Making Love Last (When infertility comes between your marriage)

Jay and Mariana are the perfect couple. They met and dated during their senior year in high school and had been inseparable ever since. After a long wait, they were finally engaged right after finishing college. After less than a year our of college, Jay and Mariana decided to tie the knot. The first few … Continue reading Making Love Last (When infertility comes between your marriage)

Jay and Mariana are the perfect couple. They met and dated during their senior year in high school and had been inseparable ever since. After a long wait, they were finally engaged right after finishing college. After less than a year our of college, Jay and Mariana decided to tie the knot.

The first few months as newlyweds was a bliss. They were so in love that there wasn’t even room for even a single petty quarrel. But on their second year as husband and wife, things began to change. Suddenly, both began to feel the pressure and frustration of still having an empty nest. Their romance and intimacy was slowly eroded by the sense of incompleteness.

Mariana was so consumed about having her own child that she eventually drifted away from Jay. In her mind, marriage was all about having a family. At times, she would feel very depressed and think that maybe she was at fault. At the back of her mind, she was worried that something was wrong with her and that is reason why she has not been able to conceive.

Jay had his own share of stress and anxiety in their marriage. Even if he tried to hide his frustrations, he could not help but express his envy whenever his best friend Mikey spoke about his one-year old son and how his wife Pamela was expecting their second child.

The couple found family reunions and other occasions with relatives to be particularly difficult. Jay and Mariana were always bombarded with questions about when they would finally have children of their own. The sight of nephews and nieces made them more sensitive to the fact that they were childless. Both of them had to endure endless questions, jokes, stares, and the noise of happy children. They would not have minded the laughter, crying, and screams of the children — except that these little packages of energy and fun were not their own. Every family reunion, an insensitive aunt would always joke about the stork that lost its way and never reached Jay and Mariana’s empty home. The couple just kept silent everytime they heard that cruel joke.

For such a long time, Jay and Mariana exchanged accusation and blame for not having a child of their own. The stress and anxiety of not having a child almost took a toll on their marriage. Fights became more frequent and the moments of intimacy became rarer — which further complicated their problem. How could they have a child if they were always fighting?

With the prodding of a mutual friend, Jay finally agreed to go with Mariana to a doctor. After a series of tests, the doctor told them that Mariana was perfectly capable of getting pregnant. The doctor also said that Jay had a very low sperm count which could probably explain why Mariana still could not get pregnant.

Like Jay and Mariana, many couples experience problems with infertility. In fact, in the Unites States, it is estimated that six million couples face infertility challenges each year, or about 10 percent of all married couples. Infertility is the failure of a couple to become pregnant after one year of regular and unprotected intercourse. Under ideal circumstances, the probability that a woman will get pregnant during a single menstrual cycle is only about 30%. In many cases, infertility is caused by a combination of factors in both partners that conspire to prevent such conception from occurring. Infertility affects one in 25 American men. Men infertility cases are due to low sperm count or poor sperm quality. In most industrialized countries like the U.S, sperms counts have been found to be in a decline especially among busy, career-driven men.

Vasectomy Reversal Recovery

Vasectomy Reversal recovery is generally a matter of a day barring complications. It is a same day check-in and check out exercise.

Vasectomy reversal recovery is quick, as the patient feels no discomfort during the procedure of surgery performed with a general anesthesia. Any post-operative pain is controllable through oral medication. The patient is advised to remain at relative rest for the first two days following surgery. Sex and heavy exercise is restricted for three weeks. Most men feel “sore” for only the first few days. The patient is generally advised to abstain from alcohol for the next 24 hours. But he can eat whatever he wants a couple of hours after surgery.

Semen testing begins within the first 2 months following surgery. Although there have been reports of conception within a month after vasectomy reversal, it often takes several months to establish a pregnancy. The patient’s progress is followed until pregnancy is achieved.
Dr. Spitz – Great company on the road to fatherhood!

Dr. Aaron Spitz, M.D., with a Fellowship in Male Fertility, is highly trained and deeply experienced in male reproductive medicine and surgery.

