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Could Exposure to Caffeine in the Womb Cause Childhood Weight Gain?

May 7, 2018 3:47 pm

A recent observational study published by BMJ Open suggests that mums-to-be should cut out caffeine while pregnant, as the findings show that it is linked to excess weight gain during the child’s early years. It passes rapidly through tissues, including the placenta, and takes the body longer to dispose of during pregnancy. The study included almost 51,000 mother and infant pairs, all of whom were previously involved in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study between 2002 and 2008. Using a specifically adapted Food Frequency Questionnaire, the pregnant women were asked to quantify their food and drink intake, from around 255 items, including caffeine. Highly caffeinated items included things like coffee, black tea, energy drinks and various sugary snacks. After... View Article

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Is Red Wine Good for Fertility?

November 20, 2017 10:16 am

A recent study on the effects of alcohol on ovarian reserve resulted in a spate of newspaper articles claiming that red wine has a positive effect on fertility – the Daily Mail has even claimed a set figure of 5 glasses per month could help women get pregnant. Unfortunately, many newspaper articles reduce the findings of scientific studies into clickable headlines or do not approach studies critically. The original study itself concluded that red wine was associated with ovarian reserve measured by AFC (antral follicle count). It states that “resveratrol is a naturally occurring polyphenol found in higher concentrations in red wine, and it is known to have anti-inflammatory effects. Resveratrol may act to decrease reactive oxygen species at the... View Article

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Common Flame Retardants Associated with Lower Rates of Pregnancy

September 19, 2017 9:34 am

Couples experiencing infertility may look at lifestyle factors such as stress, weight, and past/present drug use as part of their assessment and treatment, but it’s unusual for people to assess all of the chemicals found in their home. Unfortunately, these can also have an impact on fertility and chances of pregnancy. The first study looking at the association between organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) and reproductive outcomes in women has been completed, and the findings show an association between higher rates of PFRs and lower pregnancy rates. While the association appears strong, there is no proven direct link. It is also unclear whether this association is only seen in couples undergoing IVF or if it appears in rates of natural conception... View Article

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Implantation Bleeding Explained

August 14, 2017 1:25 pm

Implantation bleeding is perfectly normal and extremely common, but many women are unaware of it and may mistake it for a period. It’s rare that it requires medical attention, but sometimes it is best to visit your doctor just to make sure. What is Implantation Bleeding? Implantation bleeding is an early sign of pregnancy – it happens a few days before a pregnancy test will be able to accurately tell you whether or not you are pregnant. Implantation happens around 1-2 weeks after the egg has been fertilised, when the embryo multiplies and becomes a blastocyst. It attaches itself to the wall of the uterus, where it will stay until it is born – this process can cause a little... View Article

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Sugar and Fertility: What is the Impact?

July 24, 2017 10:25 am

Healthy diet and proper proportions of macronutrients are essential to healthy eggs and sperm, which is why it’s so important for couples to look after their nutrition when trying to conceive. Unfortunately, if you do not cook from scratch it can be difficult to understand and keep track of exactly what is in your food – particularly with high volumes of added salt and sugar in processed foods. The Link Between Sugar Intake and Infertility Sugar can be a major hormone disruptor, and increasing research is pointing to links between sugar and inhibited fertility. For example, a study presented by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) showed that IVF patients who switched to a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet before undergoing... View Article

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Healthy Relationship Tips During Fertility Treatment

July 17, 2017 10:23 am

Infertility can be one of the biggest tests of your relationship – how you deal with it, how you communicate, and how you support each other through diagnosis, treatment, and hopefully pregnancy, can make or break a relationship. It can sometimes be easy to forget why you are going through this stressful situation to begin with – because you met somebody you love and want to have a child with them. Some couples find that their relationship is actually stronger after going through ordeals together – they find ways to communicate and focus on each other’s needs and that brings them closer. While doctor’s appointments, tests, and new routines will be foremost in your mind you should not neglect your... View Article

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Being Underweight Affects Fertility as Much as Obesity

July 3, 2017 1:06 pm

The majority of media at the moment focuses on the impact that obesity or simply being overweight can have on fertility, but being underweight also has devastating (and sometimes more long-lasting) consequences. The most common cause of infertility related to being underweight is hypothalamic amenorrhea; this condition stops the menstrual cycle and can result in other symptoms such as low libido. In simple terms, it is the body’s reaction of stress to starvation signals that prevents pregnancy in unsafe times. Unfortunately, in the modern world it is often the result of an intense training regimen (common among athletes), eating disorders, or even a stressful job. Even fast weight loss can trigger hypothalamic amenorrhea, which can be particularly distressing for women... View Article

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Can Diet Improve Fertility?

May 3, 2017 3:51 pm

One of the most common questions we are asked by patients is whether they can change their diet or add supplements to improve their chances of conceiving. The answer is complex and largely depends on the individual’s lifestyle, but the short version is that improving your overall health and lifestyle should have a positive effect on your fertility. However, if you already have a good diet, exercise regularly, and are not overweight these changes are likely to only have a limited impact. One of the times when diet can make the biggest impact on your fertility is when you are actively trying to conceive (rather than preparing for treatment). Here is a guide to help you maximise your chances of... View Article

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5 Ways to Boost Your Fertility in 2016

February 10, 2016 2:15 pm

If you’d like to start a family in the coming year, there are a lot of small lifestyle changes that you could make to boost your fertility and improve the chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy. We make these recommendations to all of our patients when trying to get pregnant. Eat Better Improving your diet is one of the few non-medical ways to improve ovulatory function. Controlling your weight and ensuring that you have a balanced, nutritious diet improves the chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy child. Exercise More Your BMI and physical fitness have a significant impact on fertility. Women with BMIs of over 24 are less likely to have a successful pregnancy (naturally or through... View Article

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Increasing Fertility: Does Aspirin Boost Fertility?

November 16, 2015 9:00 am

According to a recent US study at The National Institute of Child Health and Development in Maryland, USA low dose aspirin could improve pregnancy rates in some women due to its anti-inflammatory effects.  There are both advocates and critics of this new information, as summarised below. The US Study On Aspirin and Fertility The original study, called the EAGeR (Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction) was administered in 2014 to 1128 female participants who had previously suffered from a miscarriage.  As mentioned, it was conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland, USA. Participants were given either aspirin or a placebo- neither the researchers nor the participants were aware of who was... View Article