What Every Guy Should Know

May 14, 2012 | Fertility Care
1 in 6 couples have difficulty getting pregnant in this country. 50% of the time, it’s because of a sperm issue. There are steps you can take to improve your sperm counts and hopefully shorten your time to your next successful pregnancy. Just because you’ve achieved pregnancy easily in the past doesn’t mean you don’t have a sperm problem now. Semen quality can change over time and here are several reasons why:   1.Lifestyle factors: Drinking too much alcohol can affect sperm quality. Studies show that men who drink more than 4 servings per week may have a sperm issue. Cigarette smoke and nicotine containing products are also toxic to sperm cells. They affect the ability of the sperm cells to swim. Being overweight may cause excess heat transmission to the testicle and hormone imbalances that also decrease sperm quality. Stress can affect your sex drive so do what you can to decrease stress. Laptops, saunas and steam rooms all heat up the testicles and can decrease sperm quality. The good news is that the sperm life cycle is short – only a couple months. So any lifestyle changes you make today, can improve your chances in a short period of...

Is it time to see a Fertility Specialist?

Apr 14, 2012 | Fertility Care
If you’re eager to get pregnant and are wondering if it’s time to see a fertility specialist, you might be right. There are a number of factors to take into account when deciding whether it’s time to see a fertility specialist. 1. If you’re over 35 and have been trying for at least 6 months to get pregnant, it’s time to see a fertility specialist. This is because as a woman ages it becomes understandably more difficult for her to conceive. 2. If you’re over 37 and trying to get pregnant, you should consider seeing a fertility specialist and not wait before seeking professional advice. Just because you seek professional advice doesn’t mean you are signing yourself up for fertility medications. Seeking advice will give you the knowledge about your body that you may not already have. 3. If you have irregular cycles, you shouldn’t wait before seeing a fertility specialist. Irregular cycles could be a sign of an ovulatory disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome, hypothalamic amenorrhea or decreased ovarian reserve. The good news is that if you figure out why your cycles are irregular you may improve your chances of conceiving without professional help. 4. While it isn’t uncommon...

How to be the best fertility patient ever

Mar 25, 2012 | Fertility Care
Now why would you ever want to be the best fertility patient? Well it’s simple, if you’re the best patient; you may help improve your chances of success. Fertility is one of those things that we have absolutely no control over. I wish! Going through fertility treatments requires a lot of work and to make it worth your while, learn how to be the best patient. Rather than feel like you’re a victim because of your fertility diagnosis, empower yourself and start chanting your new mantra, “it’s going to happen one way or another!” Here are some tips on how to be the best fertility patient ever: 1.Know who you’re seeing. Sounds funny, right? Wrong! So many patients think they’re seeing someone who has had extra training in fertility when in reality, you’re not. Many general ObGyns (the doc who does your PAP smear for you) feel comfortable helping women with fertility issues but if you’re not pregnant within a couple months, it could be time to see a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist. You can find a local one by going to this link: www.fertilitylifelines.com . Put in your zip code and you will find clinics close to you....

Fertility Over 40

Mar 14, 2012 | Fertility Care
If we believed everything we read in the tabloids, we would think that anyone who was over 40 could get pregnant easily with IVF and have twins the first go around. I wish this were the truth. This is what you should know…If you’re over 40, you have a 5% chance of getting pregnant in every menstrual cycle. If you’re going to try to get pregnant over 40, see your local fertility specialist now. Fertility is not skin deep. It doesn’t matter how great you look on the outside. So many of my patients over 40 look like they could easily pass for early 30s, even 20s. We were born with all the eggs we will ever have and we run out of eggs over time. This is what I recommend: 1. Talk to your doctor about your fertile potential. Have your FSH and estradiol levels checked as well as an antimullerian hormone level. Your doctor can do an ultrasound and measure the number of follicles on your ovary. This assessment is called an antral follicle count. There are hormones that we check that can tell you if you are fertile or not. One of the hormones your doctor will check...

Are you taking care of your emotional health?

Feb 12, 2012 | Fertility Care
If you're one of my patients, you've probably heard me mention probably most of the things on my blog.....including the one thing I say over and over: it takes 3 things to have a baby: eggs, sperm and tubes that are open. Learn about all 3 and you can figure out why a couple is having a problem conceiving. I'd like to officially add emotional health to the list......I think that emotional health is essential when trying to conceive and if you don't have emotional health, that in and of itself could possibly affect your chances of conceiving. People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their emotions and their behavior. When bad things happen, they're able to bounce back and move on. Mental and emotional health takes an effort to build and maintain. As couples are trying to conceive, they should not only spend energy on their physical health but do things to boost their mood, build resilience, and get more enjoyment out of life.  Every patient of mine will have their own ideas about how they can build and maintain their emotional health. Here are some tips: 1. Take care of your physical health: eat right and maintain...

Are all prenatals alike?

Feb 12, 2012 | Fertility Care
The answer is no. I read a great article in Reviews in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Take the time to read it because it talks about how one important difference among prenatals is the source of folic acid.   Just click here and you can read it: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3250974/ Then after reading it, you're going to do what I did and you're going to ask, which prenatals contain L-Methylfolate? So then I foudn this source: http://www.empr.com/prenatal-vitamins/article/125903/. You can find the prenatals that contain L-methylfolate. Or you can just buy L-methylfolate separate from your prenatal. Hope this article helps!

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