When a couple is trying to conceive, the focus is often on the female partner. Many women will learn to track their periods, check for ovulation, and identify their fertile window. The male side of the equation should not be overlooked, however, including how ibuprofen use may have a negative impact on male fertility. For […]
Coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverage consumption has continued to increase over the past several decades. Is there a link between maternal caffeine consumption and birth outcomes? A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition from Ireland in 941 mothers and their newborns found that birth outcomes were negatively associated with maternal caffeine […]
Can Inflammation Cause Lack of Ovulation?
Can inflammation cause lack of ovulation? Inflammation is bad. The effects of inflammation are worse and compounding. The associations have been correlated to cardiovascular disease. But also we must consider other organs and systems, perhaps even more delicate. Insulin resistance and inflammation are now correlates. We know that impaired glucose tolerance not only boosts a […]
The type of male underwear may affect sperm function. A recent study published in Human Reproduction (Sept. 2018) reported that of 656 men attending a fertility center, those who reported wearing boxers had higher sperm concentration and total sperm count and lower FSH levels than men who wore tight fitting underwear. Wearing tight underwear may […]
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy is well known to be important in attaining a successful pregnancy, however, a recent study determined that preconception health of both men and women can affect the health of their offspring. Studies recently reported in the British Journal, ‘The Lancet’ published April 16, 2018 document that the health and […]
Studies suggest that eating more seafood is associated with a higher chance of becoming pregnant per cycle attempt and a higher frequency of intercourse. Eight or more seafood servings per cycle, or about two servings per week not only improved various biological markers including sperm parameters, ovulation dynamics, embryo quality, and implantation, but also increased […]
Does Stress Impact Success With IVF?
The majority of couples going through infertility treatment report some degree of stress. Both infertility itself and the treatment required to overcome it can be incredibly stressful. Understandably, patients worry that stress may be adversely impacting their probability of success. Previous studies on this subject have been mixed and patients often ask does stress impact […]
Obesity, defined as a Body Mass Index >30, is a world-wide epidemic especially in the United States. Obesity is associated with many health concerns including high blood pressure and diabetes. When trying to conceive pre-pregnancy obesity is a major risk factor for both men and women. Obesity is also associated with infertility in both men […]
Perhaps it is all about inflammation. The cause of premature delivery is unclear – it is signaled by the baby who is in peril or the mother whose body thinks it is delivery time or a cross-talk or lack of communication of both? Is inflammation the root cause and does it follow the fetus, now […]
In women who smoke, the adverse effects on fertility and pregnancy have been well-documented. The impact of male partners who smoke and pregnancy has not been studied as extensively, however. A recent study looked at pregnancy outcomes in women whose partner smoked during early pregnancy. These researchers found that women whose partner smoked during the […]