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December 22, 2006

Happy Holidays

I hope this entry finds you all doing well as the holidays approach. I am in the process of packing and getting everything ready to go on vacation. I will be gone through New Year’s and I didn’t want you all to think I forgot about you! I will be spending some quality time with my family, as I hope you all do.

My best wishes to you all!

December 8, 2006

Article About Simple Surgery That Can Correct Common Cause of Male Infertility

Here is another article that I wanted to share with my readers out there in the Blogoshpere! I came across it online and since many of you who read my blog are seeking advice, this might give you a new insight on male infertility. Take a read and I hope you enjoy!

On a side note, my speaking engagement this past Tuesday went great. We had a wonderful turnout and thanks to any of you who came out.

Simple surgery can correct most common cause of male infertility

Infertility can be a curse on couples in modern times. Because there are several treatment options open to them, couples are often confused on the procedure to adopt and are often unaware of the prognosis. However a new procedure promises to help correct the most common cause of infertility in men.

This minimally invasive treatment called embolization was also able to identify the sperm motility before the procedure as a vital factor in the success or failure of the treatment. Scientists at the University of Bonn in Germany presented the findings of their study at the yearly meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
The procedure is not tedious and patients are usually able to return to normal activities in 24 hours. In the present study, Sebastian Flacke and colleagues studied 223 infertile men having a minimum of one varicocele. The researchers reported that 226 of the overall 228 varicoceles present in the men were treated by embolization.

After three months 173 patients underwent a semen analysis, which showed that sperm motility and sperm count had improved after the procedure. Within six months 26 percent of these patients had reported a pregnancy.

“We found that spermatic vein embolization combined with anti-inflammatory treatment improves sperm motility and sperm count in infertile men with varicoceles,” Sebastian Flacke, who is an assistant professor of radiology at the University of Bonn, said.

The most common cause of infertility in men is a varicocele. These varicoceles occur when the blood is unable to circulate out of testicles due to the presence of defective valves in the veins that regulate the blood flow through the heart and the testicles. The result is the presence of a mesh of blood vessels in the scrotum leading to a varicose vein or varicocele.

The National Institutes of Health say that most cases of varicocele occur between 15 to 25 years of age. They are often symptomless, but at times can cause pain and fertility problems. The latter is believed to be caused by the pooling of warm blood in the scrotal area leading to decreased sperm count and motility.

The minimally invasive procedure of embolization is carried out by first placing a small nick in the groin area and then using x-ray to insert a small catheter to the affected vein.

“This study confirms that varicocele repair can significantly improve sperm count and motility,” Dr. Flacke said.

December 4, 2006

Come and Hear Me Speak About Infertility and PGD Tomorrow Night

This is a quick reminder for all of my readers out there. I will be speaking tomorrow, Tuesday, December 5 in Santa Ana from 7-9 p.m. I was asked by the Southwest regional association of RESOLVE, the national Infertility Association, to join a few of my colleagues and speak about infertility.

I would love for some, if not all of you to attend. The event is completely free and open to anyone interested in learning about infertility. The event is called “Advances in IVF Technologies.”

I will be talking about Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). I plan to give an overview of what PGD is, discuss who are the best candidates, and if PGD is for everyone. This is a topic I am very passionate about and I think those who attend will find it very interesting.

There are two other fertility doctors speaking before me, Dr. Lane Wong and Dr. Ilene Hatch They will cover what IVF is and what it does as well as new research and information from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine conference.

If you are free tomorrow night and would like to learn more about infertility and reproductive health please come! The event is being held at The Volunteer Center of Orange County, 1901 E. Fourth Street in Santa Ana.

If you want more information click on the following link, http://southwest.resolve.org/site/Calendar/163389599?view=Detail&id=7681&JServSessionIdr011=yb441zypy2.app7a

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