HORMONE HAPPENINGS—Greene Guide’s News Recap

It’s time to review the latest findings in Reproductive Medicine. This month there are new insights into why more boys are born in the US than girls as well as a new strategy for women undergoing fertility treatment to reduce the risk of having a child with autism. As always, I have included links to … Continue reading HORMONE HAPPENINGS—Greene Guide’s News Recap

UPDATE ON EGG QUALITY AND FERTILITY; why it matters and what you can do about it

Most of today’s fertility treatment focuses on boosting the number of eggs available for fertilization. But in reality, only about 5% of the eggs produced [G1] are even able to become healthy embryos, implant and then result in the birth of a child. I think that it is also important that we explain to women all … Continue reading UPDATE ON EGG QUALITY AND FERTILITY; why it matters and what you can do about it

Herbal Medicine and Supplement Use during Pregnancy: a cautionary note

Many women underestimate the potential negative impact of over-the-counter products. Herbal medicines are any plant derived product taken as a preventative or curative treatment. Dietary supplements are defined as products taken by mouth including vitamins, minerals and herbal or botanical products. Currently, the supplement industry is valued at over $133 Billion per year with a … Continue reading Herbal Medicine and Supplement Use during Pregnancy: a cautionary note

Is organic worth it?

How important is eating #organic when you are trying to be healthy and TTC? Is buying organic worth it?   Organic food refers to food produced with limited pesticides, fertilizers, and additives. Organic foods tend to be higher in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant content compared to conventionally grown food. Conventionally produced food is associated with … Continue reading Is organic worth it?

Supplement that may optimize egg quality in women with diminished ovarian reserve (or PCOS)

Many of the supplements that we recommend for our patients to use are based upon theory or observational studies. That’s why when we have additional research to support a recommendation; it creates even more excitement and promise. That’s how we currently feel about inositol. Inositol is a naturally occurring vitamin-like chemical that is common in … Continue reading Supplement that may optimize egg quality in women with diminished ovarian reserve (or PCOS)

Is going low carb dangerous?

At the initial patient visit, I try to learn about any special dietary restrictions my patients may have. A common diet is going “low carb” in an effort to lose weight. Emerging research, however, suggests that this could be dangerous when trying to conceive. Folic acid is a vitamin that reduces the risk of having … Continue reading Is going low carb dangerous?

Iodine deficiency may reduce pregnancy chances

A common question asked in a new fertility evaluation is: “Which prenatal vitamin is best?” We have previously tried to provide some guidance in choosing the best vitamin.  The ingredient list in your prenatal vitamin needs to be considered. In particular, iodine is an often-overlooked but extremely important component that should be considered in a … Continue reading Iodine deficiency may reduce pregnancy chances

Organic Food and your Fertility

Has anyone else noticed that just about everything is available now as “organic?!” Should we buy organic everything? I mean, Oreo’s?! How is that even an option? Is buying organic worth it? Organic food refers to food produced with limited pesticides, fertilizers, and additives. Organic foods tend to be higher in vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidant … Continue reading Organic Food and your Fertility

Could unexplained infertility be explained by your diet?

Unexplained infertility is a frustrating diagnosis and 15% of couples are affected by unexplained infertility. It means that despite undergoing all the costly evaluations, we don’t know why you are having trouble getting pregnant. Many cases of unexplained infertility are probably caused by the presence of multiple subtle factors, each of which on their own … Continue reading Could unexplained infertility be explained by your diet?

Dads- pay attention too!

In my fertility clinic, much of the discussion about pre-conception counseling, or what should be done to prepare for a healthy pregnancy, focuses on the female. We discuss a woman’s diet, vitamins, immunization status, supplements, exercise habits and more. New research is suggesting that dad needs to be involved in this health optimization before starting … Continue reading Dads- pay attention too!