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“This has been the most amazing experience. We came in here scared and hopeless, but after meeting the staff and Dr. Martinez our hearts changed. We will most definitely be showing our faces here again. Thank you for helping us create our family.”
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A new imaging technique called cryogenic electron tomography, or cryo-ET, can capture sperm cells in 3-D. A study published in Scientific Reports reports finding a structure at the tip of the sperm tail, which has never been seen before, that could reveal why some sperm are more successful than others. This, the authors say, could help researchers develop new drugs for infertility problems and contraception.
There is a fascinating story about this on the National Geographic web site. If you are interested in the science of fertility, we encourage you to take a look.
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To help mark Endometriosis Awareness Month, we’d like to link you to a great organization.
SpeakENDO.com, sponsored by AbbVie, a pharmaceutical company, is “your go-to resource for endometriosis and is here to help you fully express your symptoms, advocate for your own care, and learn from others who’ve been there,” the web site says.
The site has lots of great information about endometriosis and how to get involved in raising awareness. Check it out!
Women with asthma who use only short-acting asthma relievers take longer to become pregnant than other women, according to international research led by the University of Adelaide, Australia. However, the study of more than 5,600 women in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland also shows that women with asthma who use long-acting asthma preventers conceive as quickly as other women.
Published in the European Respiratory Journal, the study was led by Dr. Luke Grzeskowiak from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute. He says the results provide reassurance for asthmatic women that using inhaled corticosteroids to prevent symptoms does not appear to reduce fertility.
“Five to 10 percent of all women around the world have asthma and it is one of the most common chronic medical conditions in women of reproductive age,” Dr. Grzeskowiak says. The researchers examined data from the international Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints (SCOPE) study, which recruited more than 5,600 women expecting their first babies in the early stages of pregnancy. Ten percent of women in the study said they had asthma and, overall, these women took longer to get pregnant.
When researchers separated this group according to the types of asthma treatments they were using, they found no difference in fertility between women using long-acting asthma treatments and women without asthma. Women using short-acting reliever medication (known as beta-agonists) took 20 percent longer to conceive on average. They were also 30 percent more likely to have taken more than a year to conceive, which the researchers defined as the threshold for infertility.
If you have asthma and are trying to conceive, talk to your doctors about this important information.
According to the website Medical News Today, “Period tracking can help to identify any changes to your menstrual cycle that may be an indicator of potential health issues. Furthermore, using period tracking apps can tell you when you are likely to be most fertile if you are avoiding pregnancy or trying to become pregnant.”
There are hundreds of apps that track and analyze the menstrual cycle, the editors say. They tested many of them and created a list of the 10 best apps to help readers pick the one that is the best fit for them.
You can read their top 10 list here. Then talk to your doctor to see if he or she recommends a tracking app for you.
“RCSNJ is amazing! The entire team is so friendly and the facility is warm and welcoming. I would highly recommend them. The doctors were able to find out what was going on and what to do to have a healthy pregnancy.”
“Dr. Martinez and his staff were absolutely amazing!! My husband and I got such a great feeling from the first moment we met with Dr. Martinez. He made us feel so comfortable and made us feel confident that we were going to get our bundle of joy. After some time, I’m so ecstatic to say we are pregnant and will be welcoming our little one in September! Thank you so much to everyone at Reproductive Science Center of NJ.”
And thank you to these patients for their kind words. You can read more reviews like these on our web site.
According to Endometriosis.org:
- Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (between the ages of 15 to 49)
- That amounts to approximately 176 million women in the world.
- Endometriosis can start as early as a girl’s first period.
- Menopause may not end the symptoms of endometriosis, especially if the woman has scar tissue or adhesions from the disease and/or surgery.
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and awareness starts with knowing the facts. You can read these and other important facts at the organization’s web site. Then click over to this page to learn how you can help spread information about this disease.
Endometriosis Awareness, sponsored by the international collaborative organization endometriosis.org, takes place across the globe during the month of March (and beyond) with a mission to raise awareness of a disease which affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide.
Endometriosis can have a devastating effect on quality of life due to its very painful symptoms; it is the biggest cause of infertility in women, and carries a huge personal and societal cost.
Engometriosis.org raises awareness of a disease that affects women – and their families – in their most (re)productive years. You can help, by going to the organization’s web site and learning how to you your email and social media platforms to increase knowledge about this disease.
“Always wonderful experiences. Great staff and Dr. Ziegler has been wonderful.”
“Amazing office and staff.”
These are two of the many wonderful and amazing reviews our patients have given to RSCNJ. To read more like them, please visit our web site.
In a breakthrough that could improve fertility treatment, scientists in England have grown human eggs in a laboratory. Egg cells were removed from ovary tissue at their earliest stage of development and grown to the point at which they can be fertilized. This is the first time a human egg has been developed in the lab from its earliest stage to full maturity, the researchers claimed.
This could be especially helpful in preserving the fertility of girls with cancer who require potentially harmful medical treatment, such as chemotherapy, according to the researchers. The study, a collaboration among the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, The Center for Human Reproduction in New York and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, was published in Molecular Human Reproduction.
The study has also increased understanding of how human eggs develop, which could further research into other infertility treatments, the researchers said. “Being able to fully develop human eggs in the lab could widen the scope of available fertility treatments,” said the lead researcher, Professor Evelyn Telfer, of the School of Biological Sciences: “We are now working on optimizing the conditions that support egg development in this way and studying how healthy they are. We also hope to find out, subject to regulatory approval, whether they can be fertilized.”