“The doctors could not be more helpful! They had a great sense of humor that really made the process so much less stressful. We cannot say enough great things!”
“My husband and I always have a relaxed experience at RSC for what could be a very stressful process. The doctors and staff are always friendly and helpful making the process much easier.”
Thanks to these patients for posting these reviews. You can read more at our web site.
Many people think that infertility in a couple is most likely due to a female issue, but that is not the case. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, about half of all cases of infertility involve an element of male infertility. Male infertility is solely responsible for 20-30 percent of infertility cases and is a contributing cause, along with a female factor, in another 20-30 percent of cases.
Because June is Men’s Health Month, we suggest you learn about the common cause of, and treatments for, male infertility. Start here, on our Male Infertility web page.
Thank you to one of our special patients, who wrote these kind words:
“The whole Reproductive Science Center staff is amazing. They are caring and compassionate and make your experience one that you will never forget. The staff and physicians will forever be a part of my family and hold a special place in my heart.”
You can read more reviews like this on our web page.
A new study at the University of Toledo shows that a father donates not one, but two centrioles through the sperm during fertilization, and the newly discovered sperm structure may contribute to infertility, miscarriages and birth defects.
The centriole is the only essential cellular structure contributed solely by the father. It is the origin of all of the centrioles in the trillions of cells that make up the adult human body. Centrioles are essential for building the cell’s antennae, known as cilia, and cytoskeleton, as well as completing accurate cell division.
A zygote, or fertilized egg cell, needs two centrioles to start life. It was previously thought that sperm provides a single centriole to the egg and then duplicates itself. The newly discovered centriole functions similarly and along with the known centriole. However, it is structured differently.
“This research is significant because abnormalities in the formation and function of the atypical centriole may be the root of infertility of unknown cause in couples who have no treatment options available to them,” said Dr. Tomer Avidor-Reiss, professor in the UT Department of Biological Sciences. “It also may have a role in early pregnancy loss and embryo development defects.”
This discovery may provide new avenues for diagnostics and therapeutic strategies for male infertility and insights into early embryo developmental defects, according to the research, published in the journal Nature Communications.
This week is Men’s Health Week, so what does men’s health have to do with women? Plenty, says the Men’s Health Network:
“Men’s health issues don’t affect only men; they have a significant impsact on everyone around them. And because women live longer than men, they see their fathers, brothers, sons, and husbands suffer or die prematurely. Women are in a unique position to be able to help fight the obstacles men face in getting the health care they need.:
The MHN created this web page to offer women a place to start.
Most people know that eating a healthy diet is important during pregnancy, but a new study says that a healthy diet is just as important before pregnancy. Eating too much fast food, researchers found, can increase the time it takes to become pregnant.
Researchers in Australia looked at data from 5,598 pregnant women in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. They collected the data beginning at each woman’s first prenatal visit, and asked how long it took to become pregnant and how often they ate healthfully—fruit, green leafy vegetables and fish—or the opposite—burgers, pizza, fried chicken and fries from fast food retailers.
They found that women who ate fruit less than three times a month took half a month longer to become pregnant than those who ate fruit three or more times a day in the month before conception. And women who ate fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to conceive than the women who ate several portions of fruit a day.
“Small modifications in dietary intake may have benefits for improving fertility,” wrote first author Jessica Grieger, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Adelaide. “Our data shows that frequent consumption of fast foods delays time to pregnancy.”
The study was published in the journal Human Reproduction.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, about 15 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. For couples, this can be a devastating event. Dealing with a miscarriage can cause a roller coaster of emotions, doubt and discouragement on your ability to conceive.
In our newest podcast, Dr. Alan Martinez shares resources to help couples cope with a miscarriage, the recovery process, and that there are options for couples who want to try to conceive again.
You can listen to the podcast from our web page.
Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country—with screenings, health fairs, media appearances and other health education and outreach activities—to encourage everyone to focus on the health of men, boys and their families.
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.
How can you help? Participate in Wear Blue Day—the Friday before father’s day, which this year is June 15. Wear Blue Day is celebrated by private corporations, government agencies, sports teams and individuals to show their concern for the health and wellbeing of boys and men.
For other ideas, go to the Men’s Health Month web page.
New research that examined the impact of exposure to lead, both in the air and in topsoil, on fertility in the United States has found that exposure matters for both women and men. It is the first study to find causal evidence of the relationship between lead exposure and fertility rates in the 1980s and mid-2000s.
The study, by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, is published as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
“Until now, we have lacked causal evidence of the effects of lead exposure,” explains Karen Clay, professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, who led the study. “Lead is an underappreciated environmental toxin, and we need to address this issue through cleanup efforts and solutions that focus on improving air quality and reducing lead in soil.”
The study found that increased exposure to lead lowered the general fertility rate for women of childbearing age (15 to 44 years). In 1978-88, reductions in airborne lead, which were largely due to regulations such as the Clean Air Act, boosted fertility rates, and in the 2000s, higher levels of lead in topsoil decreased fertility rates.
“Lead may continue to impair fertility today: Many Americans may not be aware that they live in counties with high lead levels because of highways, old manufacturing centers, or airborne lead that has landed on the soil,” said Edson Severnini, assistant professor of economics and public policy at Heinz College, who coauthored the paper. “Our findings could help reduce this exposure.”
One of the most significant impairments of the quality of life after a chemotherapy is infertility. Researchers have now identified the mechanism of chemotherapy-induced infertility in females.
While men produce new sperm cells throughout their life, women are born with a finite number of oocytes (egg cells). This pool of oocytes can be depleted prematurely by chemotherapy, resulting in early menopause. This results not only in infertility but also in hormone-based problems such as osteoporosis.
Scientists at the Institute for Biophysical Chemistry of Goethe University have now deciphered the mechanism leading to premature loss of the oocyte pool caused by treatment with chemotherapy. DNA damage caused by chemo- or radiotherapy results in the modification of a specific protein, which triggers enzymes in the body to the eliminate the oocyte.
These results, published in the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, offer new opportunities for developing a therapy for preserving oocytes of female cancer patients treated with chemotherapeutics. In experiments with mouse ovaries, inhibiting the identified enzymes saved the oocytes from cell death, despite treatment with chemotherapeutics.
William Ziegler, DO, FACOG
Alan Martinez, MD
Virginia Mensah, MD,FACOG