Drowning in TTC Tips? Separate Fertility Fact From Fiction

Everyday lubricants kill sperm, as do oils and many homemade remedies. Studies suggest that oils like baby oil and canola oil damage sperm by making them only half as able to support normal embryo motility in animal model studies. Plus, these oils have no quality control for safety in reproductive use.

Health & Lifestyle

Can you separate fact from fiction when it comes to health & lifestyle impacts on fertility and TTC?
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Being very under or overweight harms fertility in both men and women. FACT

Losing even just 5% of your weight can improve your fertility. You CAN do that! Remember that moderation is key– even for exercising!

Smoking has a hugely negative impact on fertility. FACT

It is one of the worst things you can do for forming a family. Men: smoking can pass on damaged DNA to your children. It has even been linked to higher childhood cancers. Stop when you are trying to conceive.

Drinking any caffeine is bad for fertility. FICTION

The good news for women who are TTC is that drinking 1-2 cups of coffee a day may not be as bad as we thought. There are no apparent adverse effects on fertility or pregnancy outcomes. I used to get my lattes as “half caffs” with half the caffeine so I could have two a day if I wanted.


Sperm are not stored in the cervix, but rather in the fallopian tube. FACT

Most physicians are taught that human sperm is stored in the cervix after intercourse and then released from a “cervical reservoir” over several days. In fact, no study has ever shown sperm form a “cervical reservoir” before reaching the fallopian tubes and participating in fertilization.

I know you have probably been trying every fertility trick and tip you come across and I love the enthusiasm! But make sure to do your research to separate fertility fact and fiction so you give yourself the best chance at successfully conceiving.

Read more about fertility by Dr. Ellington and others at the Pre-Seed TTC Blog.

- Dr. E

Science can help us nurture and enjoy our sexual selves. 


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