As the New Year rolls in, our helpful care team at Laurel Fertility Care compiled a list of new fertility tips and advancements for 2011. “We often see a more patients come into our office once the New Year starts,” commented a Laurel Fertility Care team member, “it’s a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.” To help these new patients, below are some tips to help all hopeful parents grow their dreams of parenthood:
- Keep it light. According to an Israeli researcher, 36.4 percent of IVF patients who saw a clown became pregnant versus 20.2 percent of other IVF patients who did not. Though the study is small, the research supports the notion of laughter reducing stress – another trigger for infertility. So let lose – whether it’s going to the circus or popping in a romantic comedy to get in the mood.
- Fellas, turn down the heat. No, not the heat in your relationships but the heat down there. According to research the higher the body temperature, the lower motility of sperm. Between activities like biking or placing hot objects on your manly area, watch the temps.
- Limit exposure to pesticides and phthalates – specifically substances used to make plastics more flexible. A study by published by Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that women who were exposed to these chemicals were twice as likely to take six months or longer to conceive. Whether your workplace or home, take an inventory of how many pesticide and phthalates are present.
- Track your ovulation. There are new tools to make tracking your ovulation easy and convenient. iCycleBeads, a new iPhone app tracks your ovulation from the convenience from you phone. However, ovulation predictor kits are still highly recommended by fertility specialists.
- Know your IVF success rate. If you’re specifically considering IVF, try taking the IVFPredict test. Developed by researchers from the UK, this test uses data from 144,000 cycles and is one of the most accurate IVF tests available.
- Take antioxidants but ladies beware. A study by Prof. Nava Dekel of the Biological Regulation Department showed that couples who were trying to conceive naturally were more successful when the male partner took antioxidants. However, another study involving female mice showed that the intake of antioxidants led to decreased ovulation levels.