The Value of Serum Anti-Mullerian Hormone in Predicting Clinical Pregnancy After Intrauterine Insemination American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting October 18-22, 2014 Should we persist with ovulation induction and insemination in women with male factor infertility? Two good embryos are too good: Can a simplified embryo scoring system yield fewer twins?
Dark Leafy Vegetables By Bradley Trivax, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Iron, Folic acid, B6, Vitamin E. Dark leafy vegetables are packed with minerals, antioxidants and vitamins essential to healthy fertility. Examples of dark leafy green vegetables are spinach, Swiss chard, kale, and collards. A tip for getting a ton of veggies and green leafy veggies into your diet is to juice. By juicing you are able to get an abundant amount of vegetables (more than you could eat) in an easy, fast, and tasty form.
CoQ10 By Bradley Trivax, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Necessary for every cell in the body for energy production, CoQ10 has also been shown in studies to increase ova (egg) and sperm health. It is necessary for sperm motility in semen. It is also an important antioxidant that helps to protect cells from free radical damage, which protects DNA. Food sources: Found in seafood and organ meats, though it is very difficult to obtain through the diet. CoQ10 supplementation is the best way to obtain CoQ10. Just remember to stop CoQ10 once you are pregnant.
Vitamin D and Fertility Hormones By Bradley Trivax, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Vitamin D is needed to help the body create sex hormones which in turn affects ovulation and hormonal balance. Yale University School of Medicine conducted a study of 67 infertile women, where it was discovered that a mere 7% had normal Vitamin D levels. Food sources: Eggs, fatty fish, dairy, and cod liver oil. You can also get vitamin D from sitting out in the sun for 15 to 20 minutes per day. But absorption is impacted by the darkness of your skin.
Beans and Follicle Quality for Fertility By Bradley Trivax, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Beans are an essential food for developing good follicle quality for fertility. Beans are high in fiber, low in fat, a good source of protein, and also rich in folate, iron, and many other vitamins and minerals. Researchers studied nearly 19,000 female nurses and found that infertility was 39 percent more likely in women with the highest intake of animal protein. But women who ate a lot of plant protein were substantially less likely to have trouble trying to conceive. Eat one serving each day of beans, legumes, lentils, or nuts for fertility enhancing plant-based protein. If you aren’t sure how to cook them just add any kind of beans to your salads, chili and soups.
Berries and your Reproductive System By Bradley Trivax, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Blueberries and raspberries, in particular, are packed with antioxidants, which help prevent damage and aging to your body’s cells — and this includes cells in your reproductive system —specifically, your eggs. So a diet that’s rich in berries may help keep your eggs healthy and increase their “shelf life”.
Fertility-Boosting Benefits of Fatty Fish By Bradley Trivax, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and herring, have some big fertility-boosting benefits. They can help to regulate reproductive hormones, increase blood flow to reproductive organs, and relieve stress. Not a fan of fish? You can get omega-3 fatty acids from other fertility foods such as flaxseed, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and enriched eggs.
Complex Carbohydrates and Fertility By Bradley Trivax, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Eating complex carbohydrates (whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits) as opposed to refined carbohydrates (like white bread, white rice, or sugary snacks) may increase fertility. How? Digesting refined carbohydrates causes an increase in blood sugar and insulin in the body — and increased insulin levels can disrupt reproductive hormones and interfere with the menstrual cycle.
Why Does a Pregnant Woman Miscarry? By Richard Bronson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Approximately one in every seven pregnancies ends in miscarriage. The usual cause of sporadic pregnancy loss is due to an embryo possessing an abnormal number of chromosomes–either one too many or one too few. All of the cells of our body, except our eggs or sperm, possess 46 chromosomes (23 different pairs, one derived from the mother and one from the father).
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