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Fertility research update

From helping weak sperm to new caffeine research, we round up the latest fertility news and developments

Posted: 3 February 2010
by Clio FitzHerbert

Fertility research update Encourage your partner to eat five-a-day
New research shows that your man’s diet could affect the health of his sperm. Researchers from Spain’s University of Murcia found that men who ate an unbalanced diet containing too much meat, full-fat dairy products and not enough antioxidants, had particularly weak sperm. The men on the study who ate a good diet, full of fruit and vegetables and therefore more vitamins, folic acid and fibre, had much healthier sperm.

Make love more
You might be tired of hearing it, but there’s more proof that daily sex can improve your chances of conceiving. A recent study into male infertility found that DNA damaged sperm fell by 26 percent when couples had sex every day.

Cut out caffeine and booze
You’re as likely to conceive by cutting out caffeine and alcohol, as you are by having fertility treatment, nutrition specialist Dr Emma Derbyshire recently claimed. According to her study 32% of couples struggling to conceive fell pregnant by cutting out stimulants, while 33% of those who had IVF became pregnant. When it comes to alcohol consumption the chances of falling pregnant dropped from 60% in women who consumed one to five alcoholic drinks a week, to 30% for women who had more than 10 drinks each week.

Find a healthy balance
Staying in shape and keeping fit have always been hot topics for would-be mums but the key is to find a balance. According to a new study extreme workouts could increase the risk of fertility problems three fold. But before you throw in the towel, rest assured that the affects were not permanent and the majority of women in the study eventually conceived.

New ovulation indicator goes on the market
The DuoFertility – a new thermometer device that alerts you when you’re ovulating – recently launched with a money back guarantee if couples didn’t conceive within a year. Fifty UK couples, who’d experienced problems conceiving, trialed the device. The result? Seven pregnancies.

Brush twice a day
Brushing teeth twice a day won’t just keep tooth decay at bay – it could boost your man’s sperm count. It may sound far-fetched but a recent study showed that over half the men tested with low sperm counts also showed signs of developed gum disease.

Lie still after insemination
If you’re trying to conceive through artificial insemination, make sure you put your feet up. A study found that 27% of women who lay down for just 15 minutes after being artificially inseminated went on to conceive, compared to 17% who got up and moved around straight after.

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