Are Cholesterol Levels Linked to Infertility?

It looks like there is another good reason to get healthy before TTC (trying to conceive)!

In a recent study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, the University at Buffalo and the Emory University, researchers found a link between high cholesterol levels and infertility.

Basically, the researchers followed a group of couples who were trying to get pregnant over a year’s time.  The only criteria for the couples were that they were of child bearing age and that they were not to use any infertility/fertility treatment during that time.

What they found was that the couples in which both the man and the woman had high cholesterol levels, took longer to get pregnant than those who had levels within a normal range.  

Doctor’s believe that their findings are not all that surprising because cholesterol is important in the production of the body’s sex hormones; such as testosterone and estrogen.  If the cholesterol levels are not balanced, the hormones are out of whack as well!

So if you are thinking of trying to conceive in the near future, you may want to ask your doctor to do a blood test to check your cholesterol levels.  It could help speed up that BFP (big fat positive)!


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