Advanced Reproductive Medicine physicians Malgorzata Skaznik-Wikiel and Alex Polotsky spearheaded a research study that aimed to determine whether omega-3 fatty acids increase fertility. The promising findings received national attention.
With the growing concern of Zika-related birth defects, many hopeful parents have been urged to hold off on conception. Dr. Nanette Santoro encourages parents to consider the potential effects of contracting the Zika virus during pregnancy.
Dr. Polotsky spoke to Reuters Health about weight loss and lifestyle improvements for all infertility patients, especially for women with PCOS because studies show it increases their live birth rates following infertility treatments.
A study led by Dr. Polotsky found dietary omega-3 consumption can slow ovarian aging in mice and improve oocyte quality as a preliminary step, but more research will be needed for outcomes that really matter to women, such as pregnancy rates.
More U.S. women are taking unregulated hormones that are compounded and often marketed as “bioidentical” hormones to reduce hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Dr. Santoro generally recommends against using compounded hormones.