Let’s be Blunt: The lowdown on Pot and Fertility

Jan 31, 2017 | Fertility Care
Now that recreational marijuana use is legal in California some may see this as an opportunity to light up. It isn't against the law, right? It should be good for your health since it's legal, right? Marijuana is supposed to cure everything, right? Well, it's all smoke and mirrors when it comes to fertility. The truth about pot and fertility is that you should put the weed down for now. I know, your friends smoke pot  and they had no trouble getting pregnant. I hear this all the time. I'm not picking on you or singling you out but the truth is that it may hurt your fertility and here's how: 1. Men who smoke pot more than once a week may see a dramatic reduction of up to 29% in their sperm count compared to light smokers. 2. It could affect the viability and maturity of the egg. 3. Once the sperm and egg meet in the fallopian tube, embryo transport may be affected and the embryo may never end up landing in the uterus. 4. Once the embryo does land in the uterus, the ability of the embryo to implant ie stick and grow could also be compromised. Go to this...

IVF pregnancy rates decline with increased air pollution

May 13, 2010 | Fertility Care
In February, I wrote an article about how air pollution may increase your risk of miscarriage: https://draimee.org/high-amount-of-pollution-increase-in-miscarriage-risk/ I want you to know about a recent study which has shown that women exposed to air pollution have a significantly lower chance of pregnancy. You can see a nice summary of the study here: http://www.themedguru.com/20100513/newsfeature/air-pollution-linked-ivf-failure-study-86135116.html After reading the published study in Human Reproduction and the news coverage, this is what I think women and men  going through IVF should know: 1. The quality of air in the embryo lab makes a big difference. Ask the lab that you are using what they are doing to make sure that their air is of great quality. Make sure the lab you are going to is using a HEPA air filtration system. Ask about the quality assurance and controls that are used to make sure that the air quality during your cycle is ideal. (more…)

4 Common Myths about using Donor Eggs

Apr 25, 2010 | Fertility Care
Depending on your fertility challenges, you may be considering using donor eggs. I counsel many women about using donor eggs and here are 4 common myths: Myth #1: My risk of miscarriage is high even if I use donor eggs. This isn't true. Your risk of miscarriage is related to the age of the donor egg. Myth #2: If my eggs are "old" this means my uterus is "old" too. I can't carry a pregnancy since my eggs are "old." This isn't true. Your ability to carry a pregnancy using donor eggs is related to your health and the health of your uterus. (more…)

Aluminum Cans and Your Fertility

A recent Danish study published in American Journal of Epidemiology showed that men who drank more soda (equivalent to 4 sodas per day) had a lower sperm count than men who didn’t drink as much soda  - and when they compared caffeine intake – the difference didn’t seem to be related to caffeine. This totally makes sense – the guys who were drinking more sodas also ate more fast foods and ate less fruits and vegetables.  Of course their sperm counts are going to be lower – right? But what if it’s actually something linked to the aluminum cans? (more…)

Caffeine – How Much is Too Much?

Patients are always asking me, "How much coffee can I drink while trying to conceive?"  There have been studies showing a link between caffeine and miscarriage and studies that show no link. Wouldn’t you think that women in these studies recorded how much caffeine they consumed daily followed by an analysis of their pregnancy outcome? None of these studies were done that way. They were all done by recall. This means women were asked to remember how much coffee they drank when they were pregnant. Researchers then came to some conclusion about what it all means. Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health recently published their findings which showed no link (more…)