Posted: 12:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

Center strives for best in reproductive health care

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Michael Thomas, M.D.

By Michael Thomas, MD

UC Health

When someone asks me what I do for a living and I tell them that I am a reproductive endocrinologist, the most common response is, “You’re a what?”

Simply put, I practice medicine at the UC Center for Reproductive Health, which was founded in 1988. I spend 80 percent of my time there assisting patients who have fertility issues and are trying to get pregnant. The rest of my time I devote to either treating patients with hormonal conditions such as difficult menopause problems or conditions like endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. Or I can be found conducting research at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where I am a professor and the director of the division of reproductive endocrinology.

Reproductive endocrinology is a specialty that has been my passion since I was introduced to the field in medical school. It’s a field that encompasses all of the things I truly like about medicine, from interacting with patients who want nothing other than to hold a child in their arms to conducting research for the betterment of women’s reproductive health.

That’s why when I and my colleagues Krystene DiPaola, MD, and Julie Sroga, MD, had the opportunity to relocate the UC Health Center for Reproductive Health to the UC Health Physicians Office Building North in West Chester, we were elated. We knew that we could provide Greater Cincinnati, specifically the families of Butler and Warren counties, with the best in reproductive health care in the best clinical environment available.

Most notably, we have the latest air filtration technology that creates an optimal environment for embryo to grow, which is important for ensuring embryo viability and a resulting pregnancy. This new technology mimics the ultra-pure environment that exists inside the body — but in this case, outside of the human body.

All impurities you can’t see with the naked eye can impair an embryo’s ability to grow, so we chose to take extra precautions to improve the purity of the air to help increase the success rates of pregnancy in our patients. The new air filtration system will also assist individuals diagnosed with cancer wishing to preserve their eggs or sperm prior to the start of chemotherapy or radiation.

In the United States today, nearly 7 million women ages 15-44 are unable to get pregnant or carry a child to term. It can be heartbreaking, but we know that there are certain barriers to pregnancy we can help our patients overcome.

While our new West Chester Twp. home offices officially opened July 2013, we’ve actually had a presence there since 2002. We are pleased to have West Chester Twp. as our home base.

Michael Thomas, MD, is Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

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