If you are having trouble trying to conceive or suspect you have infertility, you might be wondering which doctor is right for you: OB-GYN or Reproductive Endocrinologist (fertility doctor). As a former fertility patient myself and huge fan of my OB-GYN, I went through a wavering thought process before I made the call to my fertility doctor: “Why can’t I just work with my OB-GYN and take Clomid?”... “Ok, I know we can do this!”... “The thought of a fertility clinic is intimidating!”... “Does this mean I need to do IVF?”... “The fertility doctor will know how to treat us!”
Men taking antioxidant supplements to improve their fertility is a trend that is growing in close proportion to both the increasing prevalence of subfertility in couples trying to conceive, as well as the increasing awareness that male factors can be a significant problem during this potentially challenging phase in a couple’s relationship. It is well known now that male factors are the sole cause of infertility in 30% of couples who have difficulty conceiving, with another 20% attributable to both male and female factors.
When trying to conceive, some days are more fertile than others
When you are trying to conceive, there are certain times in your menstrual cycle when you are more fertile than others. Fertile days occur around the time of ovulation, when your ovaries release a mature egg for fertilization. If you are trying to get pregnant, it is important to plan sex during your most fertile days.
Did you know men have healthier sperm in the winter and spring? I didn’t, but I wonder if that is the reason my in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle in April 2010 was successful.
A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology examined semen samples of 6,455 men, between January 2006 and July 2009, who were being treated for male factor infertility. Researchers found higher count, higher motility, and fewer men exhibiting morphology problems when the sample consisted of sperm made in the cooler months. A sperm production cycle takes approximately three months, so sperm produced in the fall was likely collected in the winter and sperm produced in the winter was likely collected in the spring. Sperm quality showed a steady decline into the summer and fall months, sperm which would have been produced in the spring and summer months.
When it comes to holiday hours, each fertility clinic operates differently. Some clinics close for a few days or even weeks during the winter holidays. Other clinics maintain morning monitoring hours, but schedule IVF lab procedures for after the New Year. Closing all or a portion of the facility allows treatment staff to spend much needed time with family, gives them the opportunity to catch up on paperwork, and offers down time to thoroughly clean the lab without risking egg or embryo viability.
Sometimes it’s the little things that can lead to bigger problems, such as male infertility.
“I think a lot of men are doing things in their lifestyle that will adversely affect their sperm,” says Dr. Arthur Wisot a California fertility doctor with Reproductive Partners Medical Group. He explains how everyday three toxins can cause male infertility, particularly the count and quality of sperm.