Elias Gatos, M.D.
Surgeon Gynecologist – Obstetrician
Scientific Director emBIO Assisted Reproduction Unit

Unexplained infertility

Unexplained infertility affects approximately 5-10% of modern couples. These couples show an inability to conceive although all parameters reported above are normal. 1/3 has a problem to a smaller or larger extent in both partners. The impact of age does not seem to be affected from a reduction in “the ability to fertilise”, however, it seems likely to be related with abnormal chromosomes in the egg.

Improving your lifestyle implies more chances for increased fertility.
Modern stressful lifestyle surely contributes to infertility. By following a few simple rules and adding a few simple habits in your daily life, you can rest assured the outcomes will be very positive.

Healthy and balanced diet

Eat dry fruits, seeds and oily fish (food rich in Ω3 and Ω6 fats), organic food (no pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, or flavourings), fresh fruit & vegetables, cereals, and whole grain bread. Drink fresh fruit, beverages, and 8-10 glasses of water daily for detoxification.

Exercise more

It has been seen that overweight men are likely to have reduced testosterone levels and women with excessive abdominal fat may have hormonal deregulation impeding ovulation. Physical exercise improves strength, brings well-being, increases confidence and optimism, and gives a more positive outlook.

Quit “bad habits” such as smoking since tobacco reduces the ability of ovaries to produce healthy eggs and leads to early menopause in women, whereas it affects sperm quality in men.
Limit or, if possible, quit caffeine, which increases free radicals and affects both sperm quality and a woman’s ability to conceive.
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption destroying major vitamins such as E, C, and zinc, which is responsible for reduced sperm motility in men.


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