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Increase Your Chances of Successful IVF with a Mediterranean Diet

February 19, 2018 5:01 pm

Along with a team of researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Harokopio University of Athens, Dr Nikos Yiannakouris has completed a study suggesting a link between the Mediterranean Diet and a woman’s chance of a successfully conceiving and delivering a healthy baby with IVF treatment. The study involved nearly 250 women between the ages of 22 and 41. Questionnaires were completed which asked the women how often they had eaten particular groups of food over the last six months. Based on the results of the questionnaires, each woman was given a Mediterranean diet ‘score’. The results of the study suggested that those in the group which had high Mediterranean diet scores were over 65% more likely... View Article

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Fertility of Daughters Could Be Affected by Gestational Use of Paracetamol

February 1, 2018 9:48 am

Exposure to paracetamol during pregnancy could reduce female fertility. Studies on rats and mice have shown that the drug can disrupt the reproductive development of females, which has an impact on egg reserves and fertility in adulthood. As one of the most used and prescribed painkillers in the world, this study could have a huge impact on recommendations for pregnant women if the same effects are observed in humans. While the effect may not be severe (and may not result in complete infertility), three different studies all independently found that paracetamol does have an effect. Currently, doctors recommend that women use paracetamol for the shortest duration necessary to relieve pain – this recommendation still stands until further evidence is available.... View Article

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Miniature Obstacle Courses Can Be Used to Sort Sperm

January 25, 2018 9:46 am

Scientists in the United States have created obstacle courses to help sort the fastest and best-formed sperm for use in IVF procedures. The obstacle course is called SPARTAN (or the Simple Periodic ARray for Trapping And isolatioN) and is 14mm long – sperm have to swim through three-dimensional pillars to emerge at the other end. Any sperm that make it within a specified time frame are judged to be the best candidates for IVF. Professor Erkan Tuzel states that, “with SPARTAN, we not only get sperm with excellent motility, but also with normal morphology and better DNA integrity, helping families worldwide by reducing the stress of multiple IVF procedures, while potentially increasing pregnancy rates.” Only normal sperm should make it... View Article

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Ibuprofen may Increase Infertility Risks for Men

January 18, 2018 9:46 am

Men who regularly take high doses of ibuprofen may be risking their fertility, according to new research. Scientists studied healthy men between the ages of 18-35 to test the impact of taking ibuprofen over a longer period – subjects took 600mg, twice a day, for six weeks. Over a short period of time, the effects were mild and temporary but doctors fear that it could become permanent in more long-term users. Subjects in the study began to suffer from ‘compensated hypogonadism’ within two weeks – this is a condition where the body has to boost levels of testosterone because normal production in the testes has fallen. The drug is also associated with muscle wastage, erectile dysfunction, and fatigue. There should... View Article

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Vitamin D Could Improve IVF Outcomes

December 27, 2017 9:56 am

A recent study is the largest to date that examines how vitamin D affects fertility in women who are undergoing fertility treatment, namely IVF. For decades scientists have known that vitamin D is essential for mammalian reproduction, but its role in human fertility specifically has not been as well studied. The study evaluated pregnancy outcomes for 335 women who attended a fertility clinic in Milan in 2012. Researchers measured serum vitamin D levels up to 90 days before their embryo transfer. Out of the 335 women, 154 had vitamin D deficiency – the embryo implantation rate for this group was just 13% compared to 21% for women who have sufficient or higher levels of vitamin D in their serum. The... View Article

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Dealing with Infertility Over Christmas

December 21, 2017 9:53 am

While Christmas and the surrounding holidays are a wonderful time to relax and see family and friends, it can be particularly difficult or stressful for people experiencing infertility or going through fertility treatments. You may need to make some adjustments to your standard Christmas activities to enjoy yourself or even to improve the efficacy of your fertility treatment. Be Careful About Food and Drink Christmas is definitely a time of over-indulgence, but this may not be an option if you are undergoing IVF or any other fertility treatment. You should still be able to enjoy the standard Christmas favourites, such as Christmas dinner and plenty of chocolate, but the advice to avoid alcohol still stands around the holidays. You may... View Article

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Air Pollution May Affect Sperm Quality

December 14, 2017 9:52 am

High levels of air pollution have recently been associated with poor sperm quality, and could be partially responsible for the drop in male fertility uncovered by a study earlier this year. This latest study checked the sperm levels and quality of nearly 6,500 men aged between 15 and 49 in Taiwan between 2001 and 2014. Researchers assessed quality and measured the level of fine particulate pollution, and found a correlation between high levels of pollution and low percentage of normal sperm morphology resulting in a higher chance of being in the bottom 10% of normal sperm size and shape. This information took into account other potential factors such as smoking, drinking, age, and weight. However, some clinicians disagree about the... View Article

The Most Common Fertility Myths

November 27, 2017 10:17 am

Like any health issue, fertility is surrounded with myths and outdated information which can confuse people who are trying to conceive or even reduce their chances of success. Our doctors often hear people repeat these myths – unfortunately, it is difficult to find reliable sources of information, especially with the vast number of contradictory articles online. These are some of the most common myths we have heard at Concept Fertility. Fertility is a Woman’s Issue A common and very old fashioned misconception is that women the ones who are usually affected with fertility problems. The truth is that in around a third of cases the woman suffers a particular issue affecting fertility, in a third of cases it is the... 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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How Do STIs Affect Fertility?

November 13, 2017 10:16 am

Regular sexual health checks are essential for good health, regardless of the number of partners you have had. If you would like to conceive, it is especially important to ensure that you do not have any STIs, both for your own health and that of your baby. Nearly half a million people are diagnosed with an STI every single year and they can cause a range of complications for people who would like to start a family.  Long-term, untreated STIs can have a serious effect on fertility and up to 25% of infertility cases are down to a previous STI. Many STIs are symptom-free, so without a test there is no way of knowing for certain whether or not you... View Article