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red wine and fertility

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

doctor STIs and fertility

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

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Older Fathers Pass on More Gene Mutations Than Mothers

October 31, 2017 1:13 pm

A study that investigated the genomes of thousands of Icelandic parents and children has concluded that older fathers pass on far more genetic mutations to children than mothers do. Researchers found that children inherit 4 times more mutations from their fathers than their mothers, and therefore suggests that rare childhood diseases are more often caused by men’s DNA. This is not to be confused with the genetic mutations that cause infertility, which are the most significant age-related factors affecting couples and are highly correlated with the female parent’s age. Men pass on more mutations as they make sperm throughout their lifetime, and are therefore exposed to the possibility of these genetic mutations, unlike women who are born with all of... View Article

asthma and fertility

Asthma May Affect Your Fertility

October 24, 2017 10:00 am

Women who suffer from asthma are more likely to require fertility treatment in order to conceive, according to a new study. Research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress showed that 12% of women with asthma received fertility treatment before getting pregnant, compared with just 7% of women who do not suffer from the condition. The study has not established a causal relationship between asthma and infertility, but the correlation has led researchers to suggest that good asthma management may help improve chances of natural conception, and conception following fertility treatment. The Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK has commented on the research, saying, “There is a wealth of existing research linking asthma and hormones and this... View Article

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Previous IVF Pregnancy Increases Chances of Success

October 17, 2017 9:59 am

Fertility treatments can be stressful, and for women with an existing history of miscarriage it can be disheartening and painful to experience more. However, there is hope for couples who have previously miscarried following IVF treatment – women who have previously conceived due to IVF actually have a better chance of getting pregnant again. A University of Aberdeen study looked at more than 112,000 women between 1999 and 2008 – researchers found that women who successfully conceived during a course of IVF were at least 10% more likely to conceive again (compared to women who did not conceive). Women who miscarried in the first cycle of IVF had a 40.9% chance of having a baby over 2 further IVF cycles,... View Article

sperm counts and obesity

Male Obesity is Linked to Poorer Sperm Quality

October 7, 2017 10:01 am

Weight and body mass have a large impact on fertility – while previous research has largely focused on the link between female weight and fertility, a recent study published in the journal Andrologia has found that male obesity is associated with lower sperm volumes, sperm count, concentration, motility, and more sperm defects. A person is considered obese if their bodyweight is at least 20% higher than it should be – this coincides with having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. 28.1% of adults in the UK are obese, with just 34% of men having a healthy BMI of 18.5-25. Obesity is also associated with a variety of other health issues, such as high blood pressure, type 2... View Article


Implanting Two Embryos Could Reduce Chances of Pregnancy

September 25, 2017 9:34 am

Implanting two embryos during IVF has been the default technique for certain groups in order to maximise the chances of pregnancy, especially in the past when techniques were less refined, or with clinics or countries which are not so concerned with the problems associated with multiple pregnancies. A recent research programme shows that if one of the embryos is of lower quality than the other it can actually reduce the chances of successful implantation and pregnancy by up to 27%. Experts have previously believed that the body may focus on the better embryo, but these researchers have now suggested that the body may reject pregnancy altogether based on the quality of the poorer embryo rather than selecting the best candidate.... 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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80% of Women Give Birth within 5 Years of Fertility Treatments

September 12, 2017 9:34 am

The majority of women under 35 will give birth within 5 years of starting fertility treatments, a Danish study has shown. While treatments such as IVF and IUI do not necessarily work first time, this study has revealed that over half have a baby within 2 years of starting treatment, with that figure rising dramatically when you look at birth rates over 5 years. Maternal age did have an impact on the results – while 80% of women under 35 gave birth within 5 years, that figure dropped to 60% for women between 35 and 40, and 26% for women over 40. Overall, of the almost 20,000 followed as part of the study, 57% had a child as a result... View Article

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The Great Egg Freeze – The Tipping Point for Egg Freezing?

September 1, 2017 9:12 am

Last month BBC Radio 4 repeated a documentary on egg freezing and the opportunities now available for women to delay conception. Sometimes heralded as fertility insurance, it is important that people are realistic about the prospects of conceiving from frozen eggs, and explains the process fully so that women know both what happens when they have the eggs harvested and how they will be thawed, fertilised, and implanted if and when they are required. Fertility treatments are now even offered by some employers to retain women of child-bearing age and support them – the idea (they say) is that they do not have to choose between their career and fertility, egg freezing can promise both. There are incidences where fertility... View Article