Doing IVF? Avoid artificial sweeteners

For decades, infertility patients have been told to avoid caffeine consumption when trying to conceive and during fertility treatments. As we have previously reviewed, moderate caffeine consumption is ok, and could even help! New data is showing us that what you put in your coffee, could be more dangerous than the caffeine itself

We have previously discussed this topic: You are what you drink.ย This study looked at couples doing IVF and found that women who drank beverages with artificial sweeteners had lower pregnancy rates than women who did not consume these beverages. Similarly, any type of soft drink consumption (regular vs diet) was associated with worse outcomes: poor embryo development in the lab and lower pregnancy rates.

If you are doing IVF, avoid using artificial sweeteners or consuming soft drinks in order to optimize your chances of success.

Take home points:

  • Men and women should avoid sugary drinks when trying to conceive, but particularly if they are using IVF
  • Using artificial sweeteners is not necessarily a safe alternative to sugary drinks
  • If you canโ€™t completely eliminate sugary drinks, consider limiting your intake to <1 beverage a day.

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10. Choose seafood wisely

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10. Choose seafood wisely

C5BD835E-D42F-4DA3-A294-18552BDF7B58.jpegSeafood is incredibly confusing. On the plus side, seafood has healthy omega 3 fatty acids. But then we learn about mercurcy contamination and things get complex. OBGYNs recommendย seafood consumption based on a study that showed that expecting moms who regularly consumed seafood had smarter babies. Fish and shellfish are low in fat, high in protein and good sources of iodine, vitamin D and selenium, often deficient in the Western diet.

But decades of industrial activity have released mercury and other pollutants into oceans and waterways; those contaminants end up in seafood. ย My recommendation is that if you eat fish, consume one to two 4 ounce servings a week of one of EWGโ€™s best bets like wild salmon.

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9. Know what’s in your makeup

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9. Know whatโ€™s in your makeup.

2F2D34A0-F992-491E-B22D-CEDF792B5F95One of my research projects showed that women exposed to a handful of common chemicals classified as EDCs (endocrine disrupting chemicals) go through menopause earlier than women who have less exposure. It gained a lot of media attention because several of the toxic chemicals I found in my study are common in makeup products. Think about it: we put makeup on our skin, makeup has chemicals, and then our skin absorbs the chemicals in makeup.ย  Even though you may be far from menopause, I think it is still important for you to consider how chemicals that youโ€™re exposed to can be impacting your health. Women who go through menopause early are likely to have a shorter fertility window, meaning that they may use up their eggs at a faster rate than someone else their age. In the fertility world, this can translate to women who respond less to medications or are less successful with their use of assisted reproductive technology compared to others their age.

Use personal care products made without toxic chemicals. Avoid anything that contains phthalates, parabens, fragrances, or triclosan. Use the Skin Deep EWG and Safe Cosmetics for a list of responsible companies.

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8. Avoid tobacco smoke

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4AFA33FC-C5C8-4ECE-B933-8CA9D801C60B8. Avoid tobacco smoke.

Quit smoking. There are over 4000 chemicals in cigarettes; 40+ of them are known to cause cancer. There are hundreds of reasons to quit smoking but fertility is one of them. Did you know that smokers go through menopause 1.5 years earlier than non-smokers? So quit smoking. Avoid 2nd hand smoke. I also recommend avoiding e-cigarettes altogether because of limited safety data.

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7. Avoid lead

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7. Avoid lead.

2A258F14-180D-4349-B7CC-E01FF7721F20Did you know that lipstick used to contain lead, because it made the product taste sweeter?! We now know that lead poisoning is associated with intellectual disability, behavioral problems, seizures, and even death may occur. Avoid lead at home by using lead-free materials for home products when updating your home. Talk to an expert if you suspect your older home has lead-containing products like paint. Make sure your lipstick is safe by looking into approved brands through “Safe Cosmetics.”

Picture is me preparing for surgeries this morning. Also, Iโ€™m realizing that all my lead free lipsticks are the same shade of pink. Can you tell itโ€™s my favorite color?! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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6. Take your shoes off

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6. Take your shoes off when you get home. It’s another cheap, easy way to minimize how many chemicals you are exposed to at home.

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