Is Male Infertility Being Ignored?

Now this is shocking: A survey of more than 2,000 couples seen at U.S. fertility clinics showed that three-fourths of the men had not undergone a fertility workup, even though male infertility contributes to half of all infertility cases. In the subgroup of 1,537 couples without a workup of the male partner, 17% had a history of assisted reproduction procedures, …

California OKs Fertility Preservation

The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), which regulates health care plans covering 26 million California patients, confirmed that fertility preservation prior to medical treatment which could directly or indirectly cause infertility is a covered health benefit under the overarching language of the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975. This decades old statute provides for the coverage …

Cannabis, Fertility & Pregnancy

Although cannabis is not legal according to federal law, many states have passed legislation legalizing or decriminalizing it at the state level. It seems that some medical marijuana fecilities are promoting it to pregnant women, primarliy for morning sickness relief.

About 70% of cannabis dispensaries in Colorado in a survey recommended cannabis products for relieving morning sickness in pregnant women. …

Does Egg Freezing Come With A Guarantee?

Of course not. Nothing is guaranteed in reproduction.

Freezing your eggs for fertility preservation is certainly not guaranteed to result someday in a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. In fact as I scan across what’s on the internet I do not see anyone hyping egg freezing as a sure way to protect your fertility. Yet a clinical psychologist in …

Endometriosis And Infertility

Endomnetriosis can contribute to the problem of infertility. Yet, even before a woman tries to conceive, she may suffer with monthly periods which are heavy and excruciating. But if she does not see a doctor who may suspect endometriosis she may get the advice, “Take some ibuprofen and you’ll be fine.”

Endometriosis is a disorder in which the endometrium, tissue …

Pre-Conception Planning for Pregnancy

This is a little bit off the topic of infertility but it is vital for anyone planning to conceive, infertile or not.

Of course we all knoiw that it is important to make sure that your body is prepared for pregnancy with the standard advice such as stop smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs. You should try to improve your diet, …

Five RPMG Docs Named LA Top Doctors

Five RPMG doctors have been named L.A. Top Docs 2018 in the April issue of Los Angeles Magazine. According to the magazine these are “the physicians who’ve been voted the best by other physicians.”

Included under the category of Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility are Gayane Ambartsumyan, M. D., Andy Huang, M. D., Gregory F. Rosen, M. D., Arthur L. Wisot, M. D. …

The Dilemma of Mosaic Embryos

Since physicians have been performing preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) biopsing several cells from a blastocyst and using more advanced genetic tests, Reproductive Endocrinologists been at a loss for how to deal with embryos with cells with more than one chromosomal arrangement, one normal and others with a variety of abnormal configurations. Mosaic embryos weren’t easily detectable until about …

Marijuana Use Does Not Delay Conception

A bulletin from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) highlights a study reported in the journal Ferility and Sterility that for reproductive-age men and women in the United States trying to conceive, marijuana use, or frequency of use, is not associated with a longer time to pregnancy (TTP). Researchers retrospectively reviewed data from the National Survey of Family Growth …