Varicocele: A Leading Cause of Infertility in Men

By Natan Bar-Chama, M.D.

Scrotal varicoceles are common, and are one of the leading causes of infertility in men. They are present in 4 out of 10 men having difficulty fathering their first child, and the incidence increases dramatically to 8 out of 10 men trying to father their second child. While for many men varicoceles do not present a medical problem, during...

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What is a Biochemical Pregnancy?

By Taraneh Nazem, MD and Alan B Copperman, MD

A biochemical pregnancy occurs when an embryo implants in the uterine lining and starts to make hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) that can be detected in the blood or urine, but does not continue to grow enough to be seen on ultrasound, or to develop into a healthy, ongoing pregnancy. Biochemical pregnancies...

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The Roads from Infertility to Adoption

How does a couple or individual take the leap from fertility treatment to adoption? I used to think the process unfolded predictably: A couple tried for a biological child until the options or the money ran out. They mourned the biological child they might have had, then looked to adoption. Sounds so simple. If only it were!

I was not...

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Moxibustion for Fertility: Warming The Channels

By Daoshing Ni, D.O.M., L.Ac., Ph.D., Dipl.C.H.

The Chinese medical therapy called moxibustion warms regions of the body, and can penetrate to the muscles, tendons and bones. Moxibustion helps to relieve pain, stimulate blood circulation, relax muscles, and induce a healthier flow of chi, or energy. By warming and opening the channels and collaterals,...

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