The prevalence of obesity has increased substantially over the past 2 decades. Almost two-thirds of women and three fourths of men in the United States are over-weight or obese. Nearly 50% of reproductive-age women are obese.
A disease of excess body fat and insulin resistance, obesity increases the risks of hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, and cancer as well as other serious health problems. While not all individuals with obesity will have infertility, obesity is associated with impaired reproduction in both women and men, adverse obstetric outcomes, and health problems in offspring. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) reviewed this important issue in a recent practice committee opinion.
Just days away from turning 50 years old, Janet Jackson is pregnant and planning a family with her husband. She announced in April that she will have to delay her Unbreakable world tour because she is put on doctor-ordered rest. Dr. David Diaz weighs in on the pregnancy road for this celebrity singer for HollywoodLife.com exclusive. Click here for full article
Ms. Jackson revealed her secret wedding in 2012 to Wassam Al Mana. Born in Qatar and raised in England, Al Mana is 41 and operates his family’s Gulf region fashion brand empire. The couple met in Dubai in 2010 at a hotel opening.
After news broke of her “miracle pregnancy”, Janet Jackson released the music video of her hit song, “Dammn Baby.”
Undergoing fertility treatments can be a stressful experience with emotions riding high and low like a roller coaster. We at West Coast Fertility Centers recognize this vulnerability and we have created an overall mind and body program to enhance and complement the medical quality care that you’ll receive here at our Center with fertility specialist, Dr. David Diaz, and Elaine Wang.
The Fertility Fitness Program was specifically designed to help women achieve emotional and physical well-being while overcoming infertility. Our valued patient will be provided with techniques that are individually tailored to her needs for long-term health and wellness. We will design, teach, and implement a custom health and wellness plan that incorporates nutrition, fitness, and stress reduction.
Our goal is to work closely with our patients to provide them with long-term benefits for their health and wellness and their growing family. The Fertility Fitness Program incorporates nutrition and exercise that have been shown to equip women with a multitude of benefits such as…
Increased energy levels
Reduced inflammation in the body
Improved fertility potential
Lowered stress levels
Minimized insulin resistance
Increased physiologic response
Additionally, these lifestyle changes for women can reduce their risk for developing serious chronic diseases associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) such as endometrial cancer, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
What is Down Syndrome? Down syndrome is the most common genetic condition affecting 1 in every 691 babies born in the United States. Roughly 6,000 babies are born each year with Down syndrome and that number is expected to rise given that women are starting their families later in life. Approximately 400,000 Americans currently have Down Syndrome.
Each human cell has 46 chromosomes with 23 inherited by the mother and 23 inherited by the father. Down syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, occurs when 3 chromosomes occur at the 21 position instead of the normal 2 chromosomes. In other words, in chromosome 21, there is an extra copy giving rise to 47 chromosomes instead of the normal 46. This extra chromosome alters the development stage and causes characteristics of Down syndrome which are small stature, low muscle tone, flattened facial profile, upward slant to the eyes, and a deep crease across the center of the palm.
Maternal Age and Down Syndrome – A 28 year old woman has about a 1 in 1,000 chance of conceiving a baby with Down syndrome.
– A 32 year old woman has about a 1 in 720 chance of conceiving a baby with Down syndrome.
– A 36 year old woman has about a 1 in 300 chance of conceiving a baby with Down syndrome. – A 40 year old woman has about a 1 in 100 chance of conceiving a baby with Down syndrome.
There are screening and diagnostic tests that can be performed before the baby is born to determine his or her chances of having Down syndrome.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Down Syndrome Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) allows for the selection of the best quality embryos before IVF, thus reducing the incidence of a chromosomally abnormal offspring. After fertilization of the egg and sperm in the laboratory, one cell is removed from each embryo during its third day of development. PGD with use of a special fluorescent microscope can detect any extra chromosomes or any missing chromosomes that are related with birth defects.
If you have a family history of genetic chromosomal disorders, recurrent miscarriages, or unexplained infertility issues, please schedule a private consultation with Dr. David Diaz, a fertility expert in Orange County, California with 25 years’ experience diagnosing and treating infertility. 714-513-1399
Can fibroids affect your chances of getting pregnant? Can fibroids cause miscarriages? What are fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are commonly occurring benign (non-cancerous) tumors which begin growing in the muscle layer (myometrium) of the uterus, hence their medical name “myoma.” It is estimated that at least half of all women will develop a fibroid during their life. Fibroids are the most common benign reason that hysterectomies are performed in the United States.
Usually, fibroids are harmless and most women are unaware of their condition until a medical exam or an ultrasound confirms their presence. This often gives rise to worry, fear and concern that fibroids can lead to cancer, miscarriage and infertility.
In reality, however, these benign tumors are mostly asymptomatic unless they become large enough to cause pelvic pressure or painful and heavy periods which at times result in severe, debilitating anemia.
When fibroids become problematic, it is usually due to their size, location and degeneration causing them to soften and liquefy. Large bulky fibroids located inside the chamber of the uterus can interfere with embryo implantation causing infertility or possibly miscarriage during the time of fetal development. When found in this interior location, they are called submucosal fibroids and lend themselves to removal by hysteroscopy.
There are two other varieties of fibroids. Intramural fibroids are located in the walls of the uterus. Suberosal fibroids are found on the external uterine surface. These types of fibroids can be removed surgically when they cause symptoms as previously mentioned.
Regarding infertility, submucosal myomas, accounting for 10% of all fibroids, can potentially cause significant problems with embryo implantation and difficulty during the continuation of the pregnancy. When discovered in this location, careful removal of the fibroid followed by estrogen replacement can help restore the uterine anatomy and lead to successful pregnancy.
Whenever fibroid removal is performed (myomectomy), a cesarean delivery may be indicated to avoid rupture of the uterus during labor.
To learn more about fertility and fibroids, please contact West Coast Fertility Center at 714-513-1399.