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Index | Table of Contents | Preface | Foreword to the Updated and Revised Edition

tech3aContents from: “How to Get Pregnant with the New Technology: Updated and Revised Edition”, the bestselling book on infertility treatments and technology by Dr. Sherman J. Silber

FOREWORD to the updated and revised edition

PREFACE: The Infertility Epidemic

HOW DOES THE NEW TECHNOLOGY WORK?

  • SOLVING SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE INFERTILITY PROBLEMS WITH THE NEW TECNOLOGY
    • Surrogate pregnancy
    • Egg donation
    • You can save your eggs for later
    • Congenital absence of sperm ducts
    • Micromanipulation: fertilization “by brute force”
    • Even men who don’t make sperm are fertile
  • TREATING COMMON INFERTILITY WITH THE NEW TECHNOLOGY
  • CONCLUSIONS

WHY ARE HUMANS SO INFERTILE?

  • HUMANS WERE NEVER REPRODUCTIVELY VERY EFFICIENT
  • WHY IS SEX IN THE HUMAN SO REPRODUCTIVELY INEFFICIENT?
  • SEASONAL TIMING OF SEX IN ANIMALS
  • THE NECESSITY OF A FAMILY SYSTEM IN HUMANS AND, THEREFORE, INFERTILITY
    • Reproductive inadequacy of the human male
  • WHY IS HUMAN SPERM COUNT SO POOR?
    • Is the environment causing our sperm count to go down?
    • Monogamy and lack of sperm competition
    • Evolution of male infertility
  • OUR WORLDWIDE INFERTILITY EPIDEMIC
  • HUMAN DESTINY AND INFERTILITY
  • SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
  • IS IN VITRO FERTILIZATION ETHICAL, AND SHOULD SOCIETY PAY FOR IT?

HOW YOU GET PREGNANT NORMALLY

  • A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE VAGINA, UTERUS, TUBES, AND OVARIES
  • HOW DOES THE EGG REACH THE TUBE?
  • HOW DO SPERM REACH THE EGG?
    • Ejaculation to the vagina
    • Sperm invasion
    • Capacitation of sperm
  • OVULATION
    • Formation of the follicle
    • Release of the egg
    • Production of progesterone
  • HORMONES THAT CONTROL OVULATION AND THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
  • HOW THE PRIMITIVE REGION OF THE BRAIN CALLED THE “HYPOTHALAMUS” CONTROLS THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
  • CLINICAL IMPORTANCE OF GNRH RELEASE FROM THE BRAIN FOR IVF AND GIFT
  • FERTILIZATION OF THE EGG IN THE FALLOPIAN TUBE
  • HOW IS THE EGG PREPARED FOR FERTILIZATION DURING THE FOLLICULAR PHASE OF THE CYCLE UNDER FSH STIMULATION?
  • “REDUCTION DIVISION” (“MEIOSIS”) OF THE EGG’S CHROMOSOMES
  • DEVELOPMENT OF THE EGG DURING GROWTH OF THE FOLLICLE
  • RESUMPTION OF MEIOSIS AFTER THE LH SURGE
  • PENETRATION OF THE EGG BY A SPERM
  • COMPLETION OF MEIOSIS AND UNION OF THE MALE AND FEMALE GENES
  • EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF THE FERTILIZED EGG
  • PREGNANCY TESTING

FIGURING OUT WHAT’S WRONG

  • TESTS ON THE FEMALE
    • History and physical
      • Irregular periods and oily skin
      • Too fat or too thin
  • AM I OVULATING?
    • Basal Body Temperatures (BBT)
    • Examination of the cervical mucus during the monthly cycle
    • Blood hormone tests
      • The mid-cycle hormone surge
      • Effect of the “brain” on the hormonal cycle
      • Conclusions regarding hormones and ovulation
    • Endometrial biopsy
    • LH Dipstick
    • Ultrasound
  • LOOKING FOR STRUCTURAL ABNORMALITIES IN THE FEMALE
    • X-ray of uterus and tubes (“hysterosalpingogram”)
    • Laparoscopy
    • Idiopathic

HOW THE MALE WORKS

  • THE MALE MYTH
    • Causes of low sperm count
    • Internal structure of the testicles
    • Sperm production –the assembly line
    • What can be done to stimulate greater sperm production?
    • The reason we need so many sperm
    • Hormone testing for men
    • Variations in sperm count
  • HOW SPERM REACH THE EJACULATE
    • Leaving the testicles
    • What happens to sperm in the epididymis?
    • The fluid that squirts the sperm out
  • TESTICULAR TEMPERATURE
  • THE VARICOCELE DILEMMA

ARE SPERM THE PROBLEM? HOW MANY DO YOU NEED?

  • THE SPERM COUNT
    • What are sperm?
    • Does saving it up help?
    • How many sperm?
    • Motility of the sperm
    • The shape (morphology) of the sperm
    • The amount of semen
    • The appearance of the semen – liquid or jelly?
    • The chemistry of the semen
    • How many sperm are really necessary for a man to be fertile?
    • The hamster test
    • Sperm antibodies

WHOSE FAULT IS IT?

  • LOW SPERM COUNT DOES NOT MEAN IT’S THE “HUSBAND’S FAULT”
  • NOT REALLY THE “WIFE’S FAULT”
  • THE TRAGEDY OF NOT TREATING THE WHOLE COUPLE

LOW-TECH SOLUTIONS

  • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET PREGNANT, OR WHEN DO WE KNOW TO LOOK FOR HELP?
    • Probability of conception per month in fertile couples
    • After what period of time does not getting pregnant mean we’re infertile?
  • PROPER TIMING OF INTERCOURSE
    • Position and method of intercourse
    • When to have intercourse
    • Basal Body Temperature charts
    • LH dipstick test
    • Daily transvaginal ultrasound
  • CLOMID (CLOMIPHENE CITRATE)
    • History of Clomid
    • How and when to take Clomid
  • BROMOCRIPTINE, OR “PARLODEL”
  • LUPRON, DANOCRINE, OR SURGERY, FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS
    • What is “endometriosis”?
    • Danocrine or Lupron for endometriosis
    • Surgery for endometriosis
  • SURGERY FOR BLOCKED TUBES AND PELVIC SCARRING
  • CONCLUSIONS

SPERM WASHING, INTRAUTERINE INSEMINATION (IUI), AND PERGONAL

  • SPERM WASHING
  • CAPACITATION
  • METHODS OF SPERM WASHING
    • Simple sperm wash with centrifugation
    • Swim-up technique
    • Migration technique
    • Percoll density gradient
  • INTRAUTERINE INSEMINATION (IUI) OF WASHED SPERM
    • The concept of IUI
    • Results with IUI (and Pergonal)
    • Timing the IUI
  • WHEN TO GIVE UP ON IUI (AND PERGONAL) AND GO TO GIFT OR IVF
  • OVARIAN STIMULATION WITH HMG (PERGONAL OR HUMEGON)
  • LUPRON TO PREVENT PREMATURE LH SURGE
  • HOW IS HMG MADE? WHAT IS IT?
    • Hyperstimulation syndrome
    • No increased risk of ovarian cancer
  • PREGNANCY AND MULTIPLE BIRTHS
  • MONITORING HMG OR FSH TREATMENT AND TIMING WHEN TO GIVE HCG
  • INDICATIONS FOR USING HMG
    • Directions my patients follow for HMG or FSH treatment
  • PROGESTERONE INJECTIONS
  • NORLUTATE FOR TIMING THE CYCLE
  • PREGNANCY TESTING
  • SUBSEQUENT PREGNANCIES WITHOUT TREATMENT
  • WHEN DO WE GO TO GIFT OR IVF?

IVF (IN VITRO FERTILIZATION) AND GIFT (GAMETE INTRA-FALLOPIAN TRANSFER)

  • INTRODUCTION
  • WHAT IS GIFT? ZIFT? IVF? ICSI? HOW DO THEY DIFFER?
  • RATIONALE FOR DOING IVF OR GIFT IN ALL CASES OF INFERTILITY
    • Go to IVF or GIFT sooner

STEP-BY-STEP DETAILS OF HOW “TEST-TUBE” BABIES ARE MADE

  • HORMONAL STIMULATION NECESSARY TO OBTAIN MORE THAN ONE EGG AND HORMONAL TIMING OF THE PROCEDURE
  • OBTAINING THE EGGS
  • PREPARATION OF THE SPERM
  • CULTURE TECHNIQUES FOR EGG AND SPERM
    • Culture media
    • CO2 incubator
    • Culture dishes and test tubes designed to keep pH constant when out of incubator
  • EFFECT OF pH ON SPERM
  • OSMOLALITY OF MEDIA
  • TEMPERATURE
  • PROTEIN
  • FILTERING
  • EGG HANDLING AFTER RETRIEVAL FROM OVARY
  • PLACING SPERM AND EGGS INTO THE FALLOPIAN TUBE FOR GIFT
  • ADDING THE SPERM TO THE EGGS, CULTURING FOR IVF, AND TRANSFER OF IN VITRO FERTILIZED EMBRYOS
  • EMBRYO FREEZING
  • SEVERE “MALE FACTOR”: FORMERLY THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN REPRODUCTION
    • “Micromanipulation” of sperm
  • CONCLUSIONS
    • How do we pay for it?
    • What are my chances? And how do I decide where to go?

