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Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York’s Fertility Minute Blog focuses on providing the most accurate and up-to-date information for those seeking treatment for infertility, fertility preservation and for anyone seeking critical knowledge to help them achieve their family building goals. The RMA of New York team of board-certified reproductive endocrinologists and infertility specialists provide care in six locations throughout metropolitan New York, and has a successful history of treating patients with reproductive disorders, ovarian dysfunction, male infertility, and unexplained infertility, while implementing basic and advanced methods of treatment for infertility. Featured blog entries address these topics as well as fertility preservation for elective and medical indications, genetic screening technologies such as Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS) and matters related to third party reproduction including pregnancy through use of ovum donation and gestational carriers.
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Going through infertility treatment is often an incredibly stressful time. Due to the anxiety experienced in trying to conceive, frequent doctor’s visits or tension that can sometimes arise during treatment, it can feel nearly impossible to have a sense of healthfulness during this time. While there isn’t a lot one can do to influence how their ovaries or endometrial lining might respond to treatment, focusing on staying healthy can help reestablish a sense of control.
There is a common assumption that when a couple is experiencing difficulty in achieving pregnancy, it is typically attributable to a problem with the female. This is not at all the case, and in fact, male infertility accounts for 40 to 50 percent of all infertility cases. In some instances the issue centers on factors such as hormonal insufficiencies, environmental factors or poor general health, while in others the complications are caused by the male’s reproductive system in its ability to produce viable sperm. I recently treated a couple for whom this was the issue; they were married for four years and had spent the previous two years casually trying to get pregnant – they hadn’t used any birth control for the first year, just hoping that things would happen naturally, and then during the second year they had increased attention to her cycle, used an ovulation predictor, all to no avail. After their initial assessment and work-up, we ran a standard semen analysis, only to find that the husband had a zero sperm count. This is referred to azoospermia, a condition that only affects about 1% of males. On physical examination he was noted to have normal testis but no vas deferens were palpable bilaterally. The couple was immediately relieved to learn from me that normal sperm production was present but due to a congenital condition, known as congenital bilateral absence vas deferens, a blockage was present. Most importantly we discussed on the initial visit that via sperm retrieval and IVF with ICSI, their hope of having a family can be fulfilled.