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The Male Reproductive System: Sperm Analysis

Sperm Analysis

Take this mini course on the Male Reproductive System and test your anatomy knowledge at the same time.

The male reproductive system structures give men the ability to reproduce by fertilizing a woman’s egg. There are a number of organs that make up the male reproductive system.
Although infertility is commonly felt to be a female condition, a male factor often plays a significant role. Certain risk factors place a male at higher risk of having infertility including any abnormalities or issues with the testicles themselves, prior treatment for cancer, hormonal disorders, prior scrotal surgery, or even infections such a sexually transmitted disease.

 

Celebrities Who Used Surrogacy to Build a Family by Zoe Hemenway

Kim Kardashian West with husband Kanye West
Lucy Liu used a Surrogate to have a child
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban used a Surrogate to build their family
Model, Tyra Banks longed to be a mom for years. A surrogate helped her achieve motherhood.
Jimmy Fallon and wife Nancy Juvonen used a surrogate to build their family
Elton John with Husband David Furnish used a surrogate
David Burtka and husband Neil Patrick Harris have twins via a surrogate.

Register for the Surrogacy Webinar: Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Noon (12:00pm) Anyone interested in surrogacy (intended parents or potential surrogate mothers) are welcome to participate.

Celebrities are people just like everyone else. Some want to get married and start a family, some do not. Some celebrities find starting and building their families easy but others like many dealing with infertility and pregnancy loss struggle with the physical and emotional side to fertility just like "regular" people.

Baby Steps to Surrogacy: An Interview with Attorney Marla Neufeld, Esq.

Marla with her husband and twins
Photo of Marla Neufeld, Esq.

"I was under the impression that once you decide to start a family, you toss the birth control and give it the 'old college try'. BAM! There you are in your cute maternity jeans, booking your family trip to Disney World. I was surely mistaken. The reality my husband and I suffered through years of failed infertility treatments, disappointment, and expense. 

Exercise-Induced Male Factor Infertility

Male Cyclists racing

Exercise-Induced Male Factor Infertility
        Case Introduction
E.N. is a 32 year-old male who presents to his primary care provider with his wife with a complaint of infertility. He and his wife, a 30 year-old female, have been unsuccessful at conceiving for the past 15 months. His wife has been having normal monthly menstrual cycles, has been evaluated by her gynecologist and had normal fertility testing. Edward was instructed by his wife’s doctor to seek out fertility testing of his own. He and his wife are concerned about their ability to conceive.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) For Veterans Jeopardized by a New Amendment in Congress

Veteran

Veterans do so much for our country. An amendment to appropriate money for injured vets who need IVF treatment jeopardizes their chance to conceive. We need your help to contact representatives and let them know this is just wrong.

What Makes Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT Unique

What makes RMA - CT unique. Check out their video to see why.

An Update from Kaitlin and Scott's IVF Scholarship Experience

Twins

In late 2013, after many months of treatments and medications, my husband and I were blessed with the gift of a positive pregnancy test.  The coming weeks, blessed us with news of a boy/girl twins pregnancy. This blessed event was a dream-come-true. 

Our pregnancy was smooth as we went through testing, ultrasounds, and OBGYN appointments.  However, at 23 weeks everything changed.  What was once our greatest gift turned into the most difficult event of our lives. The day after we became parents to Nora and Hendrik they passed quietly away in our arms.  They lived only 37 short hours. The heartbreak was unbearable.

The Zika Virus: What you need to know.

What you need to know about the Zika Virus when trying to get pregnant.
Example of a rash
Planet with mosquitoes surrounding it
Map of spreading Zika virus.

[Note: Update June 28, 2016, call your Senators to ask them to pass a "clean bill" for emergency funding. Some Senators are adding riders to the bill designed to make it harder to pass. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Zika is her in the US and is an International Crisis]

A Day in the Life of a Fertility Nurse

Fertility Nurse

Walking into work with a coffee in my hand, I prepare for the day. We get a variety of patients which is what I love about my job. We see so many patients and each person has a different story. I cannot wait to see what happens for each one of them.

My first task for the day is to read my email. I check email often and often respond late into the evening. When I check again I find someone sent me a picture of their new baby, another letting me know their pregnancy test was negative and another ecstatic but worried with a positive pregnancy test. There are the ups and the downs. We are consummate professionals but still as we watch you going through the emotional and taxing fertility journey, we empathize with all the different emotions and the pain. This fertility excursion is a tough one but we continue with lots of hugs, medical advice and even tears of joy and sorrow

Webinar: Implantation Failure with Mark Perloe, M.D.

What does implantation failure consist of - how do physicians test for it? What can be done to improve or further implantation? Read Dr. Perloe's article and listen to his talk on all that is currently available to enhance chances of an ongoing pregnancy.

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