Fertility Enhancement Products Tucson AZ

Don’t take melatonin supplements, which people often use to help them sleep. Melatonin can raise prolactin levels, too, and may result in temporary infertility. Read on to learn more information below.

Reproductive Health Center - Tucson
(866) 906-7761
4518 E. Camp Lowell Drive
Tucson, AZ
Services and Treatments Available
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Ellen Marie Paige, MD
329 W Franklin St
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Eastern Va Med Sch Of The Med Coll Of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Va 23501
Graduation Year: 1988

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Jesssica Evelyn Byron
(520) 621-4801
1224 E Lowell St
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Molly Alexander Brewer, MD
1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1991

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Hector C Streeter Prieto, MD
(520) 626-6591
1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Chile, Esc De Pregrado, Fac De Med, Santiago, Chile
Graduation Year: 1979

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Dr. Cynthia Funckes
(520) 269-6333
1500 N. Wilmot
Tucson, AZ
Business
Sierra OBGYN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross, Great-West, TriCare, United, AARP, AHCCCS, CareMore, Cigna, HealthNet, PacificCare, Humana, MercyCare, Medicare,
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Tucson Medical Center
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine, 1978
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Languages Spoken: English,Spanish

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Ellen Marie Paige
(520) 884-5249
329 W Franklin St
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Deborah S Blattstein, MD
(520) 297-6040
3661 N Campbell Ave Ste 106
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1984

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Allen Erenberg
(520) 874-3500
1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Kathryn L Reed, MD
(520) 626-6174
1501 N Campbell Ave Rm 8408
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal & Fetal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: University Med Ctr, Tucson, Az
Group Practice: University Physicians University Of Arizona

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Do's and Dont's for Enhancing Fertility

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By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Q I have been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for the last two years. What can my husband and I do?

Actually there are a number of things you can do—and certain things you shouldn’t do—to increase your chances of conceiving. First, here’s a list of what you should give up:
• Stop or cut back on drinking coffee. Having more than four cups a day (or quite possibly, any at all) can result in infertility. In fact, some researchers joke that coffee acts as a reasonable form of birth control (I wouldn’t rely on it, though!).
• Stop drinking alcohol, especially if you have trouble ovulating. Even one drink a day can increase infertility by 30 percent; two drinks a day doubles that percentage. The reason? Alcohol increases the hormone prolactin, which inhibits the two hormones necessary for ovulation: FSH and GnRH.
• Don’t take melatonin supplements, which people often use to help them sleep. Melatonin can raise prolactin levels, too, and may result in temporary infertility.
• If you douche, stop. A recent study suggests that douching can also temporarily decrease the probability of getting pregnant by about 30 percent.
• Watch your vitamin C intake. If you are taking 1,000 mg a day or more, decrease that to 500 mg a day.
• Give up caffeinated sodas—even one a day can decrease your ability to conceive by 50 percent.
So what can you do to get pregnant?
• Take vitamins. Start with a good multivitamin with folate and magnesium. Add extra vitamin B6 (approximately 50 mg daily). This is especially helpful if you have irregular—or no—periods.
• Be sure your iron levels are adequate. A blood test (a ferritin level combined with an iron level and iron binding capacity) will tell you this. Although a ferritin level of 9 shows you have enough iron to prevent anemia, you can be infertile with ferritin levels that are less than 40 ng per ml. In a study of women with infertility who had ferritin levels less than 40, half of them quickly became pregnant when put on iron supplements.
• Get your thyroid levels checked. Even if they test within the normal range, if you have a tendency to be constipated, intolerant to cold, have dry skin or thinning hair, and your temperature hovers around 98.2 degrees or less, there’s a good chance that your thyroid is slightly underactive.
What about your husband? Research suggests that sperm counts are dropping throughout the industrialized world. There’s a good possibility this is coming from chemicals, especially pesticides, which mimic estrogen effects in the body. In many countries this has become an area of major concern. It’s interesting to note that, according to studies, sperm counts of organic farmers have increased, whereas farmers using pesticides have seen a decrease in theirs. Much like for women, men should refrain from using melatonin and stop drinking alcohol. If your husband takes any blood pressure or cholesterol medicine, have him talk to his doctor. Medications such as ver...

Author: Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

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