Tag Archives: ICSI

Sperm Counts of Western Men are Declining

Written on 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 …

IVF babies are as smart as naturally-conceived

Written on June 2, 2017 at 2:08 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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

Written on 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 …

Prescription Medications Can Adversely Affect Male Fertility

Written on December 17, 2016 at 10:39 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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

Written on June 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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

Written on July 16, 2013 at 9:21 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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

Written on June 17, 2013 at 10:42 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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

Written on May 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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.


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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Sperm quality is declining

Written on August 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

According to an article in the August 16th edition of the Los Angeles Times, sperm quality is down everywhere, but Israel is worse off than other developed countries.

Speculative theories range from the mundane (carrying cellphones in front pockets) to the far-fetched (depleted uranium from exploded munitions). Some Israeli scientists are looking seriously at naturally occurring hormones, particularly estrogen, …

Study links ICSI to greater chance of birth defects…or is it just the infertility?

Written on May 6, 2012 at 8:58 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

In a widely reported study, the ICSI procedure was found to result in a greater chance of congenital abnormalities than either in the general or infertility population. It's well-known that couples dealing with infertility have a higher chance if birth defects so the real question is whether the increase seen in this study is due to the procedure or …