Infertility- Don’t Lose Sleep Over It

We have always paid a lot of attention to the role that lifestyle issues can play in reproduction. Many are obvious like smoking, excessive alcohol, drugs and both sides of the weight spectrum. Many of these are discussed in our Lifestyle & Fertility pages. Some are new or not so obvious such as new information on the effect of poor …

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.  …

Heavy work=less fertility?

This concept is counter-intuitive to the old adage of women working hard harvesting in the potato fields, having a baby and going right back to work and then having another baby in less than a year. Back then when woman started their reproductive lives in their teens or early twenties, worked very hard physically day and night without today’s conveniences, …

Couples Who Are Both Obese May Have Harder Time Conceiving

Lifestyle issues matter, at least when trying to conceive.

Couples who are both obese may have a harder time conceiving a child than couples who are both at a healthy weight, a team at the National Institutes of Health found. And obese couples struggle more with fertility than couples where only one person is obese.

Women who are too fat …

Chemicals in Women’s Diets May Affect IVF Success

Preliminary data from 2 new studies show that chemicals in women’s diets may affect IVF success rates.  This data was recently presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Scientific Congress.  It showed that pesticides, artificial sweeteners, and sugar in women’s diets can negatively affect their chances of conceiving a pregnancy with IVF.

Researchers in Boston looked at their patients’ …

Obesity and Fertility

Lifestyle issues such as smoking, weight issues on both ends of the spectrum, excessive alcohol consumption and excessive exercise can have an impact on menstrual function and fertility.

Now a study from the University of Utah have achieved an important success in treating obese infertile couples.

Obesity in both men and women can have an adverse effect on fertility. Both …

Link found between high cholesterol and infertility

As reported in the Washington Post, couples with high cholesterol have more difficulty conceiving than those with normal levels of the substance in their blood, researchers reported Tuesday, in what they called the first study to link fertility difficulties to the fat molecule commonly associated with cardiovascular problems.

In a study of 501 couples who were trying to conceive, …

ASRM ABSTRACTS: Moderate exercise improves IVF success rates

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.


In this study reported at ASRM, 87 …

Fathers matter: Epigenetics and Lyfestyle

There is an excellent article in the September 9th edition of The New York Times that every potential father should read on the effect they have on their offspring.

"Biology is making it clearer by the day that a man’s health and well-being have a measurable impact on his future children’s health and happiness. This is not because a strong, resilient …

I don’t believe the findings in a new study on a man’s fertility

Drinking, smoking and using recreational drugs probably will not reduce a man’s fertility, a new study reported in the New York Times suggests — but working on a road crew might.

British researchers studied 2,249 men who visited fertility clinics after a year of trying unsuccessfully to impregnate a partner. The men completed detailed health and behavioral questionnaires and each …