Does High Cholesterol Affect your Fertility?

Does High Cholesterol Affect your Fertility?

When we think of fertility issues, we often think of the most obvious ones. Ovulation problems, early menopause, low sperm counts, things like that. However, there are many different things that affect fertility that are not as obvious as the previously mentioned issues. One of those not-so-obvious things? Cholesterol. Read on for more information about how high cholesterol issues can affect fertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Animal Studies

There have been several different animal studies that take a look at fertility and cholesterol levels. One study in particular, done by the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, looked at mice. The study showed that when the mice had high cholesterol levels, they ovulated dysfunctional eggs that either could not be fertilized or which were very unlikely to lead to a healthy pregnancy.

However, in a very interesting note, once those mice with high cholesterol levels were given cholesterol lowering medications, their fertility was amazingly restored. It is also important to note that in studies of human patients regarding cholesterol and fertility, in cases where the female had higher cholesterol levels than the man, it took much more time to conceive.

What This Means

Although there are still many more years of studies and research that needs to done on this subject, it is actually very promising. This research indicates that although women who have high cholesterol levels might have problems getting pregnant, lowering her cholesterol might be a great way to improve her fertility.

This actually means that for women with high cholesterol who have fertility issues, cholesterol lowering medications could actually have the same effect as fertility drugs.  A word of caution, however. If cholesterol is too low, it can lead to premature birth or low birth weight babies. One study found that women with low cholesterol levels had a 21% chance of delivering prematurely, compared to only 5% of women who had “normal” cholesterol levels.

What To Know

This study indicates that cholesterol levels are very important when it comes to fertility, although we might not have realized it before. The balance between high cholesterol or low cholesterol is a very important one, and women who want to conceive should try their best to keep their levels balanced.

If you consistently have high cholesterol readings and want to get pregnant, talk with your doctor about whether or not cholesterol lowering medications would be right for you. While the world of cholesterol and fertility is still a very new field of research, it continues to be proven that the two are closely related.

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Lindsey Zaldivar
Lindsey Zaldivar | ConceiveEasy
Lindsey lives in Roselle, Illinois with her husband and son Harry. In between keeping up with a busy toddler, she enjoys blogging about parenting, cooking, crafting at The Accidental Wallflower.