Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Increase Your Chances of Conceiving

While age is a significant factor in infertility for men and women – for men, semen quantity and sperm quality decline sharply after age 45, according to a recent study – there is still a lot that couples can do to alleviate their stress and optimize their chances of conceiving, according to natural fertility expert Dr. Lorne Brown. "Diet, for example, can have a real effect on women’s reproductive hormones. Research based on the Harvard Nurses Study found that women who followed a whole food, low GI, mostly plant-based diet experienced a six-fold increase in fertility." (November 1, 2007, issue of "Obstetrics & Gynecology"
More on the Harvard School of Public Health study is HERE.

"Women aren’t the only ones affected by diet," says Brown. "A recent study has shown that men who ate a high fat diet had a reduced sperm count and concentration of about 40% compared to men who had less fat intake."

Recent research also shows that certain vitamins and supplements may enhance fertility. A study published in the Journal of Urology found that Co-enzyme Q10 supplementation resulted in a statistically significant improvement in certain semen parameters. And Co Q10 has been showed to rejuvenate eggs in female mice.
Another study has just shown that vitamin D levels may be a potent factor in fertility for men and women. Vitamin D is essential for the healthy development of each sperm’s nucleus. It also increases levels of the male sex hormone testosterone, improving a man’s libido, according to the review of several studies published in the "European Journal of Endocrinology."

HERE is the original press release regarding these findings.

If you'd like to buy my book, Five Strands of Hope, about my infertility and triplet pregnancy journey, please see the link to the right of this post.

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