Reproductive Partners Fertility Blog

Can At-Home Tests Predict Fertility?

August 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new startup company, developed by former Uber and 23AndMe executives, is offering at-home fertility testing for women.  The company, Modern Fertility, has the goal of offering a low-cost alternative for fertility testing compared to testing through a standard laboratory.  Their test costs $149 and measures up to 10 fertility hormones via finger-prick blood samples.

According to their website, the …

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State Laws to Cover Fertility Preservation

August 16, 2017 at 11:41 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

There has been some recent activity in state legislatures in providing coverage for procedures such as egg freezing for fertility preservation for women who are planning to undergo gonadotoxic medical treatments.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law in June, legislation (HB 7124) to require insurance coverage of fertility preservation for insured individuals diagnosed with cancer, or whenever this treatment …

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Do IVF Babies Grow Up to be Healthy?

August 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

Although 1.5% of all babies now born in the United States are conceived via in vitro fertilization, we have to remember that this is still fairly new technology.  The first IVF baby was born in 1978, so children conceived via IVF are still relatively young.  Given this, we are just now finding out how IVF children are fairing as adults.  …

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IVF Three Parent Embryos? Not!

August 9, 2017 at 11:40 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

When doctors develop new radical procedures and especially they market them to the public, there are certain steps they must take or run afoul of the specialty and government regulators or both.

The so-called, “Three Parent Embryos” created in an IVF cycle is the latest example of a hyped procedure gone wrong.

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to …

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Why Do Some Normal Embryos Fail to Implant?

August 7, 2017 at 5:13 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

One of the hardest questions to answer for a fertility specialist is, “Why did a genetically normal embryo fail to implant?”.  With the increased use of preimplantation genetic screening on embryos, couples often have very high hopes of achieving a pregnancy when a genetically normal is obtained from an in vitro fertilization cycle. Unfortunately, not all genetically normal embryos will …

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Quiet bedroom= stronger sperm

August 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Last week Dr Amin blogged here that a new analysis published in the journal, Human Reproduction Update, is showing that the sperm counts of men in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have markedly declined in the past 40 years.

If you or your partner has a marginal sperm count, here is something simple that could make a …

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Sperm Counts of Western Men are Declining

July 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new analysis published in the journal, Human Reproduction Update, is showing that the sperm counts of men in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have markedly declined in the past 40 years.

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusulem conducted a meta-analysis of 185 studies. The studies included data from sperm samples from almost 43,000 men from …

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RPMG’s Dr. Marli Amin Named “Rising Star”

July 24, 2017 at 12:25 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Dr. Marli Amin has been named a Rising Star in Los Angeles Magazine’s list of Super Doctors of 2017 in the August 2017 issue.

Dr. Amin completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Irvine, where she was given the ARISE star performer award for exemplifying academic achievement, respect, integrity, service, and excellence as a physician. …

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Questions to Ask if Your IVF Cycle Fails

July 22, 2017 at 6:45 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

Although IVF has a high chance of success, not all couples conceive with their first IVF cycle.  Patients who don’t conceive with IVF often ask, “What happened?  Why weren’t we successful?”  These can be difficult questions to answer, but after an unsuccessful cycle, it’s important for both the patients and the physician to review how the cycle went.  For patients, …

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IVF Demand Increases in China

July 18, 2017 at 11:58 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

According to Bloomberg News, a paradox has emerged in China: As the country finally relaxes its one-child policy, factors like lower sperm counts, later pregnancies and other health barriers are making it harder for many to get pregnant. As a result, businesses from China to Australia, and even California are lining up to help — and profit from — …

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