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I've been hearing mixed messages regarding soy and soy products and their effects on estrogen levels...Is soy good or bad for you?

I've been hearing mixed messages regarding soy and soy products and their effects on estrogen levels...Is soy good or bad for you?

Bad but...: Soy has properties that mimic estrogen to a certain degree. So obviously it would be beneficial to menopausal women with symptoms. It is not however, recommended for men or as a healthy alternative to other foods. ...Read more

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Are diet sodas and other products with artificial sweeteners safe to consume while pregnant?

Are diet sodas and other products with artificial sweeteners safe to consume while pregnant?

Yes: The american academy of pediatrics' committee on nutrition appointed a task force to investigate this question, and they concluded that all the currently available artificial sweeteners are safe during pregnancy. The fda recommends that pregnant women limit aspartame consumption to "moderate levels"-- which is actually a lot more than you would think (roughly 10 cans of diet soda daily). ...Read more

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How can aspartame cause cancer and infertility?

How can aspartame cause cancer and infertility?

Aspartame: Is not linked conclusively to infertility, in other words "it doesn't." I do not keep up with cancer literature as much, but i don't know of any conclusive links; perhaps another doctor can elaborate more on that side. ...Read more

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Does soy protein and soy products have a negative effect on men. Testostrone amd erectile dysfunction?

Does soy protein and soy products have a negative effect on men. Testostrone amd erectile dysfunction?

Controversial: Some studies suggest isoflavones or their metabolites in soy products lower testosterone; other studies report increase in testosterone; yet others say no change. Most of these studies were meta-analyses of older studies, some of which were flawed. Controlled studies are needed to determine actual effects of soy on testosterone. Check http://www.Ironmanmagazine.Com/soy-and-your-testosterone/. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for high testosterone. I'm trying to conceive and I have pcos caused by high testosterone. Clomid (clomiphene) and metformin failed.

What are treatment options for high testosterone. I'm trying to conceive and I have pcos caused by high testosterone. Clomid (clomiphene) and metformin failed.

Here are some ...: With thus far in your care for PCOS, it would not most logical and beneficial to bring this Q to the treating doctor so timely modification of care could be given. At this time, further online inquiry tends to cause more unnecessary confusion and anxiety. So, contact your treating doc who should be in line of today's knowledge and options of care. Worst, seeking second opinion is still easier &... ...Read more

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What are the effects of alcohol and caffeine on male and female fertility?

What are the effects of alcohol and caffeine on male and female fertility?

Caffeine = none: Am not aware of any effects of caffeine on fertility. Alcohol, in more than modest doses (1 drink/day in women, 2 drinks/day in men) can reduce both testosterone and estrogen levels, causing reduced sperm counts and sperm that don't move properly, and do not look normal. In women, reduced periods and lower fertility occur. Use of alcohol in pregnancy can result in profound damage to babies. ...Read more

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Food and diet rich to increase health of utreus and stimulate ovulation and reduce infertility. Plz suggest foods to induce/stimulate ovulation.

Food and diet rich to increase health of utreus and stimulate ovulation and reduce infertility. Plz suggest foods to induce/stimulate ovulation.

Reality check...: A generally healthy diet low in fats and with balanced protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals along with general good health and exercise, will increase "health of the uterus". However, diet alone will not "stimulate ovulation" or treat problems like endometriosis or scar tissue or ovulatory dysfunction, etc that contribute to infertility. ...Read more

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I take a natures made multivitamin that contains soy lithium and soybean oil. Will this cause ED and infertility in men?

I take a natures made multivitamin that contains soy lithium and soybean oil. Will this cause  ED and infertility in men?

Unlikely: I know of no evidence for such a causal relationship. The amount of soy in a multivitamin is unlikely to cause either ED or infertility. Both the coreg (carvedilol) and the clonodine you are taking can lower BP, and clonodine has known side effects that affect sexual function. Talk with your doctor about side effects of your meds, and consider a consult with a health psychologist if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Prescribed estrium and i3c for endometriosis and infertility by naturopath/pharmacist to detox and level estrogen. Will this actually help?

