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 …

Obesity Can Hurt Male Fertility

A new study by researchers in India is showing that obesity can hurt male fertility.  Researchers at a fertility center in India analyzed sperm samples from over 1200 men and found that men who were obese (body mass index greater than 30) had lower semen volumes, lower sperm counts, lower sperm motility, and a higher percentage of abnormally shaped sperm.  …

Low Carb Diets May Increase Fertility

One of the most commonly asked questions by women who are hoping to conceive is, “What can I do or eat to increase my fertility?”  There are now multiple studies that may be providing some answers to this question.  There is a growing body of evidence that shows that diets high in protein and low in carbohydrates may lead to …

Trying to conceive-everyone has advice

It seems that if you tell anyone that you are trying to conceive you activate their advice-giving gene. That’s true also of writers looking for stories such as in this article from health.com where the author offers six “weird” things that boost your fertility.

According to the article, “If you are trying to get pregnant (or thinking about it), you’re …

ASRM Abstracts: The relationship between diet and sperm quality

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, former partner and Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


In an abstract …

Eating a good breakfast may be important for women with PCOS

You can’t imagine how many times I see excessive bowel activity on an early morning ultrasound which is a sign of not have eaten for a long time. I often ask, “Did you have breakfast.” The answer is invariably, “No.” I then remind them, “Didn’t your mother tell you that it’s important to eat a good breakfast?”

A new study …

ASRM ABSTRACTS: The relationship of exercise, diet and sperm count

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


The question often comes up: Does a …

ASRM ABSTRACTS: Full fat dairy is bad for sperm

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


Full fat dairy intake in active young …

Eating walnuts may boost sperm quality

Healthy young men with a Western-style diet may be able to boost their sperm quality by eating a small packet of walnuts a day.

These are the findings of a new study that shows healthy American men in their 20s and 30s who ate a 75g (2.5 ozs) packet of walnuts a day were able to increase the vitality, motility …

More on diet, lifestyle, men’s fertility and sperm health

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


Intake and levels of trans fats were