A ‘super thankful’ patient

A happy patient of ours celebrates her “little magical”:

“I want to thank the whole team at the Reproductive Science Center. What an amazing staff and loving doctors. You all helped create our little magical and for that we are super thankful.”

We are happy as well, for all the patients we help on their fertility journey. Read more reviews like these on our web site.

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Another study links BPA with fertility concerns

Previous studies have shown the adverse health effects of prenatal exposure to the industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA), but there is little evidence surrounding effects specifically on ovarian function. A new study now finds there is sufficient data to raise concerns regarding exposure and ovarian performance.

Detectable in surface water and soil sediments, BPA is used in many industrial processes (epoxy resins, polycarbonate plastic production) and in the lining of food cans. While the greatest exposure is dietary from canned foods and plastic containers, skin exposure is a secondary route of smaller exposure.

According to the researchers, ovarian development and function represents a complex coordination of processes, starting early during prenatal development. Early aberrations have the potential to carry through the female reproductive lifespan.

To examine whether a prenatal environmental exposure can pose a real threat to human ovarian function, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) performed a literature search in PubMed (from 2000 to June 2018), to examine existing literature surrounding prenatal exposure to BPA.

“We found there is mounting evidence for the effects of these exposures in the prenatal period, a particularly vulnerable time of development,” said corresponding author Shruthi Mahalingaiah, MD, MS, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at BUSM. “Whether there are causative associations with human ovulation disorders needs to be further studied.”

The researchers believe their findings are particularly relevant since there are implications for both fetal and women’s health. “Understanding the effect that BPA exposure has on ovarian outcomes may contribute to the treatment approach taken for diseases and disorders in which ovarian dysfunction is a manifestation such as infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome and premature ovarian failure,” added Mahalingaiah, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Boston Medical Center.

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Two great experiences

Two patients of ours have “great” things to say about their care here.

“Our experience with Dr. Martinez and the entire staff was great.”

“Great experience!! Dr. Mensah is so professional and warming!!”

Thanks to them for the “great” reviews. Please read more like these at our web site.

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This March, take part in Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide. Although this comes to about 1 in 10 women, the average diagnosis can take up to seven and a half years. That can have a devastating effect on the quality of life of those of this condition, because of the painful symptoms that the disease carries and because it is the one of the biggest causes of infertility in women.

Every March, Endometriosis Awareness Month takes place across the world. It hopes to increase awareness and highlight the symptoms of this debilitating condition. To learn more, go to the Speak Endo web page, and check out our endometriosis web page to learn about our treatment options.

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Help us raise awareness about endometriosis

Endometriosis is a progressive disease that affects over 176 million women worldwide. In women with this condition, the endometrial tissue lining the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus and attaches to other abdominal cavity organs such as the fallopian tubes or ovaries. Symptoms often include abnormal and painful menstrual bleeding, pain during or after sexual intercourse and infertility.

An estimated 1 in 10 women are affected in their reproductive years. Yet diagnosis is often delayed due to general lack of awareness of the condition by women and healthcare providers. This is often because symptoms are considered “normal” after women first experience them.

That’s why we encourage you to recognize National Endometriosis Awareness Month in March. Although endometriosis is incurable and can reoccur after treatment, our doctors can offer care to minimize pain and to help achieve pregnancy.

You can learn more about endometriosis by endometriosis, contacting us onlinerequesting an appointment or calling any of our three locations.

We also encourage you to visit the web site SpeakEndo.com. This organization encourages women to speak up about their symptoms and experiences to increase awareness around this disease.

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New robotic technology diagnoses reproductive health problems in real time

Researchers have developed new robotic sensor technology that has the capability to diagnose women’s reproductive health problems in real time. The technology, developed by researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Hong Kong, can be used to measure hormones that affect fertility, sexual development and menstruation more quickly and cheaply than current methods.

According to the research, published in Nature Communications, doctors usually diagnose infertility and early menopause by carrying out a blood test to measure the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) in the sample. Current blood tests cannot easily measure the rise and fall of LH levels, which is vital for normal fertility.

The researchers used a novel biosensor linked to a robotic system, which they call Robotic APTamer-enabled Electrochemical Reader (RAPTER). It monitors the hormone patterns of patients in real time. In the study, the prototype RAPTER device was used to measure LH in the blood of patients taken every 10 minutes to yield an immediate result. The researchers believe that it could pave the way for more personalized medicine by giving clinicians a clearer picture of LH levels and suggesting more effective treatments based on an individual’s needs.

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Praise for our doctors and staff

Two patients of RSCNJ had nice things to say about their care here.

“Because of extra testing the doctor recommended, I found out I needed to be on progesterone for longer. After adjusting my protocol, we had a successful transfer and I’m currently 8 weeks pregnant!”

“Dr. Mensah was wonderful and patient through all of my questions. She was supportive and clear as to what to expect. The staff was always kind and helpful.”

We thank them for taking the time to post these kind words. You can read more reviews like these on our web site.

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New podcast: Cancer and fertility preservation

A diagnosis of cancer is life changing, and some cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can speed up the natural decline in available eggs, thereby reducing or destroying the egg reserve. It helps to know your options when considering fertility preservation.

In our newest podcast, Dr. Virginia Mensah shares fertility preservation options available at The Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey. Listen here.

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Couple welcomes ‘beautiful healthy miracle dream baby’

A patient of ours shares this happy news.

“Dr. Martinez and the staff at Reproductive Science Center are miracle workers. I could not get pregnant on my own, but after diligently working together with RSC, after many months, and three rounds of different fertility treatments, we found our solution and now my husband and I have our Beautiful Healthy Miracle Dream Baby. We couldn’t be happier. It was the hardest time in my life, absolutely devastating when our first options did not work, but through gentle care and guidance, we found our success.”

We couldn’t be happier, either. You can read other success stories like this one on our web site. 

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‘Old’ sperm produce healthier offspring, study finds

Sperm that live for longer before fertilizing an egg produce healthier offspring, according to new research from the University of East Anglia and Uppsala University in Sweden.

The research, published in the journal Evolution Letters, shows that longer-lived sperm in an ejaculate of a zebrafish male produce offspring with longer and healthier lifespans—who in turn produce more and healthier offspring themselves—than the shorter-lived sperm in the same ejaculate.

The findings may have important implications for human reproduction and fertility, particularly in the context of assisted fertilization technologies, the researchers say.

“One male produces thousands to millions of sperm in a single ejaculate but only very few end up fertilizing an egg,” said lead researcher Dr. Simone Immler, from UEA’s School of Biological Sciences. “Until now, there was a general assumption that it doesn’t really matter which sperm fertilizes an egg as long as it can fertilize it. But we have shown that there are massive differences between sperm and how they affect the offspring.”

The research team performed in vitro fertilizations by collecting gametes from males and females. “We found that when we select for the longer-lived sperm within the ejaculate of male zebrafish, the resulting offspring is much fitter than their full siblings sired by the shorter-lived sperm of the same male,” Immler said. “More specifically, offspring sired by longer-lived sperm produce more and healthier offspring throughout their life that age at a slower rate. This is a surprising result, which suggests that it is important to understand how sperm selection may contribute to the fitness of the next generations.”

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