February 15, 2016

Can Dairy Help Increase IVF Success?

Dairy Consumption and Increased Fertility

A recent study published in the journal Human Reproduction from the Harvard School of Public Health showed that women over the age of 35 who had diets high in dairy products had improved success rates with IVF.

Women in this age range who had more then three servings of dairy per day were 2.5 times as likely to conceive during an IVF cycle compared with women who had less than one and a third servings per day. The live birth rates increased from 23% to 55% in these women with the high dairy intake. Although there was a trend toward higher success rates with increased dairy intake for women less than 35 years old these findings did not reach statistical significance; these rates were adjusted for age and calorie intake. There had been previous studies that suggested a lower chance of success with higher dairy intake but this well controlled study refutes that data.

In summary, women over the age 35 who have three dairy servings per day appear to have a higher take home baby rate when undergoing IVF treatment; Women do not have to worry that a high dairy intake will lower their chance of conceiving.

For more information see:
Human Reproduction, January 16, 2016

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Robert M. Weiss, M.D.

Robert M. Weiss, M.D. Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist