Smoking affects fertility – in many different ways

You may have heard from many sources that you should quit smoking if you’re trying to conceive. Is there any scientific background behind this claim and how does tobacco affect fertility? Dozens of studies have been published exploring the effect of tobacco on sperm quality, male and female fertility. This amount of data allows us [...]

Fruit and vegetables high in pesticides can lower sperm quality

Two interesting studies have appeared last year, both examining the effect fruit and vegetables have on sperm quality. The first study was performed in the Massachusetts General Hospital between April 2007 and June 2012. This study examined how high intake of fruit and vegetables affects sperm quality. Over 150 men were questioned about how often [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]