Two cheers for Dr. Mensah!

Two patients have taken the time to post their praise for Dr. Virginia Mensah.

“Dr. Mensah has been extremely helpful and caring throughout this process.”

“Dr. Mensah is great—very patient and took the time to clarify everything.”

Thanks to them, and to everyone who has posted reviews of our services, which you can read on our web site.

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Painkillers in pregnancy may affect baby’s future fertility

Taking painkillers during pregnancy could affect the fertility of the unborn child in later life, research suggests. The study says these drugs may also affect the fertility of future generations, by leaving marks on DNA.

The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, add to a growing body of evidence that certain medicines, including paracetamol, should be used with caution during pregnancy.

Researchers stress that advice for pregnant women remains unchanged. Current guidelines say that, if necessary, paracetamol — also known as acetaminophen — should be used at the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time. Ibuprofen should be avoided during pregnancy.

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh looked at the effects of paracetamol and ibuprofen on samples of human fetal testes and ovaries. Ovaries exposed to paracetamol for one week had more than 40 per cent fewer egg-producing cells. After ibuprofen exposure, the number of cells was almost halved. Experts say this is important because girls produce all of their eggs in the womb, so if they are born with a reduced number it could lead to an early menopause.

Painkiller exposure during development could have effects on unborn boys too, the study found. Testicular tissue exposed to painkillers in a culture dish had around a quarter fewer sperm-producing cells after exposure to paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Dr. Rod Mitchell, who led the research at the University of Edinburgh’s MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, said: “We would encourage women to think carefully before taking painkillers in pregnancy and to follow existing guidelines — taking the lowest possible dose for the shortest time possible.”

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A breakthrough in PCOS treatment?

A hormone imbalance which appears to cause polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) could be reversed using a common IVF drug, according to research. A new theory about how PCOS develops while female embryos are still in the womb may offer scientists a way to treat the condition, which is thought to affect one in five women.

Researchers at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) say the condition, for which there is currently no cure, could be caused by over-exposure to the anti-Müllerian hormone. When high levels of the hormone are put into mice their offspring show symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but in the latest study, scientists were able to reverse the effects with cetrorelix, a drug commonly used to control ovulation during IVF.

Pregnant women with PCOS have 30 per cent more of the hormone than normal, suggesting the condition could be passed from mother to daughter before birth. The study has been called “radical” and proposes an “attractive strategy” for boosting fertility in women with the condition, which makes it difficult to get pregnant. Scientists hope to start trials in women within a year. If successful, the breakthrough could be good news for PCOS sufferers wanting to have a baby.

Researchers think the link to the anti-Müllerian hormone could explain why women with PCOS seem to be more likely to get pregnant as they get older. Levels of the hormone are known to decline as women get older.

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Male depression may lower fertility odds in couples

Among couples being treated for infertility, depression in the male partner was linked to lower pregnancy chances, while depression in the female partner was not found to influence the rate of live birth, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The study, which appears in Fertility and Sterility, also linked a class of antidepressants known as non-selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (non-SSRIs) to a higher risk of early pregnancy loss among females being treated for infertility. SSRIs, another class of antidepressants, were not linked to pregnancy loss. Neither depression in the female partner nor use of any other class of antidepressant were linked to lower pregnancy rates.

“Our study provides infertility patients and their physicians with new information to consider when making treatment decisions,” said study author Esther Eisenberg, M.D., of the Fertility and Infertility Branch at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which funded the study.

The researchers combined data from two previous studies funded by NICHD’s Reproductive Medicine Network. From the two studies, the researchers analyzed data for 1,650 women and 1,608 men. Couples in which the male partner had major depression were 60 percent less likely to conceive and have a live birth than those in which the male partner did not have major depression.

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Zinc deficiency may harm egg development, study finds

Ovulation disorders are a leading cause of female infertility. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have found that zinc deficiency can negatively affect the early stages of egg development, reducing the ability of the egg cells to divide and be fertilized. This may affect fertility months in the future.

The availability of micronutrients in the ovarian environment and their influence on the development, viability and quality of egg cells (oocytes) is the focus of a growing area of research. Multiple factors can influence whether a given oocyte will mature correctly and one day be ovulated, including the presence of sufficient levels of certain micronutrients.

