Fertility issues are on the increase and one in every five or six Irish couples now struggle to conceive. This is down to many different factors, but the good news is that nutrition can have a positive impact on both male and female fertility, whether trying to conceive naturally or via IVF. Read on or watch Heather explain more on Virgin Media Weekend AM.
What you eat when trying to conceive and when pregnant plays an important role in your baby’s health at birth and in some cases for the rest of their lives. So, it’s a great time to build healthy eating habits that you can pass on to your baby.
A study published in Oct of this year (in the journal Advances in Nutrition) aimed to evaluate the benefits of antioxidants on sperm count and quality1. There have been numerous studies in this field but, as often in science, it can be hard to pin down a definitive answer. This is a well-designed meta-analysis which tries to take into account data from lots of different studies and apply rigid statistical analysis to make sure that the effects seen are true (or to be as sure as we can be). This meta-analysis amalgamated data from 18 separate studies including almost 1800 men.
For many years, scientists and healthcare professionals believed the urine to be almost sterile. Now we know much more about the bacteria that live in our body and know that we have a microbiome not only in our gut, but in the mouth, vagina, the placenta and in the urinary tract. [Read more…]
Immune related infertility may be one of the underlying culprits behind ‘unexplained infertility’. Having this non-diagnosis is a difficult pill to swallow when you are on a fertility journey. Without a diagnosis, you can’t find a solution. Without having a solution, or even something to work towards, you might feel lost, powerless and somewhat abandoned by medicine. [Read more…]