Getting pregnant, watch out for cholesterol

    Getting pregnant, watch out for cholesterol

    High cholesterol can also reduce fertility in couples and make conception more difficult or otherwise delay it. This was revealed by a study coordinated by experts from the National Institutes of Health, the University of Buffalo (New York), and Emory University in Atlanta, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.


    The work involved 501 couples who were in their first attempts at conception but who had not yet turned to infertility centers. The experts measured the total cholesterol in the blood of both partners of each couple and cross-referenced the cholesterol data with the timing of conception. A clear link has emerged between high cholesterol and conception difficulties.


    If she has high cholesterol and he doesn't the times of conception are longer of those of a couple in which both have normal plasma cholesterol levels.


    If both partners have high cholesterol, the chances of conception are reduced even more and the times get longer.




    Cholesterol is the raw material of sex hormones, so it is somehow implicated in fertility, although it is not known exactly how. However, it is clear from the study that blood cholesterol affects couple fertility, another parameter to consider when looking for a child.


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