Optimizing Male Fertility

Sometimes I think we miss the boat on male factor infertility. Patients, and sometimes their doctors, forget about the husbands or partners of our female factor infertility patients. Seems that most times, the female half of the couple is the one seeking care. Statistically, male factor infertility is clearly involved in at least 40% of infertility cases, just like female factor infertility. The remaining 20% are unexplained infertility issues, and logically half of those are male factor. In many cases, both the male and the female in the couple have issues. And yet, 80% of our patients are female. I think it is important to remember that just because one person in a couple has a diagnosable issue, it does…
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Does acupuncture have a role in the treatment of threatened miscarriage?

Findings from a feasibility randomised trial and semi-structured participant interviews Abstract: Threatened miscarriage is a common complication of early pregnancy increasing the risk of miscarriage or premature labour. Currently there is limited evidence to recommend any biomedical pharmacological or self-care management, resulting in a ‘watchful waiting’ approach. The objective of this study was to examine the feasibility of offering acupuncture as a therapeutic treatment for women presenting with threatened miscarriage.  Read the entire study here.

Management of Stress in Fertility Care

“Just relax, Honey, and you will get pregnant.” “You’re too stressed out to get pregnant!” “You just need a vacation so you can get pregnant.” Any patient who has been dealing with infertility for any length of time has heard one, if not all, of the above. While the person saying this means well, he or she has no idea most of the time what a fertility patient may need or not need. All of these statements are, at least for most of my patients, annoying, frustrating, and downright offensive. If all you needed to do was relax, you probably would be pregnant by now, right? So, let’s take a minute and examine this whole stress thing. I believe that there…
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