New endometriosis drug approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Orilissa (elagolix), the first and only oral gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist specifically developed for women with moderate to severe endometriosis pain. Orilissa represents the first FDA-approved oral treatment for the management of moderate to severe pain associated with endometriosis in over a decade, according to AbbVie, the pharmaceutical company behind the drug.

“Orilissa represents a significant advancement for women with endometriosis and physicians who need more options for the medical management of this disease,” said Michael Severino, M.D., Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer, for AbbVie.

Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecologic disorders in the U.S. It affects an estimated one in 10 women of reproductive age and can be associated with pain symptoms that can be debilitating. Women can suffer for up to six to 10 years and visit multiple physicians before receiving a proper diagnosis.

The approval is supported by data from two studies, which evaluated nearly 1,700 women with moderate to severe endometriosis pain. Clinical trial data demonstrated Orilissa significantly reduced the three most common types of endometriosis pain: daily menstrual pelvic pain, non-menstrual pelvic pain and pain with sex.

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Two “great” reviews

“Everyone has been great from consult to surgery to post op.”

“Dr. Mensah is great, thoughtful, and very informative!”

Thanks for these great reviews, and all the others that you can read on our web site.

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Birth defect predicts infertility, cancer in adult males

Medical researchers are urging greater compliance with guidelines recommending surgery for undescended testes (UDT) before 18 months of age following new evidence that UDT more than doubles the risk of testicular cancer and increases infertility in adult males.

Led by the University of Sydney researchers and published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, this is the first population-based cohort study to assess both adult fertility and cancer risk after surgical correction for undescended testes in early childhood. The procedure moves an undescended testicle into the scrotum and permanently fixes it there.

“In addition to an increased risk of testicular cancer, we found that boys with undescended testes had decreased paternity and increased use of assisted reproductive technologies for infertility in later life,” said the University of Sydney’s Professor Natasha Nassar, the study’s senior author. “The study provides new evidence to support international guidelines recommending surgery before 18 months for boys with undescended testes to reduce the risk of both testicular cancer and infertility later in life.”

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Three cheers for Dr. Mensah!

“Dr. Mensah is so informative. She is really supportive and provides you with information to make an informed decision.”

“Amazing experience!! Dr. Mensah made our dreams come true!! And all the nurses and support staff were so patient and helpful!”

“Wonderful office staff! Dr. Mensah is amazing!”

Thanks to these patients and all the others who have posted positive reviews of our physicians and staff, which you can find on our web site.

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Three cheers for our doctors

“Best and kindness doctors around!”

“Best doctor ever so glad we found him.”

“They are amazing.”

And three cheers to these happy patients, and all the others who took time to post kind reviews of us online. You can read more like these on our web site.

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Father’s diet could affect sperm quality, long-term health of offspring

New research has shown that a lack of protein in a father’s diet affects sperm quality, which can have a direct impact on the long-term health of their offspring.

Researchers published a report in PNAS showing that both sperm and the fluid they are carried in (seminal plasma) from male mice fed a low-protein diet could affect the long-term metabolic health of their children.

The study, carried out at the University of Nottingham, U.K., fed male mice a low-protein diet. These mice produced sperm with fewer chemical tags on their DNA that regulate gene expression than mice fed a normal diet. Researchers also observed that the seminal plasma suppressed maternal uterine inflammatory and immunological responses, essential for a healthy pregnancy. This resulted in their offspring becoming overweight, with symptoms of type 2 diabetes and reduced expression of genes which regulate the metabolism of fat.

Dr. Adam Watkins, assistant professor in Reproductive Biology at the University of Nottingham, led the study. “It is well understood that what a mother eats during pregnancy can affect the development and health of her child,” he said. “Interestingly, little, if any, advice is available for the father. Our research using mice shows that at the time of conception, the diet and well-being of the father influences the long-term growth and metabolic health of his offspring. Our study not only identifies what impact a poor paternal diet has on the health of his offspring but also starts to uncover how these effects are established.”

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PCOS: Prepare, Communicate, Overcome, Support

The PCOS Awareness Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the awareness of polycystic ovarian syndrome worldwide, providing educational and support services to help women understand what the disorder is and how it can be treated. The Association also provides support for women diagnosed with PCOS to help them overcome the syndrome and decrease the impact of its associated health problems.

It also sponsors PCOS Awareness Month each September, with these PCOS goals:

  • Prepare: Prepare and assist women with the necessary information and resources needed to get tested.
  • Communicate: Communicate information to the public and to women diagnosed with PCOS.
  • Overcome: Assist women diagnosed with PCOS to overcome their symptoms and lessen related health risks.
  • Support: Provide a support network to freely and openly discuss all aspects of PCOS.

Learn how you can help by going to the PCOSAA web site.

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A second pregnancy, thanks to RSCNJ

A patient of ours reports some happy news:

“The absolute best!!! Love this practice. They have helped us with my 2-year-old son, and now we’re pregnant again with our second. Every doctor is amazing and patient and the staff is compassionate and super friendly. I wouldn’t choose any other office for my infertility needs!!”

For more happy stories like this one, please visit our web site.

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Know the symptoms of PCOS

According to the PCOS Awareness Association, symptoms of PCOS may begin shortly after puberty, but can also develop during the later teen years and early adulthood. Because symptoms may be attributed to other causes or go unnoticed, PCOS may go undiagnosed for some time.

Women with PCOS typically have irregular or missed periods as a result of not ovulating. Although some women may develop cysts on their ovaries, many women do not.

Other symptoms include:

  • Weight gain. About half of women with PCOS will have weight gain and obesity that is difficult to manage.
  • Many women with PCOS report increased fatigue and low energy. Related issues such as poor sleep may contribute to the feeling of fatigue.
  • Unwanted hair growth (also known as hirsutism). Areas affected by excess hair growth may include the face, arms, back, chest, thumbs, toes, and abdomen. Hirsutism  related to PCOS is due to hormonal changes in androgens.
  • Thinning hair on the head. Hair loss related to PCOS may increase in middle age.
  • PCOS is a leading cause of female infertility. However, not every woman with PCOS is the same. Although some women may need the assistance of fertility treatments, others are able to conceive naturally.
  • Hormonal changes related to androgens can lead to acne problems. Other skin changes such as the development of skin tags and darkened patches of skin are also related to PCOS.
  • Mood changes. Having PCOS can increase the likelihood of mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
  • Pelvic pain. Pelvic pain may occur with periods, along with heavy bleeding. It may also occur when a woman isn’t bleeding.
  • Hormonal changes prompt headaches.
  • Sleep problems. Women with PCOS often report problems such as insomnia or poor sleep. There are many factors that can affect sleep, but PCOS has been linked to a sleep disorder called sleep apnea.  With sleep apnea, a person will stop breathing for short periods of time during sleep.

To learn more about PCOS, go to the PCOSAA web site.

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It’s time to raise awareness for PCOS!

September is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month. PCOS is a serious genetic, hormone, metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects women and girls. It is the leading cause of female infertility and a precursor for other serious conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and endometrial cancer.

PCOS Awareness Month is a federally designated event created to increase awareness of, and education about, PCOS among the general public, women, girls and healthcare professionals. The aim of PCOS Awareness Month is to help improve the lives of those affected by PCOS and to help them to overcome their symptoms as well as prevent and reduce their risks for life-threatening related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and cancer.

The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association is the sponsoring organization for PCOS Awareness Month and offers supporting resources, information and events. Sign up as a PCOS Awareness Month partner to receive updates and access to the PCOS Awareness Month Toolkit including social media graphics, infographics and educational materials.

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