Infertility in the Media: Semen Analysis

For anyone who has met me, I am a very passionate individual. If you get me on a roll about a topic that interests me, it can sometimes be hard to slow me down. One topic I can talk about endlessly is the representation of infertility in the media. I get incredibly excited when I …

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Zinc Deficiency & Testosterone Production

Zinc is an essential trace mineral required by every cell in the body. Zinc deficiency is prevalent worldwide and can contribute to many health problems, such as poor neurological function, weakened immunity, allergies, thinning hair, leaky gut, chronic fatigue syndrome, changes in taste and smell, weight gain/loss, rashes, and acne. Some research also shows that …

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Hope for Infertile Couples: Advanced Sperm Search

Extended Sperm Search and Microfreeze (ESSM) is a revolutionary procedure that can detect sperm in previously diagnosed azoospermic men. The procedure is non-invasive, painless, and has found sperm in upt to 44% of cases. Here’s a break down of the process and equipment we use in our lab to perform this procedure. THE INVERTED MICROSCOPE …

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Slow Freeze versus Microfreeze

Male Infertility: Why Microfreeze is Superior to Slow freezing for Low Sperm Counts The successful freezing and thawing of reproductive tissue first occurred in the 1950s. The method implemented then, which we now refer to as ‘slow freezing’, is still utilized in every reproductive laboratory today. The method combines 2 protective aspects, which work together …

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Fertility Treatment: How to Catch a Good Swimmer

When performing an Extended Sperm Search and Microfreeze procedure, sperm are collected using a modification of the techniques used during an ICSI (Intracytoplasmic sperm injection) procedure. In ICSI, a micropipette- a needle thinner than a human hair- is used to draw up a single sperm and inject it into an egg. The primary criteria used …

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The Male Experience of Infertility Treatment

As a woman sitting down to write a blog post about male infertility, I started by turning to my old stand-bys: the fertility blogs and research sites I frequent regularly for up to date information. I found myself 3 pages deep before I found even one post about men: a dry explanation about what a …

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