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 …

PCOS Beyond Infertility

Last week I wrote about the effect polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) has on a woman’s fertility and how Clomid is very effective in overcoming issues with ovulation. But there are many androgen hormone effects of PCOS that can affect a woman’s general health. These issues are well outlined in an online article on U.S News.

PCOS, which affects about 15 …

PCOS, Clomid and Infertility

Here’s breaking news….that we have know for about 50 years.

Clomid (clomiphene citrate) (CC) significantly improved ovulation and pregnancy outcomes in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), according to data from 72 women. The part we did not know is how it works. Now there is evidence that Clomid improved markers of PCOS. Nitric oxide (NO), interleukin-10 (IL-10), and matrix …

Depression in Men Linked to Infertility

You would expect that if depression was a problem for one member of a couple trying to conceive, it would be more of a problem for the woman. Not so.

Depression in the man may reduce the chances that a couple struggling with infertility will ultimately conceive, new research suggests. Depression among women was not linked to lower conception rates, …

Take a walk and get pregnant

I think we are understanding that some simple lifestyle issues are important in hastening one’s ability to conceive. We all know the obvious ones; stop smoking, moderate alcohol, try to achieve an ideal weight. You can find them all in our Lifestyle & Fertility pages.

Here’s a new one to add. A study investigating the impact of aspirin on the …

Is Male Infertility Being Ignored?

Now this is shocking: A survey of more than 2,000 couples seen at U.S. fertility clinics showed that three-fourths of the men had not undergone a fertility workup, even though male infertility contributes to half of all infertility cases. In the subgroup of 1,537 couples without a workup of the male partner, 17% had a history of assisted reproduction procedures, …

Does Acupuncture Improve Fertility Treatment Success?

Women often use acupuncture in conjunction with fertility treatment to increase their chance of success, but a new study found that acupuncture may not be helpful.  The study, published in JAMA, found that acupuncture does not increase live birth rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization. 

The study looked at IVF outcomes for more than 800 women in Australia …

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 …

Endometriosis And Infertility

Endomnetriosis can contribute to the problem of infertility. Yet, even before a woman tries to conceive, she may suffer with monthly periods which are heavy and excruciating. But if she does not see a doctor who may suspect endometriosis she may get the advice, “Take some ibuprofen and you’ll be fine.”

Endometriosis is a disorder in which the endometrium, tissue …