Your Blood Type A Clue To Your Fertility?
A recent study examined the blood types of women in their 30s seeking fertility treatment and found that women with Type O blood were more likely to be less fertile than other women in their age bracket.
The study measured a particular hormone (FSH-follicular stimulating hormone) level which points to ovarian reserve. When a patient has a higher FSH level, it means generally the quality (or quantity) of eggs is low.
In this study it was found that women with Type O blood were twice as likely to have a higher FSH level than women with A & AB blood types.
If you are Blood Type O and struggling to get pregnant, it may be a good idea to get your FSH level tested and see a fertility specialist sooner than you might think.
Vitamin D Deficiency Can Affect Your Fertility
Did you know that two out of every 5 Americans are Vitamin-D deficient? Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body and a deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to osteoporosis, bone disease and recently to cancer & heart disease.
Recently, Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to play a significant role in infertility as well. In fact, the study showed that low levels can reduce fertility by as much as 75%. Even using IVF, pregnancy rates are increased by up to 4x if patients have an optimal level of Vitamin D.
For men optimal levels of Vitamin D also appear to improve sperm production and quality.
It is now fairly standard for our San Diego fertility practice to check a patient’s Vitamin D levels at the beginning of treatment.
SOME Antioxidants Can Hurt Your Chances To Conceive
Antioxidants have become ubiquitous and are now recommended for just about everything. The general thinking was that you couldn’t get enough.
That’s not necessarily true.
Research indicates antioxidants are very helpful for males to improve fertility, but the research on antioxidants in females has been inconsistent.
Recent studies showed that overdoing antioxidants may actually inhibit a woman’s ovulation.