Award-Winning Research Links Omega-3 Fatty Acids With Increased Fertility

University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine researchers uncover a relationship between omega-3 fatty acids and increased ovarian reserve that could benefit up to 30 percent of infertile women

Denver (October 18, 2016) – Previous studies have concluded that omega-3 fatty acids are effective in delaying ovarian aging, a common cause of infertility in women. Until now, it was unclear whether omega-3s might actually increase a woman’s reserve of viable eggs for fertilization (ovarian reserve). But research presented today at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Meeting from the University of Colorado shows strong evidence that they do.

Diminished ovarian reserve is a condition in which a woman’s ovaries have fewer eggs viable for fertilization than expected for her age. It is a common reproductive issue, affecting an estimated 10 to 30 percent of all female infertility patients. Diminished ovarian reserve can adversely affect a woman’s likelihood of getting pregnant naturally or by way of in vitro fertilization (IVF).

“Based on our findings in animals, higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids are associated with increased oocyte (egg) numbers. These findings may translate into improved oocyte quality and increased fertility, but require further studies in humans,” said CU Advanced Reproductive Medicine’s researcher Dr. Malgorzata Skaznik-Wikiel.

Omega-3 fatty acids are readily available in in FDA-approved supplements, and occur naturally in foods such as salmon and flaxseed.

About University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine

The University of Colorado Denver Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine specializes in the evaluation and treatment of infertility and reproductive disorders. The center offers each patient a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan to provide personalized care with the most advanced technology available. Our goal is to make every effort to treat reproductive disorders with simple methods and less expensive therapies. However, in cases where these prove unsuccessful, as a state-of-the-art facility, we draw upon the latest advances and the most sophisticated methods available in infertility and reproductive therapy.