating whether IVF is suitable for […]