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]

June 24, 2014

Getting Pregnant after 40 With or Without Fertility Treatment

Until the last several years, the common wisdom was that all the wonderful advances at improving the “take home baby” rate for the infertile mainly benefited women under the age of 35. Women over the age of 38 to 40 were encouraged (pushed?) to use donor eggs or, to a lesser degree, donor embryos. Medical [Read more]

June 19, 2014

Dr. Eric Forman Comments on KABC-TV’s “Mini IVF Provides Fertility Alternative” Article

I recently saw an online article from KABC-TV in Los Angeles titled “Mini IVF Provides Fertility Alternative” and wanted to provide some additional insights and comments on the subject. The idea of “mini-IVF” has received a lot of positive media attention lately as an alternative to “traditional” IVF. Often touted as being cost effective since [Read more]

June 17, 2014

RMANJ Comments on Reuters Health story “Insurance coverage of IVF may decrease multiple pregnancies” by Kathryn Doyle

All of us at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey of New Jersey (RMANJ) are very pleased to see the attention that single embryo transfer (SET) has received in the media over the last several months. Kathryn Doyle’s recent piece titled “Insurance coverage of IVF may decrease multiple pregnancies” again highlights the fact that upstream [Read more]

June 12, 2014

Infertility makes Father’s Day forever bittersweet

When thinking about this coming Father’s Day on Sunday I began contemplating how the many hopeful fathers out there would be spending their day.  Would it be spent celebrating their father, or grandfathers?  Would they eagerly take part in their family’s tradition of honoring their loved ones?  Or would this day remind them of their infertility [Read more]