Author Archives for Dr. Rahul Sachdev

Men’s Health Spotlight: The Effect of Occupation and Health on Semen Quality

June 17, 2015 8:35 am Published by Comments Off on Men’s Health Spotlight: The Effect of Occupation and Health on Semen Quality

Suboptimal semen quality is a relatively common finding among infertile couples. In up to 30% – 40 % of all infertile couples, the male partner may have one or more semen parameter (mobility, shape or volume) abnormal. Environmental factors and one’s health have long been suspected to play a role in low semen quality in... Continue Reading


Semen Production and General Health

March 6, 2015 10:13 am Published by Comments Off on Semen Production and General Health

Many factors are involved in semen production, such as general testicular health, health of certain important glands in the brain, and hormonal condition of the man. Other factors such as intake of certain medications, being overweight and smoking may also reduce the overall quality of semen.   A recent study by Eisenberg and colleagues in... Continue Reading


Testosterone Use in Infertile Men

February 6, 2014 3:43 pm Published by Comments Off on Testosterone Use in Infertile Men

Testosterone is typically prescribed for men who have signs or complaints of reduced testicular hormone production. These signs include a reduction in libido (reduced sexual desire), tiredness, problems achieving an erection, problems with memory and low sperm count. Some men may not have any of these symptoms but still have reduced testosterone production. Many of... Continue Reading


Preimplantation Genetic Screening

August 8, 2013 3:25 pm Published by 1 Comment

Pregnancy rates with in vitro fertilization (IVF) have steadily increased over the past decade. However, for many the rates are still not high enough and multiple attempts with IVF or frozen embryos may be required to become pregnant.  If pregnancy does occur, the risks of twins or triplets are very high, resulting for some, a... Continue Reading


Exposure to Diesel Fuel Exhaust Affects Ovarian Reserves

May 1, 2013 10:39 am Published by Comments Off on Exposure to Diesel Fuel Exhaust Affects Ovarian Reserves

It has been long suspected that there are toxins in the environment that may reduce a woman’s ovarian reserves (egg quality). It has also been suspected that exposure to some of these toxins may affect future generations if exposure occurs during pregnancy.   A recent article by Ogliari and colleagues published in a respected journal... Continue Reading


Update on Vaccination Guidelines for Female Infertility Patients

February 5, 2013 9:38 am Published by Comments Off on Update on Vaccination Guidelines for Female Infertility Patients

A woman desiring to conceive should have her immunization status updated since there can be serious consequences of diseases that may be preventable. While the Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine & Fertility previously posted on this topic, the committee opinion of American Society for Reproductive Medicine updated the guidelines for recommended immunizations in February 2013.... Continue Reading


Smoking and Infertility

November 4, 2012 4:49 pm Published by Comments Off on Smoking and Infertility

It has been estimated that approximately 30 to 35% of all men and women smoke in the United States. A paper recently published in Fertility and Sterility studied the effects of smoking on fertility in both men and women.  There were many reproductive effects on both sexes.   In women, it was found that conception... Continue Reading


Appendectomy and Infertility in Women

August 5, 2012 3:30 pm Published by Comments Off on Appendectomy and Infertility in Women

Appendectomy (removal of the appendix) is one of the most common operations in the United States. It is typically performed for an inflammation of the appendix (appendicitis). There have been concerns that the operation itself or the appendicitis may be associated with infertility development in women since they both may cause scars to develop near the fallopian tubes.   A... Continue Reading


IVF in Obese Women

May 7, 2012 2:27 pm Published by Comments Off on IVF in Obese Women

Obesity is a worldwide epidemic that is affecting more and more women every year. It may have an effect on a women’s fertility and increase the risk of diabetes and birth defects. It may also increase chances of complications at the time of delivery. Many obese women seek fertility care and some are treated with... Continue Reading


Is Endometriosis Causing Your Infertility? Consider IVF

February 2, 2012 1:05 pm Published by Comments Off on Is Endometriosis Causing Your Infertility? Consider IVF

There has been a large body of evidence over the years suggesting that endometriosis may directly cause infertility.  One of the reasons may be that endometriosis can damage a women’s reproductive organs, such as development of scars (adhesions) around these organs or blockage of their fallopian tubes. Frequently, many of these women need advanced fertility... Continue Reading