Tag Archives: lifestyle and fertility

Low Carb Diets May Increase Fertility

Written on September 10, 2017 at 12:47 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

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 …

Flame Retardants May Decrease IVF Success

Written on September 4, 2017 at 7:48 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is showing that flame retardants may decrease the likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing in vitro fertilization.  This is the first study to examine the association between organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) and reproductive outcomes in women.

Urine samples from 211 women undergoing IVF between 2005 and 2015 at the …

Common Household Products May Reduce Fertility

Written on August 26, 2017 at 11:32 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study is showing that ingredients in common household products may reduce fertility.  Researchers from University of California, Davis found that quaternary ammonium compounds, also known as “quats”, inhibit mitochondria and estrogenic functions in cells that were studied in vitro.

Quats are used as antimicrobial agents in many common household products, including antiseptics in toothpastes, mouthwashes, shampoos, lotions, household …

Sperm Counts of Western Men are Declining

Written on July 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new analysis published in the journal, Human Reproduction Update, is showing that the sperm counts of men in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have markedly declined in the past 40 years.

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusulem conducted a meta-analysis of 185 studies. The studies included data from sperm samples from almost 43,000 men from …

Questions to Ask if Your IVF Cycle Fails

Written on July 22, 2017 at 6:45 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

Although IVF has a high chance of success, not all couples conceive with their first IVF cycle.  Patients who don’t conceive with IVF often ask, “What happened?  Why weren’t we successful?”  These can be difficult questions to answer, but after an unsuccessful cycle, it’s important for both the patients and the physician to review how the cycle went.  For patients, …

Does Fertility Treatment Have Long Term Side Effects?

Written on March 25, 2017 at 11:05 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association journal reports a greater risk of heart failure and stroke in women who did not become pregnant after undergoing gonadotropin-based fertility treatment. The study looked at over 28,000 women, who underwent fertility treatment with injectable medications between 1993 and 2011 in Ontario, Canada.  Women who did not conceive with treatment had …

What Men Can Do to Improve Their Fertility

Written on March 2, 2017 at 9:36 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study found that eating walnuts may improve sperm quality.  This animal study on mice supports a previous 2012 study, which showed that men who added 75 gram (2.5 ounces) of walnuts per day to their diets had improved sperm vitality, motility, and morphology compared to men who did not.  The benefits of walnuts likely comes from the high …

Chemicals in Women’s Diets May Affect IVF Success

Written on December 16, 2016 at 4:17 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

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’ …

RPMG doctors’ videos featured on Fertility Authority

Written on May 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Video interviews of Reproductive Partners’ doctors are now being featured on fertilityauthority.com.

Dr. Andy Huang discusses discusses the latest technique in egg freezing for fertility preservation: vitrification.


Dr Huang is interviewed on how vitrification is an effective and highly successful way of freezing eggs and embryos.

Dr. David Meldrum explains how lifestyle affects fertility.

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

Written on June 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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 …