Impact of physical labour, meds and hypertension on fertility

More and more researchers are directing their attention towards exploring different factors that may be affecting both male and female fertility. One area that hasn’t been investigated until recently is a relationship between strenuous work, with health and semen parameters in men who are trying to conceive. One such study was published a few days ago on the Fertility and Sterility website. The study was done at the National Institute of Health and at Stanford University in California. The scientists followed 456 men with the average age of 31.8 years, where more than half of the participants didn't have children [...]

By | March 13th, 2015|

Obesity may be affecting your TTC efforts

In the past few decades, male obesity has nearly tripled. This data is correlated with an increase in male infertility – and may be the very cause of it. There is more and more evidence appearing suggesting that obesity has a negative impact on male reproductive potential. Not only does excess weight influencessperm parameters, but it can also cause a decrease in libido and erectile dysfunction, making the process of trying to conceive much more difficult. Several studies have shown that if a male partner is obese and a female has a normal BMI (body mass index); or if both [...]

By | March 9th, 2015|

Caffeine – how much is too much?

As a society, we are almost addicted to caffeine. We drink it in the morning expecting it to help wake us up, in the afternoon to boost our energy levels, on the way home from work or after a workout. It lurks from our lattes, teacups and energy drinks. That is why it is so easy to start drinking too much caffeine without being aware of it. A study done in Portugal shows that a cup of coffee a day shouldn’t affect male fertility seriously, but greater amounts of caffeine may do so. This study found that heavy consumers of [...]

By | March 6th, 2015|

Classic lubricants reduce your chance to conceive

Lubrication is a very important part of sexual intercourse. It allows easier penetration without uncomfortable friction or irritation. Even though the vagina has natural mechanisms for lubrication, the majority of women need some help, whether it is because you’re in menopause, you’re breastfeeding or simply by being in a dry period of your menstrual cycle. Problems arise when you’re not only having sex for fun, but also when you’re trying to conceive. The environment in the vagina is acidic and these secretions normally kill sperm. This is why the cervical mucus is being produced just before ovulation. This mucus is [...]

By | March 2nd, 2015|

Are phytoestrogens really affecting male fertility?

Phytoestrogens are substances found in plants that serve as a line of defense and they have a role in cell-to-cell communication. Phytoestrogens can be found in soybeans, flax seeds, sesame seeds, oats, barley, etc. These compounds gained attention in the public arena due to their ability to imitate the effect of oestrogen once ingested by humans. Studies show a connection between phytoestrogens and female fertility, proving that these substances have a significant negative impact on female reproductive health. But what effect, if any, do they have on male reproduction? The first insights into the effects of phytoestrogens on fertility showed up in [...]

By | February 27th, 2015|

The role of antioxidants in male fertility

Over the last decade, antioxidants have been gaining more and more popularity. Most nutritional guides are advising us to increase the intake of antioxidants in order to protect our body from external pollutants, radiation, to slow down aging and prevent skin cancer caused by UV rays. We all know antioxidants have an important role in a balanced nutrition, but what part do they play when it comes to male fertility? What are antioxidants? First and foremost, we need to understand what these substances are, how they interact with our body and what kind of effect can we expect from them. [...]

By | February 25th, 2015|