Fertility & Lifespan Medical Institute

Fertility Specialist & Reproductive Endocrinologist located in San Diego, CA

Our Institute is a national leader in IVF and reproductive medicine

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About Steven A. Brody, M.D., Ph.D.














Steven A. Brody, M.D., Ph.D. is the Medical Director of “Fertility and Lifespan
Medical Institute” in San Diego. He has spent his professional career providing
compassionate and specialized care to help couples overcome infertility and treat
reproductive conditions.

Dr. Brody has authored two textbooks, one at Stanford and one with a Nobel Prize
winner from Cambridge, entitled “Principles and Practice of Assisted Human
Reproduction.” His professional career is highlighted by the following:

  • M.D. degree from Washington University in St. Louis
  • Internal Medicine training at Yale University School of Medicine
  • Ob-Gyn Residency at Stanford University Medical Center
  • A faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine in Laser Surgery and IVF

Steven A. Brody M.D., Ph.D. is the only doctor in the U.S. who has achieved Board
Certifications in four distinct specialty areas including Internal Medicine, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.

Dr. Brody offers the kind of care and expertise that comes from a leading clinician in
the U.S.--gleaned from years of medical practice. Many of his patients have stayed with him long after their fertility treatments because of the trusting relationships they developed with him. He has expanded his practice to include care for menopausal women, integrative medicine, and the use of bioidentical hormones.

Dr. Brody served as Lieutenant Commander (surgeon) in the U.S. Public Health
Service. He was formerly an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD in La Jolla, and he has
published numerous medical research studies. He is an international speaker, having
lectured in several countries, including Peru, Colombia, Eastern Europe, and Japan.
Steven A. Brody, M.D., Ph.D. is the best-trained specialist in the U.S. No one can
match Dr. Brody’s credentials. On a personal level, Dr. Brody is proud of his children and his sweet grandson.

For a compassionate physician who works with you to overcome infertility and treat
any reproductive disorders, contact Dr. Brody. Call the office at 858-216-2127, or book an appointment online today.

Dr. Brody’s textbooks:

“Principles and Practice of Assisted Human Reproduction”
by Robert G. Edwards, Steven A. Brody
Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0721636268/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_tPnFFbTV2K2DG

“Endocrine Disorders in Pregnancy”
by Steven A. Brody, Kent Ueland 
Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/083852205X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_HQnFFbANXTTY


We accept the majority of health insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other quesitons.

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Unexplained Infertility? What are the causes?

Couples frequently ask their physician why they are not getting pregnant.  It is not infrequent for the wife to be told by her Ob-Gyn or infertility specialist that "everything is fine" and the chance of pregnancy looks good.  If several months go by without conception, the situation becomes extremely more frustrating.

Unexplained infertility affects about one out of eight couples (12%) who are trying to conceive.  With modern advances in the evaluation and diagnosis of reproductive disorders, we now know that the true incidence of unexplained infertility is much lower, probably on the order of five percent or less. At our Institute we find that less than 2% percent of patients have true. unexplained infertility. We can work with couples to identify any and all factors leading to reduced fertility.

Unexplained infertility is seen in situations where the wife has normal ovulatory function, no apparent endometriosis, patent tubes, and normal cervical mucous; and the husband's sperm count appears to be normal, and tests of sperm function all appear to be within the normal range.  

Virtually all cases of unexplained infertility will usually be due to one of the following three problems:

  1. Failure of ovum pickup
  2. Failure of fertilization
  3. Failure of implantation

In many cases these problems overlap and may be coincident. Furthermore, the presence of subfertility in each partner may result in infertility in the couple, despite apparently adequate reproductive function in each partner. At our center. We do the detective work to find out why a couple is not getting pregnant. With this approach, we find out that the vast majority of cases of unexplained infertility can actually be explained.

Mother and Baby
How Can We Determine Egg Quality?

Success with IVF ultimately depends on the maturity and the genetic composition of the eggs obtained during an IVF cycle. Fortunately, in advance of an IVF cycle, we can ascertain the quality of a woman's eggs by noninvasive testing.

Will IVF Help to Overcome Endometriosis?

Endometriosis can affect fertility in both anatomic, hormonal and biochemical ways. Endometriosis affects an estimated 20-40% of women. Overall, with endometriosis the pregnancy rates can be increased by 10 to 25% by utilizing in vitro fertilization.


Fertility & Lifespan Medical Institute
6386 Alvarado Ct., Suite 340
San Diego, CA 92120
Phone: 858-216-2096

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