Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk of miscarriage, study suggests

A recent study has found that women with vitamin D deficiency take longer to get pregnant. Women with vitamin D deficiency also have a greater chance of a miscarriage.

Story via Alex Matthews-King of Independent

Study reveals eating more fish could increase your chances of having a baby

"The research found that men who had two or more four-ounce (113 gram) servings of fish a week, had a 47 per cent reduction in pregnancy time, and women by 60 per cent, as opposed to the couples who consumed one or fewer servings a week." - Quote by Juna Xu

Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon (and other fish) can improve embryo quality and ovulation for females. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids improve sperm quality for men.

Story via Juna Xu for My Body+Soul

The five factors that are affecting your fertility without you realizing it

"The five factors that are affecting your fertility without you realizing it" from the article by Dilvin Yasa:

1) Age
2) Weight
3) Smoking
4) Drinking
5) Timing
See the full article for details.

Story via Honey (

From your phone to your make up – 8 things that could be harming your fertility

Here is a list of "8 things that could be harming your fertility" from the article by Julie Hancox for Healthista

1) Your mobile phone
2) Blue light
3) Your make up
4) Tap water
5) Laptops on laps
6) Plastics
7) Pesticides
8) Paints

See the article for full details!

Story via Julie Hancox for Healthista

Time waits for no man: the impact of age on male fertility

Male fertility declines with age. "For example, most of the public are unaware that it takes five times longer to achieve pregnancy when the father is over 45." - Quote by Annabel Slater for BioNews

It is not necessarily the quantity of sperm that declines as a man ages, yet it is the quality of the sperm that declines.

Story via BioNews (

Hopes for PCOS cure as scientists reveal cause in mice

"[Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)] may be triggered before birth by excessive exposure to anti-Mϋllerian hormone (AMH) in the womb, researchers found. They were then able to counter the symptoms of the syndrome in mice. A clinical trial to see if the treatment works in women will begin later this year.

In the study in Nature Medicine, Dr Paolo Giacobini at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), and his team discovered that pregnant women with PCOS have 30 percent higher levels of AMH than usual. As the disease can be hereditary, the researchers then investigated whether the high levels of hormone could induce the same condition in female offspring." - Quote by Dr Elizabeth Oliver

Story via BioNews (

Depression linked to lower fertility in men

According to a US National Institute of Health study, men who suffer from major depression "are less likely to conceive a child[.]" - Quote by Melanie Krause

Story via BioNews (

6 tips for couples facing fertility issues

6 fertility tips from the article by SNS Web | New Delhi:

1) Eat healthy
2) Be fit and active
3) Track your fertility days
4) Reduce stress and anxiety
5) Share your feelings and talk about it
6) Reduce caffeine and stop alcohol consumption

For more details, see the full article

Story via SNS Web | New Delhi

Microwaving Your Food In Plastic Containers? It May Increase Risk of Diabetes, Obesity and Infertility

Many plastic containers contain harmful chemicals that may include, but are not limited to, phthalate, bisphenol A (commonly known as BPA), styrene, PVC, and dioxin. These chemicals have been linked to cancer.

"The disturbing truth is that heat transfers the chemicals in plastic very effectively into your food. When the food is heated, the food touching the plastic receives the chemicals leaching out. Eating those chemicals can increase risks of cancer, infertility and havoc on the normal functioning of reproductive systems and your brain[.]" - Quote by Dr Nitasha Gupta, an IVF expert

Story via NDTV Food Desk (

Want to increase fertility? Try dropping fast food

"When the researchers looked at the effects of diet on infertility, they found that in women with the lowest intake of fruit, the risk of infertility increased from 8% to 12%, and in those who ate fast food four or more times a week, the risk of infertility increased from 8% to 16%."

"An admitted weakness of the study, the researchers noted, was that they did not collect dietary information from the fathers." - Quotes by CNN Wire Service (

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How eating burgers and pizza frequently, delays pregnancy

Women who eat a lot of fast food, and don't eat much fruit, take longer to get pregnant. Also, these women are "less likely to conceive within a year."- Quote by AFP For Citizen Digital

Story via AFP For Citizen Digital

Stem cell breakthrough: Scientists create embryo without sperm or egg

"New Delhi: In a significant development that could yield vital insights into fertility, scientists have for the first time created embryo-like structures in the lab using stem cells, rather than eggs or sperm, says a new study. The Dutch researchers say the procedure was not meant for cloning people or animals, but to find out why pregnancies fail at an early stage-implantation." - Quote from Times Now Digital

The study's author, Dr. Nicolas Rivron, said, “These early embryos have all the cell types required to form a whole organism. They will help us better understand the hidden processes at the start of life, to find solutions for fertility problems, and to develop new drugs without the use of lab animals.” - Quote by Dr. Nicolas Rivron for Times Now Digital

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Fast Food Doubles The Risks Of Infertility In Women, An Australian Study Revealed

An Australian study revealed that consuming fast food regularly doubles the chances of infertility in women. Fast food can cause women to have difficulty remaining pregnant. Additionally, eating fast food can cause digestive disorders, obesity, and possibly even cancer.

Story via Vadim Caraiman of Health Thoroughfare

Can Endometriosis Cause Diminished Ovarian Reserve?

"While a 2017 study published in the Journal of Ovarian Research concluded endometriosis seems to negatively affect egg quality, there are no studies that definitively link endometriosis and diminished ovarian reserve."

Dr. Karli Goldstein, MD, of Seckin Endometriosis Center, said, women with endometriosis "shouldn't give up on motherhood. She recommends patients with endometriosis see a reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in or personalizes care for endometriosis." - Quotes by Joanie Cox-Henry

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Foods to eat and skip to increase chances for pregnancy

Foods that may help with female fertility: salmons, nuts and seeds, spinach, beans, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables.

Foods that may help with male fertility: dark chocolate, berries, citrus fruits, fish, chicken, and whole grains.

See the artcile for more details.

Story by Katie Kindelan via GMA

Monday, June 11, 2018

Male infertility on the rise, difficult to address

Dr. Raymond Mansoor claims the average male sperm count has declined in the last 40 to 50 years.

This is problematic because, overall, men seek out fertility treatment at a lower rate than women.

Additionally, men are also less likely than women to be open to talking about fertility issues.

Source: Koren Norton, Social Worker at the MSJMC

Story via Antigua Obeserver

Monday, June 4, 2018

Can Stem Cell Transplants Improve Fertility in Women with Asherman's Syndrome?

In a recent study, Russian researchers used a rat model to determine if stem cell transplantation can treat people with Asherman's syndrome (AS), in cases where surgical treatment methods of AS are ineffective.

Conclusion of study: "Human endometrial mesenchymal stem cells (eMSC) can be successfully applied for Asherman's syndrome (AS) treatment in the rat model." - Quote from the study by the Institute of Cytology (Russian Academy of Sciences), Faculty of Medicine (St. Petersburg State University), and the Institute of Cytology (Russian Academy of Sciences)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Low zinc levels affect fertility: Women lacking in the mineral will struggle to conceive for up to three months, study finds

Over 80% of US women do not receive enough zinc. Women who have low zinc levels risk their eggs not being being able to properly divide, rendering the eggs unable to be fertilized.

Story via Megan Sheets for DAILYMAIL.COM