More and more evidence is accumulating that zinc is a key player in oocyte development, the researchers said. They assessed the effects of zinc on egg development extremely early on in the oocyte maturation process. They found that zinc deficiency:

  • disrupted growth of cells in culture
  • led to smaller egg cells early in development
  • caused problems with development of somatic cells and elevated certain cell markers
  • impaired the egg cell’s ability to properly divide (meiosis), a necessary step before successful fertilization can occur. This defect persisted even after more zinc was introduced to the environment.

Populations at risk for zinc deficiency include people with dietary and disease factors that also affect zinc status such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, gastrointestinal disorders and liver disease; women facing food insecurity; or women with certain dietary restrictions, such as vegetarians or vegans who don’t take supplemental zinc.

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“Sad to go—but I am pregnant!”

“Dr. Mensah has been extremely helpful and caring throughout this process.”

“I can’t thank all the doctors and staff enough for all they did for my husband and I during our infertility journey. Today is my last day with them and I’m sad to go but I am pregnant! So stay hopeful and trust them with your whole heart!”

We helped these patients achieve their dreams, and we can do the same for you. Read more reviews like these on our web site.

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How can you participate in National Women’s Health Week?

During National Women’s Health Week each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life.

The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week is celebrated through May 19, 2018. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health leads National Women’s Health Week to encourage all women to be as healthy as possible.

The Office on Women’s Health invites you to:

  • Learn what steps you can take for good health, no matter your age.
  • Take the National Women’s Health Week quiz to see how much you know about healthy living.
  • Show your friends how you’re making your health a priority with our easy-to-use social media resources. Use the #NWHW hashtag.
  • Show your support for women’s health by joining the National Women’s Health Week Thunderclap.
  • Organize events or activities in your community.

To learn how, go to Womenshealth.gov.

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Celebrate Women’s Health Week, and get healthy!

During National Women’s Health Week each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life.

The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health leads National Women’s Health Week to encourage all women to be as healthy as possible.

To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

  • Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit (checkup) and preventive screenings.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

Learn more about Women’s Mental Health Week at WomensHealth.gov.

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“The BEST in NJ!”

“Dr. Martinez and his ENTIRE staff are not just excellent professionals, they are caring and compassionate from the very first visit to the last. Always made me feel at ease and took their time to answer all of my questions thoroughly. Dr. Martinez is just genuinely nice and personable, listens to your concerns, remembers who you are and you never feel being rushed out of the office. The nurses (who are so nice, professionals & knowledgeable) follow up with all your medical needs, return your phone calls promptly and have an organized and detailed system of your meds protocol. The girls at the front desk always welcome you with a smile and the billing department took care of my insurance (one less thing to worry about). I felt very confident from day one that I was in great hands!!! I will forever be grateful for helping my dream come true!!! I highly recommend this facility as it is the BEST in NJ!!!”

Thank you to this patient, who posted such kind words about us. You can read more like this one at our web site.

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Upcoming events to help Paint the Town Pink

Paint the Town Pink is a community-wide effort presented by Hackensack Meridian Health to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammograms and women’s overall health and wellness. There are many ways to do that, including attending these upcoming events:

Pinktown Yoga

May 9, 2018 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Eatontown Community Center

Show your support and wear PINK to Yoga class during the month of May to attend the class for FREE!

Family Yoga and Dedication Workout

May 10, 2018 @ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Tilton Fitness Manahawkin

Bring the whole family and dedicate your workout to a special person Free to Anyone Wearing Pink. RSVP to adonofrio@Tiltonfitness.com

Pinktown Zumba

May 10, 2018 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Eatontown Community Center

Show your support and wear PINK to Zumba class during the month of May to attend the class for FREE!

Dancethon

May 11, 2018 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Tilton Fitness Powered by HMH

Join us for some free fitness fun! The dancethon will feature both Zumba and SH’bam instruction along with raffles and more.

Pinklates

May 12, 2018 @ 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Tilton Fitness Manahawkin

Join us for a morning of strengthening your core! Free to anyone wearing Pink. RSVP to adonofrio@Tiltonfitness.com

To learn more about these events and Paint the Town Pink, go to this web site: https://www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/paint-town-pink/

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