Explaining DNA fragmentation and why it impacts male fertility
What I wish I had known by Emily Phillips
Explaining DNA fragmentation and why it impacts male fertility
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?
Proceive® made our dreams come true!
Trying for a baby can be just that: trying. Which is why when I set out to write a book about that special moment in your life where it seems like the time might actually be pretty right to have a baby – not least because everyone else you know suddenly has one – there was no other name for it.
Low AMH - don't panic
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.
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.
Tasty Foods containing vitamins and minerals
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.
Women take preparing their body 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.
Fertility Tips from Dr. Phil Boyle
Research with Irish women has shown that we see losing weight, taking supplements, changing diet and cutting down on alcohol as important when trying for a baby:
• 53% of women feel losing weight will boost their chances of conception
• 38% of women are taking fertility enhancing prenatal vitamins
• 37% are exercising more
• 36% change their diet, with most adopting a low-sugar way of eating
Laura Dowling aka Fabulous Pharmacist gives her Top Fertility Tips
Dr. Phil Boyle from Neo Fertility gives his top Fertility Tips.
Laura Dowling aka Fabulous Pharmacist gives her Top Fertility Tips.
Proceive on Ireland AM - where to go for Fertility Advice
Secondary infertility is the inability to become pregnant or to carry a baby to term after previously giving birth to a baby. Secondary infertility shares many of the same causes of primary infertility. Secondary infertility can be surprising and stressful. There are no exact figures available for rates of Secondary Infertility but depending on who you speak to range from 30-60% of couples presenting to fertility clinics. The immune system is inextricably linked with fertility issues but more so with secondary infertility. Supporting the immune function should be prioritised during the pre-conception and conception period
To Coffee or not when trying for a baby?
Gaye Godkin, Consultant Nutritionist, along with Laura Dowling from Lloyds Pharmacy, discuss Proceive on Ireland AM and where to get the best advice on fertility, nutrition and preparing to conceive.
The Egg Story
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.
Protein for Conception
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.
Improving Male Fertility - Proceive on Ireland AM
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.
Beans and amino acids
We were delighted to be part of a panel discussing Male Fertility on Ireland AM. Learn how nutrition, lifestyle, and supplements all play a part in boosting men's fertility.
Fertility and the fry up
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.
Proceive on Ireland AM
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.
Pregnant Irish Mothers are nutritionally compromised
Gaye Godkin, Health Nutritionist, talks to Ireland AM about how nutrition and health impacts fertility. Watch the video to see Gaye explain how Proceive Preconception Fertility Supplements can help your body get the extra vitamins, amino acids and minerals that are often lacking in our diets and how these can assist your body when trying for a baby.
Selenium and Fertility
A recent study carried out at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, found many expectant mothers did not meet the national guidelines for nutrition in pregnancy. The study measured the intake of food and drink of women attending the hospital. Some of the statistics do not make for good reading.
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. Sperm testing is carried out in fertility clinics. These tests include diagnosing issues such as low sperm count, poor mobility, poor motility and damage to the DNA.