Dental Care and Fertility


If you have been using ovulation induction therapy as part of your TTC plan for more than 3 months, it is important to check-in with your dentist according to a study from the Journal of Periodontology. In their study, they looked at 2 groups of women.  Both groups of women had similar plaque levels, what differed was whether or not they were receiving ovulation treatment.  What researchers found was that those who were receiving the treatment had higher levels of gingival inflammation and other periodontal disease. Researchers believe this happens because there is a higher level of progesterone and estrogen in women receiving ovulation therapy.  The estrogen then attacks the gingiva, which leads to infection. This is significant because related studies show a link between infection and infertility. They believe that the embryo does not develop successfully when there is infection in the body.  So….good dental care is important for healthy fertility! 

 

 

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