Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Low vitamin D may be linked to fertility and miscarriage risk – especially after prior pregnancy loss

Women with sufficient levels of vitamin D may be more likely to become pregnant and have a live birth, compared to women with insufficient levels of the vitamin, say researchers.


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Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Drinking soda daily may harm your fertility

soda being poured

New research finds that sugary fizzy drinks could harm your chances of becoming pregnant.

Research has found that even drinking just one of these drinks per day is linked to reduced fertility, for both men and women.  Infertility can affect about 15% of couples and the cost to the NHS /couples can be high, as well as causing great stress.

Drinking sugary fizzy drinks, despite increasing the amount of sugar in the diet   is also tied to early menstruation (linked to poor health outcomes) and poor semen quality.

The recent study on sugary drinks and fertility showed that women who drank at least one soda per day demonstrated a 25 percent lower monthly probability of conception, while men who drank at least one soda per day had a 33 percent lower probability of successfully conceiving with their partner.

The researchers concluded that to maximize the chance of conception it would be best to cut back on sugary fizzy drinks and it will also be better for all-round health.

Intake of Sugar-sweetened Beverages and Fecundability in a North American Preconception Cohort.

Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Hahn KA, Michiel JJ, Mikkelsen EM, Sorensen HT, Rothman KJ, Wise LA.

Epidemiology. 2018 Jan 30. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000812. [Epub ahead of print]



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Friday, November 24th, 2017

Vitamin D may help fertility treatment outcome

Could vitamin D help women undergoing fertility treatment?

 By Tim Cutcliffe

Higher vitamin D levels are associated with better birth rates in women undergoing fertility treatment, according to a new review and meta-analysis appearing in Human Reproduction.


Published in ‘Human Nutrition,.  It was an observational study and called for further research.  however routine testing of vitamin D status of women undergoing fertility treatment may be warranted especially in the light of this study which found that only 26% of participants had what was deemed as adequate levels of vitamin D.


in vitro fertilization of an egg cell