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The HRC Fertility Blog is a resource for patients and those seeking infertility related issues and articles. Check back often or subscribe to this blog as it is changed weekly by the HRC staff.

Weighty Matters Can Signal Problems for Your Fertility

Weight and Infertility

Weight is a sensitive subject, especially for women. Aside from how weight affects physical appearance and self-esteem, an unhealthy weight can impact a woman's fertility, how she responds to treatment, the course of her pregnancy and the health of her child. An unhealthy weight means being either overweight or underweight.

What is considered a healthy weight?

Clinicians use the Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine whether someone is underweight, overweight or "normal." BMI is measured by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of the person's height in meters. The normal range for a BMI is between 18.5 to 24.9; less than 19 is considered underweight, 25 to 29 is deemed overweight and greater than 30 is categorized as obese.

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Guys: Are You Producing Enough Sperm?

Many reasons for a lower than normal sperm count

Infertility is an equal opportunity medical condition. This means there is a 40 to 50% chance that prospective dads who seek our help will have an infertility problem, with low sperm production being one of the main culprits.

Getting this diagnosis can be very shocking for men. After all, they probably have been producing what they think are normal and plentiful ejaculations. They may not realize that abundant semen does not indicate a normal sperm count.

The sperm production journeyFirst, let’s look at how sperm is made. It takes approximately 72 days for men to produce a new sperm supply. The production process begins in the brain with the pituitary gland. It releases hormones that jumpstart the development of sperm and testosterone inside the testicles, which are protected within the cool confines of the scrotum. Sperm continues to mature as they move through the seminiferous tubes of the testes to the prostate gland, where sperm mixes with seminal fluid to create semen.

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HRC Fertility Welcomes Dr. Sanaz Ghazal

Dr Sanaz Ghazal - HRC Fertility, Los Angeles

HRC is pleased to announce that Dr. Sanaz Ghazal has joined its team. Dr. Ghazal, who will work alongside Dr. Daniel Potter in HRC’s Fullerton office, attended Harvard University and received her medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Ghazal then returned to the Yale School of Medicine where she completed a three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

During her training, Dr. Ghazal authored numerous publications and book chapters and was selected to present her research at national meetings. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Dr. Ghazal commented, “I am thrilled and honored to join HRC Fertility Orange County, which has an amazing track record of some of the highest IVF success rates in the country and a strong commitment to providing the most cutting edge reproductive technologies. I look forward to helping patients achieve their dreams of building a family by offering them compassionate, high quality care and personalized fertility treatment.”

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