When Should ICSI be Used?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a very specialized technique performed by embryologists that involves injecting a single sperm into each egg retrieved from an IVF cycle.  It was first introduced in the early 1990s to help fertilize eggs for couples with male factor infertility.  Since the 1990s, the use of ICSI with IVF cycles has substantially increased.  In fact, ICSI …

New Fathers’ Age is Rising

Maybe this is why we are seeing more cases of male infertility and many cases of IVF are requiring ICSI.

Researchers at Stanford University reviewed data on 168,867,480 live births from 1972 to 2015, making statistical adjustments for missing paternal records. The average age of the father of a newborn in the United States, the investigators found, has risen to …

Sperm Counts of Western Men are Declining

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 …

IVF babies are as smart as naturally-conceived

Since the dawn of assisted reproduction in the late 1970’s the question of whether those conceived through “artificial means” would be as smart and healthy as those conceived naturally was debated.

Here’s the latest answer: Children conceived artificially don’t have worse cognitive skills than babies conceived naturally. In fact, kids born through techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), or …

What Men Can Do to Improve Their Fertility

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 …

Prescription Medications Can Adversely Affect Male Fertility

Prescription medications can adversely affect male fertility.

Researchers at Stanford determined that certain classes of antihypertensive medications have a deleterious effect on male fertility. Using a national database of insurance claims filed in the US for patients with employer-provided coverage, they extracted data on men who had taken antihypertensive drugs, whose diagnosis or treatment codes suggested infertility. They compared the …

Focusing on male fertility

An article on the impact on male fertility on slate.com draws attention to the increasing male factor in infertile couples.

Male fertility is a new epidemic, at least if you’ve seen the news coverage. This burgeoning crisis seems to be related to the effects of age, inspiring headlines such as: “Men Also Suffer Age-Related Infertility,” “Too Old to Be a …

The Decline in Male Fertility

I have been noticing it for the past ten years: the sperm parameters in otherwise healthy men have been declining. In fact, the World Health Organization recently downgraded the normal values for a semen analysis.

An article in the July 16th edition of the Wall Street Journal reports on the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) annual conference …

ASRM ABSTRACTS: Male obesity adversly affacts fertility

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


In a study of men requiring surgical …

RPMG doctors’ videos featured on Fertility Authority

Video interviews of Reproductive Partners’ doctors are now being featured on fertilityauthority.com.

Dr. Andy Huang discusses discusses the latest technique in egg freezing for fertility preservation: vitrification.

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Dr Huang is interviewed on how vitrification is an effective and highly successful way of freezing eggs and embryos.

Dr. David Meldrum explains how lifestyle affects fertility.

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Dr Arthur …