Chemical Exposure in Dads: Show This to Your Partner
A recent study on chemical exposure in dads published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) came to my attention. It was the second of two articles on the topic of men, their jobs and the risks of birth defects, and it seemed worthy of mention here.
Occupations Linked to Risks of Birth Defects
14,000 men were enrolled in a study in which job type was linked to increased risk of birth defects in children. It was found that certain jobs held by men in the months before conceiving a child may increase risk of birth defects. Occupations in which workers are exposed to solvents, such as artists, chemical workers, pharmacists, chemical engineers, painters, dry cleaners, printers and plumbers, were associated with eye, heart and intestinal defects as well as oral cleft problems. The chemicals themselves were not studied but should and will be further investigated by researchers.
In another study, a list of the jobs of 10,000 dads who had a child with a birth defect was compiled as well as a list of the jobs of 4,000 dads who had a child without birth defects. Jobs associated with defects included artists, photographers and photo processors, landscapers and groundskeepers. Jobs not associated with birth defects in this study included designers, health care professionals, dentists, firefighters, fishermen, car assembly workers, entertainers, smelters and foundry workers, stonemasons, glass blowers, train drivers, soldiers and drivers.
Among children born in the U.S., the CDC estimates 1 in 33 babies are born with birth defects.
Preventing Birth Defects: What To Do
So what do we do? Can we prevent birth defects or minimize their risk? Having men change careers where they have worked so hard to achieve their goals is not reasonable. I think the lesson here is that it is not only women who need to take care of themselves and their pre-conception health. It is very important that men be aware of their environment and try to limit their exposure to chemicals. Men may not realize that their health and exposures can impact the health of their yet to be conceived child.
Precautions can easily be taken – wearing gloves, keeping areas of chemical use well ventilated, washing hands after exposure, etc. The environment is full of toxins but we have the ability to shield ourselves as best we can by being aware of our surroundings and knowing that these chemicals can cause harm.
If you are a man, hoping to have a child in the future, and are not aware of your risks, please take the time to check. Then follow up with the best precautions possible, for the sake of the health of your child and for you.
~Diana D'Amelio, RPA
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)
Our resident physicians’ assistant, Diana D’Amelio, RPA-C, serves multiple functions at the Norwalk and Danbury offices of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). As a clinician, she sees patients and performs physicals and procedures like endometrial biopsies, ultrasounds and saline sonograms. She also oversees the third party reproduction program, which includes donor eggs, gestational carriers and intended parents. Finally, she is the team leader in the Danbury office.
Diana received her undergraduate degree in biology from Cornell University and completed the Surgeon’s Assistant Program at Cornell University Medical College. She has practiced in the field of infertility since 1993.
PCOS AWARENESS MONTH Continues at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut.
Living and Thriving with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is one of the most common disorders affecting women of all ages. Approximately 10% of American women are diagnosed with PCOS. The severity of PCOS symptoms varies from individual to individual and can have lifelong physical and emotional consequences. The good news is that incorporating simple, healthy lifestyle habits have been shown to improve individual symptoms that often occur with PCOS, such as insulin resistance, high cholesterol, weight gain, and infertility.
RMA CT offers a comprehensive seminar which reviews PCOS in its entirety, with special focus on the reproductive years. Diana D’Amelio, R-PAC and Carolyn Gundell, MS, nutritionist will conduct this interactive session. The underlying causes of PCOS, its impact on physical and emotional health, current trends in medical treatment, and the importance of good nutrition and exercise will be discussed.
Come learn how weight and activity can affect estrogen, testosterone, and insulin levels, in addition to how food intake and activity can improve insulin sensitivity, assist in weight management, reduce cholesterol levels, and help to increase fertility.
Healthy refreshments will be served.
Saturday September 25, 2010
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT
*$30/person or $40/couple
* Participants will receive one PCOS workbook as part of their attendance fee.
