Can probiotics increase your fertility? Very likely.

Today, I would like to only quickly address one issue I wrote about a few years ago, but only now we start to see more articles addressing one important issue: Conception and our gut bacteria. A quick reminder to start with: Gut bacteria (often called gut microbiome) are not only very important for digestion, they are also many; around 2kg of bacteria we carry around in our gut. It is estimated that our guts have tens of trillions bacteria, with [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:39+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Tags: , |

Nutrition and adrenal health: Here’s what Nicole from Healthy Mom Handbook says about it

Most all expectant women want a healthy baby, unfortunately there isn’t enough information out there on how important mom’s adrenal health is prior to and during pregnancy. Lowered adrenal function and adrenal fatigue are ubiquitous today among men and women, especially pregnant women. If a mother is experiencing adrenal fatigue she will birth babies with weakened adrenals, which means they are born immunocompromised and more prone to infections. Adrenal dysfunction can cause preeclampsia, high blood pressure [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:39+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Tags: , , |

How to find a sperm or egg donor: Interview with Erika Tranfield from PrideAngel

During a recent Fertility Fair in Berlin I had a chance to speak to Erica Tranfield from the Pride Angel. PrideAngel is an unusual website, kind of a "dating service" which brings together egg donors, sperm donors and co-parents online. On the website, it is possible to get an onsite-mail, create a profile and search for thousands of members and communicate with them safely. Can you imagine something like that to exist in Germany? I certainly can't. Me: [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:39+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Gay parenthood in Germany: Interesting services at Oregon Reproductive Medicine

Recently, I had a chance to speak to Dr. Brandon Bankowsky from the Oregon Reproductive Medicine and one of the co-organizers of the Fertility Fair 2017 in Berlin. Given the bad press that this conference received in local newspapers (Germany is known for its strict Embryo Protection Act which doesn't allow many fertility treaments such as egg donation, surrogacy, also PGS is performed only under special circumstances), so I was duying to talk to him and hear about [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:39+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Tags: , |

Fertility treatments in Turkey (and why Turkish women believe that onions help while trying to conceive)

During a recent fertility conference in Berlin, I spoke to numerous fertility experts, but only at the Turkish booth did it feel like home to me. Or, more precisely, it felt like sitting in my own kitchen - a peaceful, comfortable world, untouched by the hectic surroundings. Would I like a coffee? No? Then have a chocolate. Sit down. Let's talk. Let's figure things out. This is how I started taking to Dr. Teksen Camlibel [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:39+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

So many men with low and weak sperm counts. Why?

Image credit: nenetus at FreeDigitalPhotos.net In the past months, I have had several occasions to talk with male fertility experts and I always use this opportunity to ask whether it's true that the sperm quality of men in Western countries is in decline? Do doctors notice any of that in their daily practice? I personally notice that many - maybe as many as 50% - of the women I work with say their partners [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:39+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Tags: , |

Why buying expensive CoQ10 makes sense and you should save money somewhere else

In 1978, British scientist Peter Mitchell received a Nobel Prize for his contribution to the understanding of biological energy transfer and his hypothesis about the role of CoQ10 in the transfer of energy in the mitochondria. While Peter Mitchell was not the first to discover CoQ10 (its original discovery is contributed to Frederick L. Crane), his studies revealed that CoQ10 is a naturally occurring nutrient and plays an essential role in the electron transport chain [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:39+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Tags: , |

What can cause a man to be infertile: Things about male fertility you need to know

While at the workshop at the Dexeus University Clinic in Barcelona, Spain, I had a chance to talk to the head of the Andrology Department, Dr. Alvaro Vives. I thought he would not find much time for my questions or show interest in my blog. Dexeus is a busy clinic and it's not just any andrology department that they have - it's where the first andrological services were offered in 1960s and where most sophisticated [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:39+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Tags: , , |