If you have PCOS and you are struggling with insulin sensitivity you may like to know more about N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). The antioxidant N-acetyl cysteine is produced within our bodies naturally but it is also available as a nutritional supplement, and multiple studies have demonstrated NAC’s positive effects upon multiple aspects of PCOS. You can read the full article here
If you are overweight - or have been diagnosed with obesity - taking a little time to lose weight before undergoing IVF could make a big difference to the chances of success. Women may be far more likely to have a baby if they lose a little weight before IVF. You can read the full article here
Although you may think of nuts as being calorie dense foods, simply eating nuts has been proven to have multiple benefits for women who are diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Studies have concluded that simply eating nuts regularly - especially walnuts and almonds - can have measurably positive effects:
“Nut intake exerted beneficial effects on plasma lipids and androgens in PCOS.”
Reference: Eur J Clin Nutr. 2011 Mar;65(3):386-93. Differential effects of walnuts vs almonds on improving metabolic and endocrine parameters in PCOS. Kalgaonkar S1, Almario RU, Gurusinghe D, Garamendi EM, Buchan W, Kim K, Karakas SE.
I often talk with patients about endometrial scratch biopsy. It's a relatively simple and quick procedure which makes a few scratches inside the uterus, and it turns out that these small injuries can actually increase fertility in many women.
A 2016 study examined how endometrial scratching might improve the success of IUI (with Clomid) in a group of one hundred and fifty four women. Over three cycles, the pregnancy rate in women who received the procedure was 39% compared to just 18.2% in women who did not undergo endometrial scratching. Consequently, the researchers drew the following conclusion.
“The ESI (endometrial scratch injury) significantly improves the outcome of IUI in women with unexplained infertility especially when conducted 1 month prior to IUI."
Most studies to date on this procedure have focused on women undergoing IVF, it's exciting to see how women conceiving with IUI may benefit similarly.
Have you ever wondered whether dairy foods may be helpful or harmful if you're trying to conceive with IVF? An interesting study on over two hundred women undergoing IVF determined that consuming three or more servings of dairy foods daily before IVF may actually be helpful.
Women consuming three or more servings of dairy foods daily had greater live birth rates compared to women who consumed less, and this helpful effect was especially pronounced in women over 35 years of age. The researchers came to the following conclusion:
"Dairy intake does not appear to harm IVF outcomes and, if anything, is associated with higher chances of live birth"
Hum Reprod. 2016 Mar;31(3):563-71. Dairy intake in relation to in vitro fertilization outcomes among women from a fertility clinic.Afeiche MC1, Chiu YH2, Gaskins AJ2, Williams PL3, Souter I4, Wright DL4, Hauser R5, Chavarro JE6.