Infertility update

Good news on infertility

extra feature 2Candis health editor, Gill Cox shares the latest health update…

Cinnamon could help naturally treat Polycystic Ovary Disease, a common cause of fertility problems. The spice is already known to help reduce insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes, and PCOS can have similar traits as well as menstrual irregularities that can inhibit conception. A small scale study at Columbia University Medical Center gave 11 PCOS patients 1,500mg cinnamon supplements daily for six months. The remaining five were given placebo pills. In the cinnamon group two became pregnant, and the rest had an average of four menstrual periods in the six months compared to an average 2.2 periods in the placebo group.

Meanwhile dietitians at America’s Loyola University Health System are recommending a Mediterranean-style diet for those looking to conceive, saying this helps the necessary hormone. They recommend: reduced intake of trans and saturated fats while increasing monounsaturated fats such as avocados and olive oil; lower intake of animal protein and more vegetable protein; increasing fibre by consuming whole grains, vegetables and fruit; increasing vegetarian sources of iron (legumes, tofu, nuts, seeds, whole grains); and having high-fat dairy instead of low-fat.

Good vibrations for IVF – and pain relief

Playing music in incubators holding both eggs and sperm in dishes increased IVF success rates by 5%. In a study at Barcelona’s Institut Marques fertility clinic they played tracks around the clock, including Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”, Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Maddona’s “Like a prayer” along with Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi and believe the marginally increased success rate is due to vibrations easing the passage of nutrients into the egg. In a woman conceiving naturally, a fertilised egg is rocked as it travels down the Fallopian tube.

Music is also great pain relief found a study by LloydsPharmacy of over 1,500 people living with chronic pain. It’s the relaxing effect of music that relieves pain and of those surveyed their top five recommendations were “Bridge over troubled water” by Simon and Garfunkel, “Angels” by Robbie Williams, “Albatross” by Fleetwood Mac, “Candle in the wind” by Elton John and “Easy” by The Commodores.

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