Sleep is Important for Fertility

A new study presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2018 annual Scientific Congress and Expo in Denver, Colorado, highlighted the importance of sleep on fertility.  The prospective cohort study showed that women with regular bedtimes took less time to conceive a pregnancy than women with more erratic bedtimes.

The study was undertaken by researchers from Washington University …

Worldwide: Sperm Counts Down

In the previous article, Dr Amin points out that sperm counts are declining and she offers some dietary advice to help men maximize their potential. In this article I will look at the world view and the consequences of this decline.

Julia Belluz writes for Vox that recent research suggests sperm counts are falling, with a 2017 study published in …

Does Diet Affect Sperm Quality?

Multiple recent studies have shown a decline in men’s sperm concentration and total sperm count over the past 80 years, but the underlying cause of this downward trend is unclear.  Most likely, there are multiple factors contributing to this trend, including worsening diets and an increasing number of men with obesity.

A recent review in the journal Fertility and Sterility …

Diet, Environmental Issues & Fertility

As time goes on we are learning more about some simple lifestyle and environmental issues that can affect a couple’s chance of conceiving. We all know the obvious ones like stopping smoking, using recreational drugs, excessive drinking, but here are a couple I bet you did not know.

One important lifestyle issue is diet. If you’re trying to have a …

Eating Fish Boosts Fertility

In a study of 501 couples who were trying to get pregnant without medical assistance and kept diaries on their diet and other health and behavioral habits, including fish consumption and frequency of sexual intercourse, they found that men who had two or more four-ounce servings of fish a week had a 47 percent shorter time to pregnancy, and women …

Eating Fruit May Improve Fertility

Last week I wrote about how eating more fruit may mitigate a woman’s chance of developing endometriosis.  Now, a new study is showing us that eating fruit may have additional benefits for fertility.  The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, showed that women who ate more fruit and less fast food took less time to conceive a pregnancy …

Diet and Endometriosis

As Dr. Wisot reported this week, there has recently been a campaign to increase awareness about endometriosis.  This is a disease that affects up to 10% percent of women and, unfortunately, it is a diagnosis that is very difficult to diagnose and treat.  In the last decade, the field of medicine has not made significant advancements in figuring out the …

Diet and IVF

Js it possible that modfiying your diet could improve your chance of success with IVF?

Greek researchers report that younger women who followed a so-called Mediterranean heart-healthy eating plan in the six months before trying IVF had better odds of a successful pregnancy than women who didn’t. “As more couples worldwide face infertility problems and seek access to assisted reproduction …

Diet and Fertility

Some out there are promoting the “fertility diet.”

According to an article in that great medical jouirnal, USA Today, “Many nutritional experts say follow the “fertility diet.” The plan is based on research from the landmark Nurses’ Health Study — one of the largest and most comprehensive studies on women’s health — which informed 10 steps for improving fertility through …

Pesticides in Food May Reduce Fertility

A new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine is showing that women who eat foods with high amounts of pesticide residue may have reduced fertility.  The study looked at 325 women undergoing infertility treatment with assisted reproductive technology (ART). Intake of high-pesticide residue fruits and vegetables was associated with a lower likelihood of having child via ART.   Intake …