We know from animal studies that pesticide exposure can negatively impact the number of live-born offspring. A recent study in JAMA suggests that the same may be true in humans, that is, pesticides may negatively impact IVF pregnancy rates. Researchers looked at preconception intake of pesticide residue from fruits and vegetables to see if there was any impact on pregnancy outcomes from IVF. This study included 325 women who completed 541 IVF cycles from 2007-2016. These investigators found that greater intake of high-pesticide fruits and vegetables was associated with a 26% lower chance of live birth with IVF.
Further research is required, but these findings suggest that women who are trying to conceive should limit their exposure to pesticides. At Fertility Centers of New England, we encourage all of our patients to lead a healthy lifestyle in order to have the best chance possible of conceiving. If you have questions about your or your partner’s fertility, please contact us today!