The Doctors discuss baby news blanketing the headlines.
At-Home Fertility Test for Men
More than 7 million couples struggle with conceiving each year, and oftentimes, it’s the woman who takes responsibility.
“Women take the brunt of this, especially women who work longer before having babies,” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “You can take a lot of over-the-counter products to determine if you’re fertile or have a good ovarian reserve."
• At home fertility tests: Test for ovarian reserve, egg quantity and quality.
• At-home ovulation kits: Ovulation is the most fertile time of a woman’s cycle, which is the release of an egg from an ovary. The luteinizing hormone that is constantly present in urine increases 24 to 48 hours prior to ovulation, and is picked up by the test.
• At-home pregnancy test: The best time to test for pregnancy is the expected date of your next menstrual flow, but some products allow you to test up to four days earlier.
However, 30 percent of the time, trouble getting pregnant is due to a male fertility factor, and a new at-home test for men is taking some pressure off women.
The Spermcheck Fertility test is the only FDA-approved home test for men, and is said to be 98 percent accurate. It indicates if a male’s sperm count (link) is within normal range, about 20 million sperm per milliliter, in approximately 10 minutes.
“I think sperm count is a good thing for guys to get checked [in general] since there are medical conditions that can affect sperm count,” Dr. Lisa says.
“[Keeping] a [warm] laptop too long on groin area, sitting in a hot tub or [taking] certain medications can affect sperm count,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Banish Your Man’s Beard For Good
Ladies, do you prefer a clean-shaven man?Plastic surgeon Dr. Keith Marcus performs the cutting-edge LightSheer Duet laser procedure on Chris to smooth his stubble once and for all.
The new LightSheer Duet laser system uses a chill tip to cool the skin after each laser pulse, to avoid burning or irritation from the heat, which is meant to damage the hair follicle and its ability to regrow.
The Alkaline Diet
A bevy of A-list celebrities are proponents of the Alkaline Diet, a nutrition plan that can reportedly alter body chemistry and help you shrink a dress size. Does it really work? The Doctors weigh in.
From Seat Mate to Soul Mate?
Dutch airline KLM has launched Meet and Seat, a function that allows passengers to choose their seats based on the profiles of other passengers. Could sparks fly in the sky?
“What we tend to do is use lip balm but we overdo it,” plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says.
Dr. Ordon explains that when you apply lip balm regularly, you’re creating a barrier of moisture from the inner layers of the skin. When you stop using it, your lips dry out and your basal layer must start producing new cells again. Since your lips feel dry, you apply more lip balm before you’ve given your lips a chance to bounce back.
If your lips feels dry, Dr. Ordon recommends using natural petroleum jelly no more than once a day to make sure your lips can produce their own moisture.