ARC® Fertility Articles

New Therapy for an Old Nemesis: Neural Tube Defects

Keith A Hansen M.D.© http://womens.sanfordhealth.org Sanford Health Fertility and Reproductive Medicine 1500 W. 22nd Street, Suite 102 Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 328-8800 Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation. – Mason Cooley Neural tube defects (NTDs), the second-most common major congenital anomaly, can occur as an isolated event, with other anomalies, or as a […]

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An Uncommon Etiology For A Common Problem: Hirsutism

Emily Winterton, MD; Kathleen Eyster, PhD; Keith A Hansen M.D.© http://womens.sanfordhealth.org Sanford Health Fertility and Reproductive Medicine 1500 W. 22nd Street, Suite 102 Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 328-8800 Abstract Hirsutism is a common problem affecting women that is usually the result of a benign etiology. However, sudden onset or rapidly progressive hirsutism, especially when accompanied […]

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A Cost Efficient Approach to Infertility Diagnosis and Treatment for the OBGYN Generalist

Georgia Reproductive Specialists This page, and all contents, are Copyright © 2007 by IVF.com, Atlanta, GA, USA. Introduction The purpose of this proposal is to outline suggested clinical pathways for the management of infertility and common reproductive endocrinology problems. The goal is to create an approach that provides the greatest success while using limited resources […]

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The Future of Fertility

Thirty years ago people suffering from infertility had few treatment options — surgery or hormonal therapy for the woman and varicocoele repair for the man. The birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube baby, marked a genuine medical breakthrough. Initially, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) was used only to treat fallopian tube damage. Since […]

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At what cost?

Eric Flisser, M.D.© http://rmany.com RMA of New York 635 Madison Ave, 10th Floor New York, NY 10022 Telephone: (212) 756-5777 Infertility therapy can be emotionally taxing and financially burdensome.  The “necessity” of such therapy is the source of much debate, since not having children is not, by itself, considered a disease, and therefore many insurers […]

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The Stumbling Blocks to IVF

By G. David Adamson, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACS© Board Certified, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility http://www.pamf.org/fertility/ PAMF Fertility Physicians of Northern California 2581 Samaritan Drive, Suite 302, San Jose, CA 95124  (800) 597 2234 3200 Kearney Street Fremont, CA 94538 (800) 497-2234   Many couples who might successfully utilize IVF techniques to build their families fail to […]

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What is in a Name? A Higher Cost!

Keith A Hansen M.D.© http://womens.sanfordhealth.org Sanford Health Fertility and Reproductive Medicine 1500 W. 22nd Street, Suite 102 Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 328-8800 There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science. – Louis Pasteur Preterm birth remains a cause of significant morbidity and mortality in the newborn. In 2008, the March of […]

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Infertility: Helping Mother Nature

Infertility is a highly personal and emotional subject and it’s a medical problem that is growing. In fact, six million American adults will be touched by infertility this year representing all ages, socioeconomic groups, and genders. Because of the personalized nature of infertility—the inability to conceive or take a baby to term—there is no one […]

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Infertility Evaluation

Infertility Evaluation Definition The textbook definition of infertility is when a couple has difficulty achieving pregnancy after trying for one year. However, the work-up can be started earlier even if a couple has attempted pregnancy for a shorter period, especially if the female partner is older than 35. Some women have a known condition that […]

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Infertility

Definition: Inability to get pregnant after one year of attempts (if the woman partner is under age 35) or after 6 months of attempts (if over age 35). Incidence: Approximately 10-12% of couples are unable to conceive. The chance of a fertile couple to conceive is 20-25% each month, or 85% after 12 months of […]

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How do I choose a fertility specialist?

Finding the right physician under any circumstances can be a daunting task. A patient who needs help with fertility may be faced with complicated medical decisions. Friends, family, and even the press and the Internet can provide contradictory information, making it extremely important that each patient find the most appropriate physician to advise her, support […]

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Hope. Dream. Hold Your Miracle.

After months of trying to get pregnant without success, “infertility” is never a word a couple wants to hear from their physician. Today, many couples are gaining hope from improvements for infertility diagnosis and treatment — making the dream of conceiving a child a real possibility. Infertility is a common disease many couples face during […]

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The Good Egg…Everything You Need to Know About Ovulation

Ovulation is perhaps the single most important factor when trying to conceive. Women who have infrequent, irregular, or no ovulation (anovulation) will find that conceiving is either very difficult or downright impossible. Understanding Ovulation Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary and makes it way through the fallopian tube in anticipation […]

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Ask the Experts: Fertility Q&A

For many in our audience who are not familiar with the science of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility maybe you can provide a brief overview? Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility is a branch of medicine that identifies and treats infertility in both men and women. In the United States, 15 percent of all couples will face fertility […]

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Fertility 101 (Part 2)

Fertility 101 Part 1 addresses the basic infertility work-up. This article will discuss specific causes and their evaluation. Male Factor The male factor is estimated to be significant in 40%-50% of couples. To determine the adequacy of the spermatozoa, the man must submit a semen sample for analysis after at least 2, but no more […]

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Fertility 101 (Part 1)

Infertility is defined as a failure to conceive after 1 year of unprotected, appropriately timed intercourse without conception. The prevalence of infertility among couples in the United States is approximately 10%-15%. Possible contributing factors include advanced maternal age due to delay in child bearing and a decrease in sexual activity with increasing length of relationship. […]

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