October 1, 2014

Happy 15th Birthday RMANJ!!

RMANJ started 15 years ago today.   The initial morning saw Drs. Drews, Bergh, and Scott moving boxes out of the way so we could do scans. Between scans we were moving furniture, connecting computers,  and seeing as many patients as possible so they could enroll in the new system. We saw almost 1000 new patients the [Read more]

September 23, 2014

Fertility Testing: Understanding Ultrasound Testing

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your internal organs on a monitor. Ultrasound can help your doctor monitor your ovulation and diagnosis conditions such as pelvic masses and early pregnancy. Your doctor can also examine the thickness and pattern of your uterine lining. Ultrasound is also used to monitor cycles during which [Read more]

September 18, 2014

The End Will Justify The Means – destination, parenthood

It must be human nature to get caught up in the details of a journey and sometimes lose sight of the destination, no matter how glorious it may be. The same could be said of parenthood.  Virtually every prospective parent has a vision of how their family is going to start. None involve an IVF [Read more]

September 9, 2014

Fertility Evaluation: Hormones

Hormonal evaluation studies identify hormonal imbalances that may impair your fertility. Hormones control every step in achieving pregnancy, from stimulating the development of an egg to ovulation and implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus. Each hormone that plays a role in the conception must be produced in a specific amount at a precises time [Read more]

August 29, 2014

Male Infertility Otherwise Known As: Male Factor

The cause of infertility may be due to a problem with the man’s reproductive system, or a problem that involves both partners. The cause of male infertility is often unknown. However, some causes have been identified, include problems related to: sperm production the anatomy or structure of the man’s reproductive organs the man’s immune system [Read more]

August 19, 2014

Male Fertility: The Semen Analysis

A semen analysis is a test that tells your doctor the number of sperm in your semen, whether they are normal, and how well they move. There are many reasons why couples have trouble achieving pregnancy. A semen analysis is one of the tests your doctor will use to evaluate your problem. Your test results will tell your doctor [Read more]

August 14, 2014

Medicine is a humbling profession or “the other 40 percent”

“Medicine is a humbling profession.” I must have heard that once, but I can’t remember where. Just a single line dropped nonchalantly somewhere along the way of 11 years of postgraduate medical education. At the time it was one of those things you hear, know is important and profound, but won’t be able to fully [Read more]

July 24, 2014

What should I expect during a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)?

A hysterosalpingogram (HIS-teh-roh-sal-PING-oh-gram) (HSG) is a test that lets your doctor examine the inside walls of your uterus and fallopian tubes.  This minor procedure is designed to provide information about the shape and contour of the endometrial cavity (uterus) or to document the presence of endometrial polyps, leiomyomata (fibroids), or scarring. In addition the procedure will determine whether the fallopian tubes are patent (open). [Read more]

July 10, 2014

RMANJ Comments on Recent U.S. Senate Hearing on “Dr. Oz Effect”

Cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality Dr. Mehmet OZ was recently grilled by Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance about the promotion of weight loss products on his wildly popular television show. You can watch a clip of the hearing at: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/17/health/senate-grills-dr-oz/index.html?hpt=hp_c2 According to Jen Christensen and Jacque Wilson of CNN, the subcommittee [Read more]

July 1, 2014

Single Embryo Transfer in the eyes of an OBGYN – Dr. Allen Kessel

“Where you stand depends on where you sit.”  These words could not be truer for couples undergoing IVF treatments.  Some of these couples will have the opportunity to transfer one embryo (single embryo transfer, or SET) or two in what becomes one of the most important decisions of their entire treatment.  For many, there will [Read more]