Reproductive Partners Fertility Blog

Does Fertility Treatment Have Long Term Side Effects?

March 25, 2017 at 11:05 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association journal reports a greater risk of heart failure and stroke in women who did not become pregnant after undergoing gonadotropin-based fertility treatment. The study looked at over 28,000 women, who underwent fertility treatment with injectable medications between 1993 and 2011 in Ontario, Canada.  Women who did not conceive with treatment had …

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Good Fertility = Long Life

March 24, 2017 at 4:04 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

In a paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, a team of Swedish researchers report that having kids is associated with an increase in life expectancy, especially as we age. According to the new work, 60-year-old women with children had a remaining life expectancy of 24.6 years, compared with 23.1 years for those who do not have …

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Getting Healthy Before Pregnancy

March 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

Getting healthy before pregnancy is important for both mom and baby.   In the first 8 weeks of pregnancy most of the baby’s major organs have already begun to form, so your health and nutrition even before your pregnancy has begun has a large impact on the baby’s growth and development.  Optimizing your health before pregnancy will also help you feel …

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Got Endometriosis?

March 15, 2017 at 4:26 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Have you seen the TV ad that asks, “Got Milk?” For many women a more important question is, “Got Endometriosis?” It’s very common; endometriosis affects about 1 in 10 women. So why don’t more women know its symptoms? And not being aware you have endometriosis can be detrimental to your health and especially your fertility.

Endometriosis is a condition in …

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Aspirin May Help Decrease Miscarriage Rates in Women with Inflammation

March 12, 2017 at 7:26 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism finds that low dose aspirin may help women with chronic low-grade inflammation and prior pregnancy losses achieve and maintain a pregnancy.  The study looked at the effects of low dose aspirin on over 1200 women who had previously lost one or two pregnancies.  Women with high CRP levels, …

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Making IVF More Successful. What works?

March 9, 2017 at 10:32 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

A recent article in Newsweek looks at “add-ons” to the basic IVF cycle and comes to the conclusion that there is no evidence that many of them help except the endometrial “scratch”: biopsy in the cycle before the transfer.

These add-ons include blastocyst culture, where the embryo is allowed to grow in the lab for five days instead of the …

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What Men Can Do to Improve Their Fertility

March 2, 2017 at 9:36 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study found that eating walnuts may improve sperm quality.  This animal study on mice supports a previous 2012 study, which showed that men who added 75 gram (2.5 ounces) of walnuts per day to their diets had improved sperm vitality, motility, and morphology compared to men who did not.  The benefits of walnuts likely comes from the high …

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Heavy work=less fertility?

March 1, 2017 at 5:10 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

This concept is counter-intuitive to the old adage of women working hard harvesting in the potato fields, having a baby and going right back to work and then having another baby in less than a year. Back then when woman started their reproductive lives in their teens or early twenties, worked very hard physically day and night without today’s conveniences, …

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All Women Should be Offered Genetic Screening Prior to Pregnancy

February 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is recommending that all women, regardless of ethnic background, be offered genetic carrier screening prior to pregnancy.  In a new Committee Opinion, ACOG states “Carrier screening and counseling ideally should be performed before pregnancy because this enables couples to learn about their reproductive risk and consider the most complete range of reproductive …

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Insurance for Fertility Treatment?

February 22, 2017 at 12:38 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

The concept of health insurance to cover medical illness started catching on in the 1940’s and the current system of health insurance has evolved with surprisingly little change. Of course there was the start of Medicare in the late 1960’s to cover the seniors, the development of PPO’s and HMO’s, Medicaid to cover the indigent population and most recently, the …

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