Coffee and IVF Treatment

The Results of a new study from Denmark looking at coffee consumption on 3959 women having IVF or ICSI as fertility treatment in a large public IVF clinic were quite astonishing.

IVF treatment coffee study

The study showed women who drink five or more cups of coffee a day severely reduce their chance of success from IVF treatment. The investigators described the adverse impact as “comparable to the detrimental effect of smoking”.

The study was presented at the annual meeting of ESHRE July 2012, by Dr Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel from the Fertility Clinic of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. Results showed that the consumption of five or more cups of coffee a day reduced the clinical pregnancy rate by 50% and the live birth rate by 40%.

The good news out of this study… is that no harmful effects of coffee consumption were found at lower levels of intake. Meaning you can still have a couple of cups of coffee a day and not be concerned you are doing any harm to fertility and/ or pregnancy.

IVF Numbers 2012

The world’s number of IVF and ICSI babies has now reached a calculated total of 5 million

July 2012: At the 28th annual meeting of ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) in Istanbul Turkey, figures were presented showing… the number of babies born as a result of assisted reproduction technologies (ART), had reached an estimated total of 5 million (since the world’s first IVF baby…. Louise Brown, was born in July 1978).

Quote from Dr Anna Veiga, Chairman of ESHRE and Scientific Director, Dexeus University Institute, Barcelona

“Five million babies are a clear demonstration that IVF and ICSI are now an essential part of normalised and standardised clinical therapies for the treatment of infertile couples. Many aspects have changed since the early days of IVF, especially the results in terms of babies born, but there is still room for improvement. Our objective is the birth of single healthy baby and this can be achieved though the optimisation of both clinical and embryological performance.”

Improving Your Sperm! New Dietary Evidence on Sperm

A new study looking at fat intake in men found that men who consume large quantities of dietary fat have significantly lower sperm production and concentration when compared to those who have a lower fat intake.

  • Animal studies had already indicated that dietary fat may influence male fertility
  • This new research found sperm concentration was 40% lower in these men with a high fat diet.
  • Factors such as smoking, heavy marijuana use, alcohol, cocaine will also affect male fertility.
  • While increasing your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids is associated with better sperm shape

Hey guys, changing your diet may make all the difference!