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 …

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 …