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 …

Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Improve Male Fertility

The question about whether or not alcohol consumption affects male fertility is difficult to answer because the medical literature in this area has been mixed.  A new study from Italy, published in the journal Andrology, is suggesting that a moderate amount of alcohol by men may actually boost male fertility.

The study looked at the semen analyses of 323 …

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 …

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 …

How Much Caffeine is Safe in Pregnancy?

A new study, published in the journal BMJ Open, suggests that high caffeine intake during pregnancy may be linked to childhood weight gain.  Caffeine intake during pregnancy was associated with increased growth during the infant’s first year of life and an increased risk of the child being overweight at 8 years old.  These are important findings to consider since …

Cannabis, Fertility & Pregnancy

Although cannabis is not legal according to federal law, many states have passed legislation legalizing or decriminalizing it at the state level. It seems that some medical marijuana fecilities are promoting it to pregnant women, primarliy for morning sickness relief.

About 70% of cannabis dispensaries in Colorado in a survey recommended cannabis products for relieving morning sickness in pregnant 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 …

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.  …