RSVP to Cori: 203-750-7492 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s going on at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut these days? Exciting goings on, so I figured I would do a little update for you.
We are so pleased to announce FertilityAuthority.com, a trusted source for fertility information, awarded "Nurse of the Month" to our nurse practitioner Monica Moore.
As a nurse practitioner (NP), Ms. Moore received advanced nursing education in addition to being a registered nurse. She is fully licensed and is a registered nurse n the state of Connecticut and by the national certification board of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Ms. Moore's nursing work experience spans nearly two decades in the field of fertility treatment. Prior to joining RMACT, Monica was the donor nurse coordinator at the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine. Monica's first job in reproductive endocrinology was at Cornell Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility over 10 years ago. “Taking care of the whole patient is where my passion lies,” says Monica Moore, M.S.N, R.N.C., a nurse practitioner and a nurse manager at RMA of Connecticut. During our conversation, Moore talks about the importance of integrating comprehensive care – including yoga, acupuncture, massage therapy and nutrition care – with fertility treatment. “It’s a natural extension,” she says. Body mass index (BMI), the mind-body connection and stress release are important parts of the fertility equation. As is nutrition.
Monica's research interests include: improving the efficiency of donor oocyte programs, advancing education for nurse managers, and developing patient teaching techniques. Monica enjoys any opportunity for teaching nurses or other staff members. Monica has published abstracts, online articles and a book chapter. She chaired the ASRM Nursing course in 2007 and was a recipient of the IVP Care's Professional Patient Education Grant in 2004. She is one of the founding members of the Advanced Nursing Network, a committee of the nursing practice group (NPG), whose purpose is to establish a national network of nurses in managerial or midlevel positions.
Monica received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society.
Fertility Authority is a web portal dedicated to providing the best information available to assist those who need to make informed decisions about their fertility.
Our Danbury office is missing the presence of two of our favorite nurses these days. We are fortunate enough to have wonderful, professional and experienced coverage from our other RMACT nurses (Christina, Jocelyn, and Brigette), so there will be not be any changes in the way that you, our patients, are being treated and no change in how quickly your questions are answered. For those of you used to working with Kathleen and Anne, we miss them too, and will be welcoming them back sometime in the fall. You can request speaking with or working with one particular nurse if that feels more consistent and comfortable for you. Please let us know if you have any questions, we’re always happy to answer them.
Fertile Yoga this weekend in both Norwalk and Brookfield. As always, free of charge. A wonderful way to enhance treatment and the possibility of conceiving. On Saturdays, class meets from 9:30 until 11:00 in Norwalk, (20 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT); 4:15 until 5:30 in Brookfield (777 Federal Road, Brookfield, CT.)
The classes are very gentle, in the style of restorative yoga. There is absolutely no creating pretzel like poses, or balancing on one hand while the other three limbs are up in the air. One of my students describes the class as a mini-vacation that she treats herself to each week; a way to take a formal break from the rest of her routine. Classes focus on very gentle movement (often not getting off the mat at all), guided meditation, focused breath and relaxation.
My intention is to teach different mechanisms of releasing stress that we learn in class to take and use out of class. Each class is different, with a focus on new tools.
Getting Ready for Pregnancy
Health and lifestyle changes made prior to pregnancy help to reduce complications in pregnancy and delivery, in addition to helping improve the health of the baby. Prenatal nutrition, environmental concerns and the health of both partners will be discussed. This seminar will be led by Carolyn Gundell, MS and Diana D’Amelio, RPA-C.
Wed | July 21 in our Norwalk location
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Please note, you do NOT have to be a patient of RMACT to attend any of these seminars, nor will you be given any kind of push to switch to our practice. RMACT brought Carolyn on so that our practice would be better able to offer patients the nutrition help that they need. The seminar series was added so that the reach would be broader and more help could be offered outside of our smaller community. The same is true of Fertile Yoga. All are welcome, RMACT saw that there was a need in the larger community and is trying to help fill it.