Fertility News and Research Update
InfertilityBlues.com e-Publication March 2005

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Fertility & Nutrition

Fertility News

Fertility Research

Inhale Yoga

Mind/Body Resources

Acupuncture Enhances Fertility

Mind Body Store


Fertility & Nutrition

By Maria Biasucci-Vianna

Some cases of infertility are related to nutritional intake and can be corrected. Being fertile may be a matter achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. Being overweight or obese can result in irregular or infrequent menstrual cycles, increased risk of miscarriage and decreased success with fertility treatments. Being too thin can also lead to problems with ovulation. The ovaries and body fat cells produce estrogen which is needed to regulate ovulation. If you are too thin, your body may not be producing enough estrogen and if you are overweight or obese you may be producing too much estrogen. Therefore, by not maintaining a healthy weight, you are throwing your reproductive cycle out of balance.

One way to assess your body weight is to determine your body mass index. Body mass index (BMI) is calculated by weight (in kilograms) divided by height squared (in meters). A BMI of less than 19 indicates that you are underweight. A BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight and obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 and above.

The balance of micronutrients in your diet and your partner's diet can also affect fertility. Deficiencies in vitamin B6 and E can affect fertility by affecting hormonal balances. Vitamin B6 can be found in protein rich foods, such as eggs, beef, and chicken, milk products and dark green vegetables, such as, spinach, broccoli and greens. Vitamin E can be found in nuts, egg yolks and whole grains. Mega doses of vitamin C can reduce fertility. The mineral zinc may help with sperm production and motility. Zinc can be found in oysters, milk, meat and egg yolks.

The main goal is to eat a variety of foods to help achieve a balanced body weight as well as a balanced vitamin and mineral intake. This goal can be met by following the USDA Food Guide Pyramid. This guide is a graphic representation of how we should eat on a daily basis. The Food Guide Pyramid allows all foods including complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, eggs, beef, nuts, dairy products, as well as fats, oils and sweets. All foods should be consumed in moderation according to portion sizes. You can find a copy of the pyramid on www.eatright.org.

Maria Biasucci-Vianna, MS is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She provides nutritional education to those who attend the Behavioral Management Infertility Program.


This newsletter is designed to provide you with the latest fertility news and research so that you can make the most informed decisions. We carefully select items that are of special interest for those dealing with infertility issues and who want to know more about Mind Body techniques. It is sincerely hoped that this letter will be of great use to you.

  • Fertility News
  • Secondary infertility becomes more common (2/22/05, News-Leader.com)

    Millions of Americans Struggle to Conceive (2/18/05, NPR News-KPBS SAN DIEGO)

    Celebrity Baby Clinic (2/17/05, Mirror.co.uk)

    Acupuncture For Infertility (2/14/05, ThePittsburghChannel- 4 Action News)

    Uncovering The Black Market of Fertility Drugs (2/13/05, WBNS-10TV)

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  • Fertility Research
  • Pregnancy outcome after IVF and ICSI in unexplained, endometriosis-associated and tubal factor infertility (Human Reproduction, Vol. 20, Iss. 3, Pages: 722-727, 2005)

    Diabetes drugs improve fertility in women with PCOS and normal insulin sensitivity (Contemporary OB/GYN, February 2005)

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  • Inhale Yoga
  • In yoga, we focus on integrating the breath with movement and poses. The breath work is critical to a good yoga practice. Learn to use your breath to guide you in and out of poses. Without the breathwork, we are merely doing gymnastics or acrobatics. Your inhalations and exhalations should flow through your body like an ocean wave. When you inhale, you expand your belly, chest and shoulders and when you exhale, you bring it all in. In fact, in yoga, we call it ocean breathing or ujuyi breath. Our breathing is a wonderful, restorative tool we can use to help us during the stressful times of infertility --not only on the yoga mat but off as well. The bottom line is this: when practicing yoga, focus on expanding your breathing and integrating it with your movement. And remember, by embracing yoga as a part of a treatment for infertility, you are indeed increasing your chances for not only pregnancy but also for a healthier, happier, & more peaceful life.

    Monica Morell, PhD, www.fertilityoga. com

    Monica has an excellent yoga video...
  • Mind/Body Resources
  • InfertilityBlues.com is quickly becoming a National Online Resource for Mind/Body infertility information.

  • Acupuncture Enhances Fertility
  • Acupuncture is a central pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a system that has been practiced continuously for five thousand years. The benefits of acupuncture for infertility can be found in early Chinese medical texts dating back to the 11AD. TCM addresses the whole human-being (mind/body), not only the part which is considered to be the "problem". It looks at each person as an individual and uncovers the pattern of disharmony which lies beneath each symptom or disease.

    Advantages of using acupuncture in conjunction with Western treatment of infertility are:

    • Minimizing undesired side effects (e.g.: nausea, headaches, backaches, mood swings)
    • Strengthening of the body's overall health to increase the efficacy of IVF, GIFT, and other procedures
    • Reducing feelings of anxiety, depression and stress
    A recent clinical trial published in Fertility and Sterility (2002) demonstrated an improved pregnancy outcome by inclusion of two acupuncture treatments in the protocol for embryo transfer. Acupuncture is thought to beneficially engage the autonomic nervous system, increase the blood flow within the uterus, favorably affect smooth muscle tone and fluid secretion and thereby enhance receptivity to blastocyst implantation. Many have begun to use acupuncture as a low-risk, fertility enhancing alternative.

    Heike Schulte, MA, MS, L.Ac. Board certified licensed acupuncturist, Full Circle Family Care, LLC

  • Mind Body Store
  • After receiving many requests over the past few years to recommend Mind Body books, relaxation tapes, and videos, we decided to put together our Mind Body Store.

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