Bacon, Fish and Sperm

semenPatients are always asking me are there dietary changes they can make to enhance their chances for pregnancy. In the case of men with low sperm counts, the answer is often no. However, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health looked at men’s diet and the quality of their sperm in a study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting. Interestingly, they found that men who consumed lots of processed meats such as bacon and sausage had poorer quality sperm and those who consumed lots of dark meat fish such as salmon and tuna had better quality sperm. While these findings are preliminary; the study size is small and the data has not been published yet, this does suggest that nutrition may play a real role in male infertility.

5 million IVF Babies Born

ImageSince its start on the fringes of medicine, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has resulted in an estimated 5 million births worldwide as announced at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and International Federation of Fertility Societies this week.  The biggest reason for the sudden explosion in IVF babies increased demand in developing countries such as China who now have access to modern medical care including fertility treatment.  There are now more children born through IVF than the population of some countries. That’s pretty remarkable for something that 35 years ago was not readily accepted by society. Click here for more from the article in USA Today.

Avoiding a toxic environment…….in the womb

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) have begun a program to educate women about the dangers of everyday toxins in the enviroment. Some of these chemicals have been associated with  infertilitystillbirthmiscarriage, childhood cancers and impaired brain development.  

They have recommended that pregnant women limit :