His approach to problem solving is sensitive and friendly. His charges for performing vasectomy reversals are competitive at the advanced level of service that he provides.. He is highly skilled at performing microsurgical vasectomy reversals. He routinely performs both vasovasostomy and epididymo-vasostomy, and he has a commendable track record at salvaging previously unsuccessful vasectomy reversals. He also performs minimally invasive sperm retrieval for those couples choosing in-vitro fertility.

Dr. Spitz is also a board certified urologist, fellowship trained in male fertility. He provides the comprehensive evaluation and care that men in infertile couples deserve and require.

Panic Attacks: How to Prepare

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, panic attacks may be a part of your life. Even with proper medication, many patients suffer from panic attacks. Although predicting when a panic attack will happen may be a bit tricky, you can take steps to prepare for these panic attacks in order to take back control of your life.

The first step to taking back that control is to learn to breathe. When a person has a panic attack, often they feel so overwhelmed that they forget to simply breathe properly. Many doctors, therefore, advocating safe breathing practices in order to help calm anyone having a panic attack. In fact, if youve ever had a panic attack in public, someone may have tried to get you to breath into a paper bag. This may or may be a good method for you, but the fact is that you should know and practice your breathing exercise before you are panicking. Have a planlearn calming breathing techniques and practice at least twice a day.

Other relaxing practices may also be able to help your panic attack. Of course, you might find it difficult to even consider meditation when youre having a panic attack, but by learning this relaxing procedure, you can use some of the same calming techniques that help you to meditate to help you calm down.

Another great way to prepare for a panic attack is to simply know your triggers. Do you have a specific phobia? Is excess stress your downfall? Do certain situations seem impossible for you? When you know what triggers panic reactions, you can do your best to avoid or minimize these situations.

You should also be medically prepared for a panic attack. When you go outside of the home, take with you a list of emergency contacts, which should include your doctors number, your local crisis hotline, and members of your personal support systems. You can use these phone numbers yourself if you feel a panic attack starting, or another person will easily find this information in your purse or wallet if you are not capable of helping yourself.

Also take with you a bag to help you feel comfortable and calm down during a panic attack. A crucial part of the bag is any medications you may be taking, along with instructions on taking it. You can also include any items from home that will help you feel more comfortable. This can include herbal tea, a stuffed animal, religious items, photos, rubber bands to snap on your wrist, mints, hand cream, money, a puzzle book, and anything else that may help you relax, stimulated your brain, or distract yourself. Remember, comfort is key.

Teens Likely Target For New Vaccines

Vaccines have come a long way since 1022 A.D., when a Buddhist nun fashioned what many consider the precursor to vaccines in an effort to fight smallpox.

Since then, vaccines have stopped smallpox virus, are close to eradicating the polio virus and have slowed numerous other disease-causing microbes. Where are they headed?

Today, scientists and vaccine manufacturers are aiming the next wave of vaccines at a group considered the least likely to receive preventive care and most likely to exhibit risk-taking behavior-adolescents.

Experts in adolescent health see vaccines as effective tools for disease prevention.

“Despite strong recommendations from organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, 35 million adolescents fail to receive at least one recommended vaccine,” said AMA President J. Edward Hill, M.D. “When adolescents do not receive recommended immunizations, they become vulnerable to diseases that can cause serious illness and even death.”

Currently, the CDC immunization schedule for adolescents includes:

• Standard tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis booster

(Pertussis booster recommendation added June 2005);

• Hepatitis B series and the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for those who missed out as younger children;

• Second MMR shot if not already given;

• Meningococcal conjugate or polysaccharide vaccine, depending on age and circumstance;

• Influenza, hepatitis A and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines for some adolescents.

Vaccines making their way from the research bench, through clinical trials and, finally, the approval process, will in the next few years protect against such diseases as:

• Human papillomaviruses: cancer-causing viruses that infect nearly 3 out of 4 Americans between the ages of 15 and 49;

• Chlamydia: one of the most widespread bacterial STIs in America, with three million infections annually;

• HIV: the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), characterized by a weakened immune system causing susceptibility to infections and cancers;

• Herpes simplex virus 2: a virus infecting 40 to 60 million Americans, with half a million new infections every year;

• Staphylococcus aureus: common bacteria found in the nose or on the skin of healthy people, which can sometimes cause serious infections.

Today’s scientists envision a time when vaccines may defeat cancers, prevent the common cold and perhaps even drug abuse.