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How does sperm quality affect IVF success?
A semen analysis is a rudimentary test of a man’s sperm count. Men with low sperm counts (less than 5 million motile sperm) will likely have difficulties achieving pregnancies. Any man with more than one abnormal defect in his semen analysis will also have a difficult prognosis. Morphology is an interesting area as many men will have isolated abnormal morphology. Some of these men will have difficulty fertilizing eggs but not all. This makes it difficult to counsel these patients and often we turn to IVF with ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) to assist these couples in conceiving. The use of antioxidants is one
Male Fertility Testing: The Semen Analysis
A semen analysis is a male fertility test that tells your doctor (usually a fertility specialist or reproductive endocrinologist) the number of sperm in your semen, whether they are normal, and how well they move. There are many reasons why couples have trouble achieving pregnancy. A semen analysis is one of the tests your doctor will use to evaluate the male partner during a consultation at a fertility clinic. Although not a comprehensive measure of fertility, the semen analysis, if abnormal, may suggest that the probability of achieving fertility is statistically low. Among the numbers on the test, the sperm concentration and
Family Planning Options for LGBT Couples
For some in the LGBT community, determining how they can start or even grow their families with the help of fertility experts is a process sometimes fraught with obstacles. I’m happy to say that in my nearly 30 years as a fertility doctor, third-party reproductive options have come a long way. And my colleagues and I are proud to work with lesbian, gay and transgender individuals and couples to raise awareness of these options – and to help them choose what’s best for them. When deciding on the fertility clinic to use, individuals should first do their homework by researching success
What causes PCOS & how is it diagnosed?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder in which the ovaries produce excessive amounts of male hormones and develop small cysts. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is causes by hormonal imbalances that prevent ovulation. Your body produces too much of some hormones and not enough of others. Women who are diagnoses with PCOS usually have low levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), yet have high levels of luteinizing hormone (LH). FHS is the hormone that's responsible for stimulating the growth of follicles in the ovaries that contain maturing eggs. If you lack FSH for a long time, your follicles will not mature and release
5 Things You Should Know About RMA’s CareShare Program
RMANJ recently launched, CareShare 100% IVF Refund Program, which is designed to reduce the financial risks and worry that many infertility patients face by offing a 100% refund if unsuccessful. Here's 5 things you should know about RMA's CareShare 100% IVF Refund Program: #1 Program Cost The CareShare Program costs $32,000 and includes up to six (6) stimulated IVF cycles and the use of frozen embryo transfer in order to achieve one (1) healthy delivery. Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) is included in the package price. Eligible patients have 18-months from the date of first cycle to complete all possible cycles offered by the
How much does the CareShare Program cost?
For many, the cost of IVF creates a significant financial barrier to having a family. "While some may find the financial resources, the risk of failure and having nothing to show for the money spent if unsuccessful keeps many of our patients from entering care," says Dr. Thomas Molianro. "The CareShare Program was specifically designed to help reduce the financial stress, risks, and worry that many of our patients face every day." So, how much does the CareShare Program cost? The CareShare program costs $32,000 and includes up to six (6) stimulated IVF cycles and the use of frozen embryo transfer in order
How does the RMA CareShare IVF Refund Program Work?
At the core our RMANJ's CareShare program is a proven infertility treatment system that has generated IVF success rates well over the US average for more than a decade. Still, not every patient experiences success in the same way. The CareShare program was designed to help reduce the financial stress and worry that many of our patients face. So, how does this 100% IVF refund program work? First, speak to an RMANJ physician or financial counselor. The CareShare program offers a generous patient inclusion criteria unique to other financial programs. Following your initial consultation with an RMA physician and an infertility
Does in vitro fertilization (IVF) hurt?
IVF can be a long process but it’s well worth the rewards. Most patients have no side effects, but some experience bloating and slight cramping. The egg retrieval requires anesthesia in order to make the procedure painless and most women have discomfort similar to menstrual cramps for a day or two. For most women, IVF is well tolerated. There are always exceptions to the rule, particularly if a woman over responds and develops ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Luckily, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of OHSS - at RMANJ, our OHSS rate is less than
It’s All in the Genes: Megan & Aiden’s story
Nothing can describe that moment when, as a mother, your newborn baby is placed in your arms for the very first time. For nine months, you imagine everything about what this moment will be like. You bask in the joy you and your husband will feel, ponder who the baby will look like, spend time carefully scrutinizing the name, and when the time finally comes to introduce yourself as “mom,” you instantly know that no feeling will ever be better. That was how I felt when my son, Aidan, was born—he was perfect and it was in that moment, I
Advancing technologies in genetic testing | Part 3
In Part 1 & Part 2 of our series on genetic testing we discussed common questions asked and answered, along with some of the advantages and disadvantages genetic testing has to offer. As our knowledge of genetics grows, so does does our understanding that genetics is and will continue to be the future of medicine. Part 3 delves into the newest genetic testing technologies that allow us to explore the vast world of the human genetics. What is gene therapy? Gene therapy refers to a series of experimental therapies aimed at using genetic manipulation of the DNA in our cells to treat disease.  In most

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