Vasectomy Reversal: 3 Things that May Surprise You
Vasectomy reversal is not a guarantee for getting pregnant Men who have had a vasectomy may consider a reversal by a specialized urologist. There are a couple of major factors which will predict the pregnancy rate following vasectomy reversal. One is called Obstructive Interval, referring to the number of years since the vasectomy. The pregnancy rates are […]
Should I Do a Carrier Screen to Test for Preventable Diseases in My Baby?
Why do a carrier screen? If a person has a mutation for disease that matches a mutation in a partner, there is a risk that they would have a child with a severe disease. Using sophisticated technology, many of the these mutated genes can be detected with carrier screening, a genetic test used to determine […]
Chronic Prostatitis: Can It Affect My Sperm?
And how do I even know if I have chronic prostatitis? Presence of a bacterial infection in the male or female genital tract is detrimental to sperm migration. Bacteria in semen will not decrease the quantity but will definitely affect the sperm quality and motility. During our initial clinical evaluation of an infertile couple, we make […]
Does the Father’s Age Matter in Pregnancy? 3 Reasons It Does
We hear a lot about a woman’s age, but does the father’s age matter in pregnancy? The topic of advanced age of the male partner has been reviewed. In other words, men who are fathering children after the age of 40 may have increased risk of health risks for the baby. Although many people believe […]
Can a Surrogate Keep the Baby? The Ground Breaking Court Decisions That Answer This Question
This is a worry for many people who are exploring this path: can a surrogate keep the baby? A couple of decades ago, there were some ground-breaking court decisions that make surrogacy a much less worrisome avenue to pursue. In 1980, Noel Keane wrote the surrogacy contract that would prove to be important in the court […]
Answering 4 Questions about Surrogacy
What is surrogacy? Surrogacy is the arrangement by which a woman conceives, carries and delivers a child for another couple or individual. This woman is known as a surrogate mother or a gestational carrier. The gestational carrier enters into a legal arrangement that declares she is not the mother of the child she is bearing, […]
National Infertility Awareness Week – Why Focus on It for a Whole Week?
In recent years, the focus of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) has been to change the conversation surrounding infertility – to address the misconceptions, stigma and silence that accompany the medical diagnosis of infertility. National Infertility Awareness Week April 21-27, 2019 is recognized by health organizations, clinics and doctors across the country each April. NIAW […]
Male Infertility: Are There Effective Ways to Treat Cryptorchidism?
There are many causes of male infertility. One condition that can contribute is cryptorchidism, which means hidden testis. This is incomplete testicular descent in the scrotum and may be in one or both of the testicles. The testicles descend to a scrotal position in humans in order to help with sperm production. An undescended testicle(s) may […]
Testosterone or Steroid Treatments: Discover How Your Body is Being Fooled
Testosterone or anabolic steroids can interfere with male fertility When seeing a new infertile couple, semen analysis is one of the first tests we request. For the last few years, we have found an amazing number of male patients with azoospermia (lack of sperm) and abnormal sperm concentration and/or motility due to the effect of treatments with testosterone […]
Carrier Screening: Why We Recommend Patients Consider It
Carrier screening can help prevent fatal diseases like cystic fibrosis. The significant risk of cystic fibrosis in the general population has led to a recommendation that all women considering pregnancy should have cystic fibrosis screening. This fatal disease can be avoided by testing the mother (and father if needed). Medical technology has now advanced so […]