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West Coast Fertility Specializes in Male Infertility

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Since 1988, our laboratory, besides being at the forefront of female infertility testing, has also featured all the elements of a world class facility in performing semen analysis, sperm function testing, male assessment for fertility potential and molecular genetics testing for male fertility.

Male infertility is diagnosed in 40% of couples wishing to have children and is usually discovered during a basic work up. These cases are best managed at a center with a laboratory specializing in andrology and reproductive endocrinology. We are a full service reference laboratory licensed to perform testing for the patients and referring physicians in our community.

Additional services offered at West Coast Fertility Centers include sperm wash for intrauterine insemination (IUI), sperm freezing and storage before vasectomy and before cancer treatment and epididymal and testicular sperm extraction for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

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Exploring Infertility Myth #3: Your Emotions Play a Large Role when Trying to Conceive

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

No one can anticipate a visit to a fertility center. It is often a difficult and emotional decision to take the first step. Happy young couples who are hopeful about starting a family are often shocked to learn that the ability to conceive escapes them. Other couples have focused on their education and careers only to discover that their dream of having a “perfect” family is clouded by the obstacle of infertility. Feelings of anger and frustration can overwhelm successful people who are accustomed to problem solving but now feel helpless in trying to get pregnant.

 

Understanding the emotional and psychological needs of couples struggling with infertility is a key part of the treatment plan. Having a supportive, compassionate medical staff is important for patients that need extra special attention.

 

Recommendation: Learning about infertility is a good way to lower stress and to feel more in control. Develop expectation about your odds for success. It helps to explore all your options and to be persistent. Couples who don’t give up hope have the best chance of reaching their goal for pregnancy.

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Infertility Myth #2: Women Have Lots of Time to Get Pregnant

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

While it may seem unfair, women are born with a fixed, pre-determined number of oocytes (eggs). It is estimated that most, but not all women will enter reproductive life in their teens with about 100,000 eggs stored in their ovaries, each with their own potential for development. With time, egg quantity and quality is diminished. The occurrence of pelvic infections, endometriosis, cysts and adhesions can compound the problem of egg quality.

Recommendation: At West Coast Fertility Centers, we recommend that women between the ages of 30 to 35 years have a simple hormonal blood test that provides information about a woman's ovarian reserve and a time frame for a woman to attempt pregnancy.

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Exploring Infertility Myths: Infertility Only Affects Women

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

It is more accurate to state infertility is a condition that affects couples. Nationally 15% to 20% of couples trying to conceive will have difficulty. Female causes are found in 40% of couples while male factors are detected in 30% to 40% of men. In the remaining 20 % to 25%, we diagnose a combination of different factors. At West Coast Fertility Centers (WCFC), we offer three simple tests for the man and woman to determine the factors contributing to infertility.

The belief that men do not contribute to a couple's infertility problems is one of "mythical" proportions. Sperm production is a complex function occurring under special hormonal and environmental conditions. Problems may be threefold: (1) sperm production; (2) the transport process; and, (3) the motility percentage. While just one sperm reaches the egg, millions are needed so that only a few can approach the target egg cell.

The diagnosis of male factor starts with a well-timed semen panel to evaluate at least ten parameters. The test results are best reviewed by a fertility specialist along with an Andrologist. Male patients often believe that vitamins or supplements can improve fertility, but special diets, vitamins and supplements play a minimal role. Avoiding smoking and excessive drinking may be a more useful lifestyle choice. We also advise avoiding prolonged exposure to high temperatures to the genital organs. If severe male factor is diagnosed, a laboratory procedure called ICSI is recommended where a single healthy sperm is injected into the egg.

 

Recommendation: It is counterproductive for couples to assign blame to one another. A suggested plan is to have basic testing with a fertility specialist following one year of unprotected intercourse.

Level One Testing consists of the following tests for both male & female…

1. OVARIES & EGGS: Female hormone testing of FSH, LH, E2, TSH between cycle day 3-5

2. UTERUS & TUBES: HSG (Hysterosalpingogram) on cycle day 7-14. A tubal patency test is used to determine if the fallopian tubes are open. An x-ray dye test provides documentation of the uterine anatomy and the status of the fallopian tubes.

3. SEMEN & SPERM: Sperm analysis after 3-4 day of abstinence. Male testing for Amount, Count, Motility, Speed and Shape