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Monday, September 27, 2010

High Fat vs. Low Fat Dairy and Fertility

Trying To Get Pregnant, High Fat Dairy

I have written before about the dairy debate and fertility.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Some sources say to avoid dairy - other sources say to consume high fat vs. low fat dairy. If you're wondering where the high fat dairy recommendation came from, this article explains the study and its limitations. Read more:

www.medpagetoday

From the article:

Among other explanations, Dr.Chavarro's team suggested that a fat-soluble substance present in dairy products might explain the benefit in high-fat foods. Whole-milk and other high-fat dairy products have higher estrogen concentrations, which decrease circulating IGF-I levels, they said. Alternatively, increased insulin sensitivity among high-fat dairy consumers may have improved ovulatory function.

A limitation of the study, the researchers wrote, is that it did not include a cohort of women known to be planning a pregnancy. Cases were clearly trying to conceive, whereas some pregnancy non-cases may have conceived accidentally. Another limitation was the failure to collect information on exposures of the participants' partners, such as smoking, that might have influenced female fertility.

Given the scarcity of studies in this area, it is important that these findings be confirmed or refuted, the researchers said. It is also important to investigate whether dairy foods have an impact on fertility beyond their association with anovulatory infertility, they added.

In the meantime, Dr. Chavarro advised women wanting to conceive to consider changing low-fat dairy foods for high-fat foods, for instance by swapping skimmed milk for whole milk and eating ice cream. However, he said, they should maintain normal calorie intake and limit their consumption of saturated fats. Once they have become pregnant, they should switch back to consuming low-fat dairy food

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Men's Fertility Related to Dental Hygiene

Your Teeth And Gums May Affect Fertility Over 40

It just goes to show you, all your body parts are related in some way or another.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here's an article about an unlikely association between dental hygiene and men's fertility:

Can Clean Teeth Improve Male Fertility? (parenting.ivillage.com)

From the article:

Subfertile men have reduced reproductive capacity. Subfertility can be caused by many factors including a bacterial infection in the male reproductive system. Directed antibiotic therapy alone may not offer a permanent cure. This is because oral bacteria may reinfect the reproductive system when they are intermittently released into the blood stream during gingival bleeding. Indeed, the bacteria present in the semen (called bacteriospermia) or ejaculate of infected patients are often identical to common intraoral bacteria. Escherichia coli can reach the male reproductive organs via the circulatory system and reduce sperm motility (Linossier et al. 1982). Bieniek et al., (1993) found that the presence of bacteria in sperm was eliminated when dental cleanings and directed antibiotic therapy were both prescribed. Improvement in sperm motility, morphology and density has also been noted after subfertile males participated in regular dental cleanings (Ensslen et al. 1990).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Have A Baby: Eating Disorders Must Be Addressed

I'm fortunate that I never had an actual eating disorder, however, like many women, I did have an obsession with my weight. I finally figured out that if you eat a healthy diet, you naturally keep a normal weight without excessive exercise and without fixating on food. Here is an article on how getting pregnant doesn't mix with eating disorders:


Eating Disorders and Reproduction:
A Dangerous Combination
Natalie Greer


From the article:

Eating disorders have numerous emotional, psychological, and physical consequences; despite this, many affected individuals refuse to admit that they have a problem. One of the more serious problems associated with eating disorders that may convince a young woman to seek treatment, is the negative effect disordered eating can have on fertility, pregnancy, and child rearing in general. In multiple studies anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and eating disorders not otherwise specified, have been associated with infertility, low maternal weight gain, low birth weight in infants, increased neonatal morbidity, and problems in infant feeding (Stewart, 1992). Women who are afflicted with an eating disorder at conception tend to experience a worsening in their symptoms as well as other psychological problems. In order to avoid harming herself and her infant, women with eating disorders should seek psychological treatment before attempting to become pregnant.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Men's Fertility May Be Determined In The Womb

I'm always finding articles about the importance of the environment in the womb and how it relates to a child's future health. The article below talks about how male fertility may be affected as early as 8-12 weeks gestation. Read more:

Male fertility problems are determined in the womb, research from the University of Edinburgh suggests (www.bbc.co.uk)


From the article:

It was found that levels of male hormones, such as testosterone, in a critical "window" at 8-12 weeks determine future reproductive health.

The results are published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Problems with reproductive development such as the testes not descending properly into the scrotum (cryptorchidism) or the urinary tract opening in the wrong place on the penis (hypospadias) are fairly common in young boys.

Other disorders, such as low sperm counts and testicular cancer, are thought to be part of the same pathway.

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