ICSI – THE LONG-SOUGHT SOLUTION TO MALE INFERTILITY

  • HOW THE ICSI TECHNIQUE WAS INVENTED
  • THE MEETING IN ADELAIDE
  • THE TYPE OF PATIENTS WHO NEED ICSI
  • ARE ALL TYPES OF MALE INFERTILITY EQUALLY TREATABLE WITH ICSI?
    • How do sperm normally fertilize an egg?
    • The role of the egg in normal fertilization
  • REASONS THAT SPERM INJECTION SHOULDN’T WORK
    • Damage to the egg nucleus and “spindle”
    • The membrane is invaginated by the injection pipette but not broken
    • Catching the sperm
    • Problem of the sperm swimming around inside the egg substance
  • STEP-BY-STEP DETAILS OF TE ICSI PROCEDURE
    • Step 1. Preparation of the eggs
    • Step 2. Preparation of the sperm
    • Step 3. Setting up the injection dish
    • Step 4. The pipettes used for injection
    • Step 5. Picking up the sperm, breaking the tail, and injecting it into the egg
    • Step 6. Checking for fertilization and cleavage
  • WHEN NOT TO DO ICIS FOR MALE INFERTILITY
  • SUCCESS USING ICSI IN EVERY TYPE OF MALE INFERTILITY: RELATIONSHIP TO AGE OF WIFE
  • THE GENETICS OF POOR SPERM PRODUCTION
  • USE OF ICSI FOR OLIGOSPERMIA
  • USE OF ICSI FOR AZOOSPERMIA (NO SPERM IN THE EJACULATE)
  • NON-OBSTRUCTIVE AZOOSPERMIA, OR ABSENCE OF SPERMATOGENESIS
  • ARE THE CHILDREN NORMAL?
  • THE GENETICS OF INFERTILE MEN ABOUT TO UNDERGO ICSI

OBSTRUCTION TO SPERM OUTFLOW–VASECTOMY REVERSAL AND OTHER SPERM BLOCKAGES

  • VASECTOMY REVERSAL AND MICROSURGERY
    • Why have a vasectomy reversal?
    • The “simple” microsurgical operation to “reconnect” the vas deferens
    • What has vasectomy done to the ducts of the testicles?
    • Duration of time since vasectomy
    • With “modern” vasectomies, the “blowouts” occur much sooner
    • How is the epididymal blockage bypassed?
    • Interpreting the results of the vasectomy reversal operation
    • Recovery of fertility after vasectomy reversal
    • Sperm antibodies
    • Does the wife always get pregnant after successful vasectomy reversal?
    • ICSI with retrieved sperm
  • OBSTRUCTION TO SPERM OUTFLOW IN PATIENTS WHO HAVE NOT HAD A VASECTOMY
    • Testicle biopsy
    • Vasograms
    • Microsurgical vasoepididymostomy
    • Congenital absence of the vas deferens
    • TESE-ICSI versus microsurgical vasoepididymostomy

GENETICS: WHO YOU ARE

  • A BASIC GENETICS LESSON
  • SEX-LINKED (OR X-LINKED) GENETIC DISEASE
  • GENETICS OF GETTING PREGNANT
    • How defective meiosis causes Down’s Syndrome and miscarriage
    • Evaluating embryo quality
  • PRE-IMPLANTATION EMBRYO BIOPSY
    • What is embryo biopsy?
    • FISH and PCR
    • Down’s Syndrome
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Muscular Dystrophy
  • THE FUTURE
  • CLONING

ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION BY DONOR SPERM AND SPERM-BANKING

  • IS IT MY BABY?
  • MAKING THE ARRANGEMENTS AND SELECTING THE DONOR
  • AZOOSPERMIC VERSUS OLIGOSPERMIC HUSBAND
  • HOW IS IT DONE?
  • PREGNANCY RATES WITH DONOR SPERM
  • GIFT WITH DONOR SPERM
  • FROZEN SPERM AND SPERM BANKS

EGG DONATION AND SURROGATE UTERUS

  • SURROGATE UTERUS (YOUR MOTHER CAN HAVE YOUR KIDS FOR YOU)
  • EGG DONATION (YOU CAN GET PREGNANT AFTER MENOPAUSE)

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