Explaining DNA fragmentation and why it impacts on male fertility
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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?
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.
Fertility and the fry up
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.
Protein for Conception
Men trying to conceive need to significantly reduce their consumption of all processed meat. Guys, it may be time to say goodbye to your rashers, sausages and pudding breakfast if you would like to improve your sperm quality and achieve a pregnancy.
Tasty Foods containing Vitamins and Minerals
Protein is a macro nutrient and is vital for conception and pregnancy. It is comprised of many amino acids. These amino acids are the building blocks of the body. It is responsible for building and repairing cells, manufacturing hormones and a healthy reproductive function. The body needs a constant supply of protein which should be consumed at each meal. Different foods have different levels of protein.
Research shows that we do take preparing our bodies for conception seriously
There are lots of tasty foods which will make you really enjoy eating healthily and don't take too much effort to prepare. Some of them include:
WALNUT & BRAZIL NUTS
Walnuts contain Vitamin E, omega 3 oils, and healthy fats.
Brazil nuts contain selenium, magnesium, vitamins and healthy fats.
You can eat them raw, add them to cakes, muffins, scone mixes, or bread mixes as well as to salads.
Beans and Amino Acids
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
Vitamin D - Sunshine on the road to conception
A good fertility supplement should contain the correct amount of L'arginine and L'citrulline. L'arginine and L'citrulline are amino acids which are the precursors for the production of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide has many functions in the human body. It is a molecule that the body produces to help its 50 trillion cells communicate with each other by transmitting signals throughout the entire body.
Laura Dowling aka Fabulous Pharmacist gives her Top Fertility Tips
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with several reproductive disorders, including miscarriage, preterm birth and reduced production of the sex hormones. In fact, research has discovered that vitamin D may play a regulatory role in female reproductive physiology, since vitamin D receptors and enzymes are expressed in the ovaries and the placenta. According to a study carried out in the National Maternity hospital in Dublin, pregnant women in Ireland have vitamin D intakes far below those recommended for the normal development of a child’s bones,.
Fertility Tips from Dr. Phil Boyle
Laura Dowling aka Fabulous Pharmacist gives her Top Fertility Tips.
Selenium and Fertility
Dr. Phil Boyle from Neo Fertility gives his top Fertility Tips.
Fibre & Fertility
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.
Zinc & Male Fertility
To prepare for pregnancy and enhance fertility, it is very important to maintain a healthy weight and choose foods that will create a safe and supportive environment for your baby's nine-month journey.
Improving Male Fertility - Proceive on Ireland AM
As important as zinc levels are to a woman’s fertility, it maybe even more vital when a man is trying for a baby.
We were delighted to be part of a panel discussing Male Fertility on Ireland AM. Watch the video and learn how nutrition, lifestyle, and supplements all play a part in boosting men's fertility.