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Titbits about Caffeine & Heat, with Men’s Fertility

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well, and coping with whatever stage of your journey you are at!   I know some of you are in waiting to find out if you have embryos for transfer – hang in there!

I was listening to a show this morning where a male fertility specialist was talking about a couple of things that I thought were interesting.

In fact when men or their partners, feel that the men should cut down on their caffeine intake to impregnate their partners or through IVF,  they couldn’t be more wrong!  Caffeine is a stimulant, and therefore has an effect on the sperm’s motility – that is..how fast they swim!  I have heard that some specialists will even add caffeine powder to the sperm before fertilisation in a lab for this reason.  Interesting hey!?  Now that doesn’t necessarily mean men should become coffee addicts!  Everything in moderation.

Also it takes about 3 months for the sperm to be ready to be ejaculated.  The male (as does the female) has an influence on the quality of his sperm.  Heat is not a good idea and can definitely can effect the quality of the sperm.  So no hot baths, jacuzzis or steam rooms or saunas in the 3 month lead up to conception!

Abstaining before ovulation for 3 days is also recommended, so that there will be enough mature sperm available to take the necessary action of reaching the egg, and being able to fertilise it.

Well there are some titbits for you!

So besides my radio show on fertility which focuses on life balance and information for the fertility journey – Dawn Davenport has a show which often gives great information from various experts too.  Check her out on Blog Talk Radio.

making your journey easier and more joyful!

Coach Louise Crooks

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Connection between Ergotamine and Infertility?

Hi all,

I was wondering if there was a link between Ergotamine and Infertility.  I have for the longest time been a migraineur – with occular migraines/cluster headaches.  For about 15 years I took a drug called Migral, which you can get in the UK and in South Africa, which contains a herb called Ergot, which basically helps to constrict the blood vessels which are pumping blood into the head causing the aura and beginning of pain.  I took it for a long time.  I know there are serious repercussions if you overdose – restriction of the blood to the extremities – gangrene etc, but I have always been very careful to stick within the limits.  I have read a couple of articles on how ergot was used with bulls, and how it effected their fertility! What is it doing to us humans….?   Did you know that it is used to ‘let down’ the uterus after birth in some circumstances?  Don’t get me wrong, this drug has helped me tremendously over the years, and has its uses!

Well, I am just wondering because it doesn’t seem like there is much info on this. If anyone has any comment on this, and might be able to enlighten us, please respond to this post!

openly yours,

Coach Louise Crooks

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