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tomatoes and sperm qualityPrevious studies have shown the red pigment lycopene- the compound in most sun ripened tomatoes- has the ability to boost male sperm count by as much as 70% in addition to other reproductive health benefits in males.  What is still known, however, was whether or not that boost in sperm count also meant a boost to sperm quality.

The answer to that question and more is what researchers are currently aiming to find out over the course of a 12-week trial.

While an estimated one in six of all couples are unable to conceive on their own, half of these cases are attributed to sperm quality. For this reason, this study and studies like it are important to reproductive health. (read more…)

18930103_sThe first uterine transplant in the US has just been announced. We are excited about this new option for women who do not have a uterus to carry their own pregnancy. This procedure, already performed several times in Europe, awaits long-term validation regarding safety and ethical issues involved. 

Below is a statement from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, published today.  (read more…)

We are proud to announce that Dr. Singer has been appointed Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Lenox Hill Hospital, where he also serves as Residency Program Director for the Department of OBGYN. Congratulations to our Manhattan-based doc!

10708025_sA diet that is rich in soy could be helpful in protecting women that undergo certain infertility treatments against many of the effects of Bisphenol A (BPA), believed by some to be harmful. The chemical is used in many food containers and packaging, and for most, is unavoidable. But, findings from a new study suggest that soy may help counteract some of the health concerns associated with the chemical– particularly in regards to reproductive health.  (read more…)

green tea reproductive healthGreen tea. It’s soothing. It’s healthy. It contains anti-oxidants that fight against cell damage. Studies have shown that it can improve blood flow, as well as lower cholesterol. But what about your reproductive health?

Researchers from the University of California Irvine recently discovered that excess consumption of green tea may have an adverse impact on reproduction and development in fruit flies. (read more…)


An autographed portrait of Dr. Howard Jones, addressed to Dr. Hershlag, in the hallway at the Northwell Health Fertility’s Manhasset office.

Dr. Howard Jones, the pioneer of IVF in the U.S. , passed at the age of 104. How befitting was it that “Dr. Howard,” as anyone who has had contact with him liked to call him, was given a gift of longevity.  Rather than mourn his passing, we should celebrate his life, his legacy. Rarely does one person matter to the lives of so many people. Dr. Howard’s life is a story of a doctor who kept reinventing himself. The young surgeon who operated on over 300 Allied soldiers during WW II, chronicled every single surgery on a separate card, yet not a day went by when he didn’t write a love letter to Georgeana, his life and professional partner.

Upon his return, Dr. Howard led the Ob/Gyn Department at Johns Hopkins and developed a surgical expertise in gynecology that made him the prime surgeon in the country. He would get referrals of many complicated cases in the country and many from abroad. It was in that capacity that he met young Bob Edwards and gave him human eggs to fertilize – experiments that led to the birth of the first IVF baby in England, Louise Brown, in 1978. When Dr. Howard and Georgeana “retired” at the age of 65 from Johns Hopkins, they reinvented themselves by pioneering IVF in the US in Norfolk, Virginia, which led to the birth of Elizabeth Carr, the first US IVF baby, in 1981.  

Dr Howard continued to lead the Jones Institute at Norfolk and inspire the viral spread of IVF in the country and worldwide. Millions of babies, children and adults owe their being to a person they’ve never met who, with humility, wisdom, perseverance and awareness of calling pursued what only 4 decades ago was considered science fiction.

Dr. Howard, you have been a huge inspiration to us fertility doctors. We have climbed on your shoulders to see the infinite terrain that is yet to be conquered. Your legacy will go on forever. And it is encumbered upon us to carry your torch!

– Dr. Avner Hershlag 

2012-Paul-CarterSaturday marked the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness for breastfeeding in communities around the world. The week is sponsored by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), whose organization is focused on the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding worldwide.

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cord blood awareness monthJuly is cord blood awareness month and with that in mind, let’s take a few minutes to learn about cord blood—what it is and how it’s useful.

What is Cord Blood?

Cord blood is the blood that is within a newborn’s umbilical cord. Once a baby is born, some of this cord blood remains in the umbilical cord, as well as within the blood vessels of the placenta.

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fertility testThis year at the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, it was a life sciences startup that took home the grand prize. Madison-based BluDiagnostics was named the competition’s overall winner, beating 12 other finalists. Founded by Katie Brenner, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Doug Weibel, a UW-Madison biochemistry professor, the test would make it easier for women to tell when they are fertile as well as when they are pregnant.

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13561641_sBy now most people have heard of egg freezing, especially as its popularity increases due to being a perk for female employees of large tech companies. But sperm freezing is gaining popularity as well and is proving to be an even easier way to plan for future fertility.

Surprisingly, sperm freezing has been around since the 1950s. There is very little recorded data as to just how many men have their sperm frozen but doctors say the numbers are on the rise. “Dr. Eric J. Forman, a fertility specialist in New Jersey, says men can remain fertile even in their 40s, 50s and 60s but there are certain things that can have a significant impact on fertility. Men who are facing chemotherapy, radiation or a medical condition that could affect their fertility may choose to freeze their sperm. In addition, some men are concerned about having a future accident or trauma to their genitals. Men who have opted for a vasectomy may choose to freeze their sperm beforehand since a reversal requires surgery and is not always successful.”

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