Cholesterol & Fertility: Balancing Hormones & Health

Cholesterol aids the production of hormones that affect fertility

Cholesterol – known for heart attack and stroke at high levels or hormone imbalances and decreased sex drive at low levels – is also necessary for many of our bodies’ functions.

“Cholesterol is a precursor for steroid hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone, which are very important for men and women,” says Dr. Lauren Roth, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “Hormones are involved with reproduction, maturation of eggs and sperm and preparing the uterus for the embryo.”