Philly Voice: Preconception health is key to fertility

“Having a baby is a big decision that should start months before couples even start trying to conceive, gynecologists say. Preconception health – a woman’s health before she gets pregnant – is just as important as her health during the pregnancy, especially if the pregnancy is unplanned.”

That’s according to a recent article in Philly Voice, by Tracey Romero. The article includes six ways to prepare for a healthy pregnancy. Check them out at PhillyVoice.com.

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2 patients praise Dr. Martinez

Two patients recently sang the praises of Dr. Alan Martinez and the staff at RSCNJ.

Shuya writes: “Dr. Martinez was super helpful and professional. Nursing staff also super nice and they even helped me with the insurance issue.”

And Brittney says: “I love them at the Eatontown Office!!! Dr. Martinez is excellent!! I would highly recommend this office.”

Thanks to them, and to everyone who posts reviews of our services, which you can read at our web site.

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CNN asks: ‘Why aren’t we talking about male factor infertility?’

Chloe Melas is an entertainment reporter for CNN. After nearly two years of fertility treatments, she and husband Brian Mazza now have two sons, ages 21 months and 3 years. Melas was a recipient of RESOLVE’s 2020 Hope Award for Advocacy.

She recently “took the reins” of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s “Chasing Life” podcast for an episode titled “Let’s Talk About Making Babies (or Deciding Not To).” In it, she discusses how she found many resources for women to find support and answers. “Brian felt like he did not, and he dealt with his immense shame and guilt mostly alone,” she says.

You can listen to the podcast at CNN’s website.  And visit our male fertility evaluation and treatments page to learn more.

 

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UPDATE: COVID-19 patient procedures

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve carefully monitored developments, ensuring we’re helping to create an environment that would minimize the spread of the virus.

As infection rates have decreased, and local and national vaccination rates have increased, we’re now able to update our patient protocols. At RSCNJ we will always adhere to ASRM’s and the CDC’s recommendations/guidelines.

Our coronavirus safety plan now states:

  • Patients can now use our waiting room to wait for their appointments.
  • While temperature checks are no longer required, our staff will continue to ask COVID-19 screening questions.
  • Masks are still required in our facilities and in other healthcare settings.

For other COVID-related questions and resources, go to this page on our web site.

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Dr. Ziegler talks about celebrities and infertility in new podcast

RSCNJ fertility specialist Dr. William Ziegler was invited to participate in a podcast by Jersey Shore University Medical Center, which is a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System.

The topic of the podcast was “Celebrities Dealing With Infertility.” Dr. Zeigler also talks about infertility, birth control, COVID, family balancing and much more on this episode.

The link to the podcast is here.

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88% would change jobs for fertility benefits: study

Carrot Fertility, a global fertility benefits provider for employers, released a new report recently examining the effects of fertility and family forming in the workplace. The report, Fertility at Work, was developed in collaboration with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and surveyed over 1,000 respondents about the role of fertility and family forming in workforces, as well as the need for support as employees navigate the complex and emotional journey of family forming.

The survey finds only 12% of respondents have specific fertility and family-forming benefits, while 88% would consider changing jobs for access.

“As conversations and knowledge about fertility and family formation continue to become more mainstream, the workplace is the last frontier,” said Tammy Sun, CEO and Co-founder of Carrot Fertility. “This report illuminates how critical high-quality, comprehensive fertility and family-forming care is for employees around the globe — and ultimately calls upon employers and business leaders to make investments into this essential part of healthcare.”

You can read the full results of the survey here.

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Many options for LGBTQA+ family building

“Building a family is a big decision for any couple or individual, and LGBTQ+ couples have additional steps to consider. You may be thinking, ‘How do I even get started?’ ‘What are my options?’ ‘What pathway to parenthood works best for me and my partner?’ It can feel overwhelming, but the good news is there are many options to consider, including reproductive treatment, surrogacy,” and more, writes Tracie Sullivan, Grassroots Outreach Senior Manager with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.

You can read her article, called “Family Building Options and Opportunities for LGBTQ+ Families,” in Modern Wellness Guide.

And to learn more about RSCNJ’s LGBTQ+ Community Family Building options, visit our website.

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Can yoga improve fertility?

Yes, according to an article from a news site from India.

The writer, an Indian fertility specialist, writes, “Yoga practice is one way of improving fertility and getting a better outcome while undergoing fertility treatment. Yoga is very useful for preserving and maintaining one’s physical and mental health and also for spiritual evolution. More than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core.”

How does yoga help? The article claims:

  • Yoga boosts the functioning of the reproductive system. There are certain yoga asanas and postures that especially target the reproductive organs and pelvic area. These asanas increase blood circulation and hence improves the vitality of these organs.
  • Researchers have shown that yoga modulates the hypothalamic-pituitary gonadal axis, balances hormonal profile, reduces the stress level and improves the overall quality of life.
  • Alteration in brain waves (basically an increase in alpha wave) and decrease in serum cortisol level was observed during yoga therapy. Increased cortisol levels have been found to be strongly associated with miscarriages.

You can read more here.

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New discovery could help diagnose, treat male infertility

Scientists at The University of Toledo discovered new movement in sperm that provides innovative avenues for diagnostics and therapeutic strategies for male infertility.

The research, published in Nature Communications, finds that a newly discovered sperm structure in the sperm neck, called the atypical centriole, acts as a transmission system that controls twitching in the head of the sperm, mechanically synchronizing the sperm tail movement to the new head movement.

The centriole has historically been considered a rigid structure that acts like a shock absorber. “We think the atypical centriole in the sperm’s neck is an evolutionary innovation whose function is to make your sperm move better,” said Dr. Tomer Avidor-Reiss, professor of biological sciences in the UToledo College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “Reproductive success depends on the ability of sperm to swim through female reproductive tract barriers while out-competing their rivals to fertilize the egg.”

A father donates not one but two centrioles through the sperm during fertilization, and the atypical centriole may contribute to infertility, miscarriages and birth defects. Avidor-Reiss believes this discovery can open the door to new possibilities to help families understand why they may be having trouble getting pregnant.

He also said finding this movement can be used in the future to predict which sperm have a good centriole that can support life. “Right now, people don’t know what to fix,” Avidor-Reiss said. “We can pinpoint the problem. This knowledge allows us to identify a subgroup of infertile men that was not revealed before.”

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‘Ask Carrie: Can we afford fertility treatments?’

“Deciding to have a child is a big financial decision no matter the circumstances. Your situation will likely take even more careful financial planning – along with a lot of patience and perseverance.”

So writes Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz in a recent column published by Parade magazine. She gives some useful tips to those just starting out on their fertility care journey.

The good news is that there are lots of sources to look into for help with financing your treatment. We have our own Fertility Financing Options page on our web site. We encourage you take a look at it, and please contact us for more information on how to finance your treatments. We will work hard to make your treatments affordable.

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