Praise for Dr. Martinez and RSCNJ

Our patient Mona has high praise for her care at RSCNJ:

“My experience with Dr. Martinez and his staff has been wonderful. Dr. Martinez is warm, caring, and makes you feel at ease during a very stressful process.”

Read more comments about RSCNJ at our web site.

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Telehealth appointments meet your schedule

Are you interested in speaking with us at Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey? We have expanded our office hours to meet the needs of your busy schedule by offering convenient weekend office hours and telehealth visits.

Please go to this web page and fill out the form to request an appointment.

If you have a general question, and are not ready to schedule an appointment, please visit our Contact page.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Advocacy in action: How you can help fight for reproductive rights

So far in 2023, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association has tracked, read and analyzed 75 bills that could impact our community — some in a positive way, but way too many in a negative way. “To date we’re following 15 bills in 13 states that are a threat to IVF access and 14 bills in 11 states, plus DC, that would increase access to family building options. It’s a lot, but it’s important that we’re staying on top of what is happening and fighting for our issues. We are constantly engaging with local advocates and our clinic and advocacy partners,” RESOLVE says.

You can help, by keeping track of what is going on. Here’s how:

How can you be part of the process?

Learn more at RESOLVE’s Advocacy in Action web page.

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Podcast covers ‘Endometriosis: Symptoms and Treatments’

To recognize Endometriosis Awareness Month this March, we are highlighting a past podcast in which Dr. Alan Martinez covers the symptoms and treatments of endometriosis, a condition where endometrial tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, grows outside the uterus and attaches to other organs in the abdominal cavity, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Endometriosis is a progressive disease that tends to get worse over time and can recur after treatment. Symptoms include painful menstrual periods, abnormal menstrual bleeding, pain during or after sexual intercourse, and infertility. The cause of endometriosis is unknown, though there are a few theories that suggest possible causes.

In this podcast, Dr. Martinez discusses what an endometriosis diagnoses means to you.

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Rosa is ‘going back a second time’ to RSCNJ

Our patient Rosa says:

“I absolutely love this office. The doctors and nursing staff are absolutely amazing. I’m going back a second time.”

We are glad to have her back. Thanks to Rosa and to everyone who writes kind reviews of our care.

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Physically demanding work tied to higher male fertility, study suggests

A new study from researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests that men who regularly lift heavy objects at work have higher sperm counts. The study, published in Human Reproduction, is part of the Environment and Reproductive Health (EARTH) cohort, a clinical study which aims to explore how exposure to environmental chemicals and lifestyle choices affect reproductive health.

“We already know that exercise is associated with multiple health benefits in humans, including those observed on reproductive health, but few studies have looked at how occupational factors can contribute to these benefits,” said first author Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, a reproductive epidemiologist in Brigham’s Channing Division of Network Medicine and co-investigator of the EARTH study. “What these new findings suggest is that physical activity during work may also be associated with significant improvement in men’s reproductive potential.”

About 40% of infertility cases can be traced to male factors, such as sperm count, semen quality and sexual function. In particular, sperm count and semen quality are thought to be the major drivers of growing infertility rates among males — a previous analysis led by the EARTH study team found that among men seeking fertility treatment, sperm count and quality declined by as much as 42% between 2000 and 2017.

“Further, there is increasing evidence that male infertility is associated with common chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disease, highlighting the broader importance of male reproductive health,” said Mínguez-Alarcón.

The researchers found that men who reported often lifting or moving heavy objects at work had 46% higher sperm concentration and 44% higher total sperm count compared to those with less physical jobs. Men who reported more physical activity at work also had higher levels of the male sex hormone testosterone and, counterintuitively, the female hormone estrogen.

“Contrary to what some people remember from biology class, ‘male’ and ‘female’ hormones are found in both sexes, but in different amounts,” said Mínguez-Alarcón. “In this case, we hypothesize that excess testosterone is being converted into estrogen, which is a known way for the body to keep normal levels of both hormones.”

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Podcast covers ‘Pelvic Pain, Endometriosis, and Fertility’

In recognizing Endometriosis Awareness Month this March, we are highlighting a past podcast in which Dr. Alan Martinez discusses the many contraception choices available, the right way to use them, and whether they’ll affect your ability to get pregnant in the future.

Please listen to the podcast here. If you have any questions, call one of our offices to schedule a consultation.

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What is endometriosis?

March is recognized as Endometriosis awareness month. Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue, which normally lines the inside of the uterus, grows outside of the uterus. The tissue then attaches to other organs in the abdominal cavity, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes and bowel.

Throughout the menstrual cycle, this endometrial tissue abnormally positioned outside of the uterus responds to hormones the same way as the endometrial tissue inside the uterus does: it thickens, breaks down and then sheds.

When tissue outside the uterus does this it causes inflammation and scarring. The resulting scar tissue can block the fallopian tubes preventing pregnancy from occurring. This condition can also invade one or both ovaries and cause the formation of cysts of endometrial tissue, known as endometriomas. Endometriosis and endometriomas can reduce ovarian reserve and may affect egg quality.

Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatments for endometriosis at our web page.

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Understanding Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) success rates

At Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey, we take pride in our success rates and believe that understanding what they mean is of utmost importance when choosing the fertility clinic that’s best for you.

The Society for Assisted and Reproductive Technology (SART) advises patients not to use success rate information to compare clinics because patient’s characteristics vary from facility to facility. Statistics can be interpreted and presented in many ways, making it difficult to understand the effect they have on your ability to conceive. Every patient desiring to conceive should be treated individually.

Some clinics may not tell every patient all options from least conservative to most invasive. Clinics may increase their success rates by selecting only patients with the best chance to conceive, turning down others who have lower probabilities of success. This results in selection bias. Additionally, clinics can choose what they report, as this is not uniform. As an educated consumer, we encourage you to read the fine print.

Learn more about this important topic at our web site.

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RSCNJ is ‘just the best!’

Our patient Lianne writes:

“RSC makes a difficult process much easier! The office staff is responsive, helpful, and just the best! The doctors are amazing as well, thoroughly explain everything and make you feel so comfortable.”

Thanks Lianne, and thanks to all the patients who review our care and services.

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