Prescribed estrium and i3c for endometriosis and infertility by naturopath/pharmacist to detox and level estrogen. Will this actually help?

Who knows?: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". See a real doctor.if concerned ...Read more

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M58, could aspartame reduce blood sugar level. plz consider here aspartame as medicine. ( I am not talking of replacing carb diet with aspartame) ?

M58, could aspartame reduce blood sugar level. plz consider here aspartame as medicine. ( I am not talking of replacing carb diet with aspartame) ?

Not really: it's pretty small amount of stuff, so it has a very small effect. I'm not entirely certain what the expectation of sugar does. Certainly it makes one subjectively FEEL like being hyPOglycemic. But I doubt the psychological effect has either a physiologic basis nor a physiologic consequence (the sugar only feels low). ...Read more

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Can you elaborate on how and why artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame and Stevia) can be harmful to health?

Can you elaborate on how and why artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame and Stevia) can be harmful to health?

My opinion: artificial sweeteners can make you shun healthy, filling, and highly nutritious foods while consuming more artificially flavored foods with less nutritional value.Artificial sweeteners may play another trick, too. Research suggests that they may prevent us from associating sweetness with caloric intake. As a result, we may crave more sweets, tend to choose sweet food over nutritious food ...Read more

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Sir how many masturbation in month are save? which can not effect my fertility and sperm count?

Sir how many masturbation in month are save? which can not effect my fertility and sperm count?

Change your focus: If you change your focus from masturbation, which for some has a negative implication, to just sex, you can answer this yourself.It has the same effect on your body. The human drive & reserve to reproduce replaces any material lost in any episode. ...Read more

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If i don't consume dairy products often will that poorly effect my fertility?

If i don't consume dairy products often will that poorly effect my fertility?

Misinformed?: Foods rarely have any role in fertility. Now your health and a possible baby's health and nutrition will be enhanced with good protein and calcium intake. But foods to assist or hinder fertility...That is not real. ...Read more

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I have irregular or no ovulation, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. My husband has 30% low motility. What are our chances of conceiving naturally?

I have irregular or no ovulation, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. My husband has 30% low motility. What are our chances of conceiving naturally?

Sounds unlikely: Maybe not impossible, but no ovulations make it impossible to conceive naturally. The impact of the endometriosis varies with stage. Have you had a surgical diagnosis, if so what stage is it? ...Read more

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Can extensive fasting have adverse effect on fertility and sperm count? What can be the causes and effects of regular ejaculation in child bearing?

Can extensive fasting have adverse effect on fertility and sperm count? What can be the causes and effects of regular ejaculation in child bearing?

No for short term...: From what i know, fasting would not impact fertility and sperm count until the extreme end-stage of malnutrition and dying. Ejaculation to shoot the sperm-containing semen into birth canal is the natural must to make women pregnant. But remember viable sperms move and travel to where is suitable for their survival to fertilize the egg. Of course, the women receiving semen get to be functional... ...Read more

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Trying to cut down sugar/sweets in my diet. Are there any alternative sweeteners that are safe and don't cause unpleasant side effects?

Trying to cut down sugar/sweets in my diet. Are there any alternative sweeteners that are safe and don't cause unpleasant side effects?

Erythritol, stevia: I agree with Dr. Jayaraj that stevia is a healthy alternative sweetener but not everyone likes its flavor. Erythritol may be the safest natural sweetener available and tastes more like sugar. See http://authoritynutrition.com/erythritol/ Xylitol is another good choice, though large amounts may cause loose stools. ...Read more

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How are male fertility and marijuana related?

How are male fertility and marijuana related?

Not good: Limited data last i checked, but consensus is that it is likely harmful. How harmful is variable and obviously depends on usage. Studies on tobacco and male fertility are sketchy but suggest around 15% reduction per conception cycle. It's not a good idea (for alot of reasons) for men when trying to conceive. ...Read more