Explaining DNA fragmentation and why it impacts on male fertility
What I wish I had known by Emily Phillips
According to recent media reports, mounting evidence suggests that male factors may be the contributing factor in nearly half of all infertility cases.
Sperm DNA fragmentation - a term used to denote abnormal genetic material within the sperm, which may lead to male subfertility, IVF failure and miscarriage - is an increasing focus for discussion amongst researchers and fertility experts.
So, what can be done to support men who present with higher than average DNA fragmentation in their sperm?
Proceive® made our dreams come true!
Trying for a baby can be just that: trying. Which is why when I set out to write a book about that special moment in your life where it seems like the time might actually be pretty right to have a baby – not least because everyone else you know suddenly has one – there was no other name for it.
Dietary & Lifestyle changes to improve PCOS
Sarah Walsh, now 39, and her husband Ivor, 41, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Sadie, eight years ago. Having managed to conceive naturally after only a couple of months trying, both assumed they’d have no problem producing a baby brother or sister for their little girl. Read the full article in the Mail Online.
5 Anti-Nutrients men need to avoid
Most women with PCOS grow many small cysts on their ovaries. That is why it is called polycystic ovary syndrome. The cysts are not harmful but lead to hormone imbalances. Early diagnosis and treatment can help control the symptoms and prevent long-term problems
To Coffee or not when trying for a baby?
Fertility solutions are big business and medical intervention is very expensive. Food and its impact on health outcomes has now emerged as one of the major players in achieving a pregnancy.
Low AMH - don't panic!
Caffeine consumption is a much debated subject when it comes to conception and fertility issues. Coffee can be described as a double edged sword. Coffee beans come from a plant so they are essentially a healthy food choice. They are packed full of health promoting plant chemicals. When the beans are picked, they are roasted and this process increases their health promoting anti-oxidant levels.
Vegan Diets and Conception
I am seeing more and more women attending me concerned about their AMH reserve. AMH, is the short name for Anti-Mullerian Hormone. It is a substance produced by the granulosa cells in the ovarian follicles. It is a routine test carried out in fertility clinics. It may be interpreted as an indicator of low ovarian reserve, in other words a reduced supply of eggs in the ovaries.
The Egg Story
There is a growing trend in the western world towards eating a vegan diet. A vegan diet is a diet that excludes all animal foods and foods produced by animals. These foods include meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, gelatine and honey.
A vegan diet is also called a plant based diet. It relies solely on plant foods. Plant foods are super healthy for us. Most people do not consume sufficient plant based foods in their diets.
Cannabis reduces male fertility
Women are born with around 1-2 million follicles (immature eggs). This is their complete supply and they don’t make any more. At puberty the number of eggs has dropped by over half down to 400,000-500,000. With each menstrual cycle up to 1000 follicles begin getting ready for ovulation. Only 1 becomes mature enough to do so. The other 999 or so are lost, so once you start your regular menstrual cycles, you begin to lose eggs on a monthly basis.
Research shows that we do take preparing our bodies for conception seriously
The United Nations drugs watchdog has warned that Government's "softly, softly" approach to cannabis use is putting the health of future generations at risk.
Selenium and Fertility
The good news is that losing weight, taking supplements, changing diet and cutting down on alcohol are seen as important and amongst those trying for a baby:
• 53% losing weight to boost their chances of conception
• 38% taking fertility enhancing prenatal vitamins
• 37% exercising more
• 36% changing their diet, with most adopting a low-sugar way of eating
How to help friends who are trying to conceive
Very often when we think of fertility issues, we jump to the conclusion that it is a female issue as the woman provides the vessel to carry the baby. We now have a much better understanding of the importance of the quality of male sperm.
40 years since the first IVF baby!
The latest research from PROCEIVE, along with Mummy Pages highlights how women feel when they are asked are they are trying for a baby. The hardest part of the conception journey reported by our mums-to-be is when people enquire if they are ‘trying’ or by reminding them that their biological ‘clock is ticking’ (33%), when their friends make their own baby announcements (31%), and seeing pregnant women (18%).
Lubrication and Fertility
Louise Brown was born on November 10, 1977 – 40 years ago. Louise was the first IVF baby. Prof Robert Edwards and Dr Patrick Steptoe pioneered a technique that would go on to give millions of couples the chance to have children.
Conception: the Facts
Cervical mucus that a woman produces is there for a very good reason and actually assists conception. It is common for a woman to experience some vaginal dryness throughout her childbearing years, but if this continues it may make it difficult to get pregnant.
Every month, hormonal changes in a woman’s body cause the ovaries to release a single egg. This egg passes into the fallopian tubes, which link the ovaries to the uterus (womb). At the same time, the lining of the womb thickens. This is to prepare it for the possibility of receiving a fertilised egg.