Full-fat dairy could reduce infertility

A new study suggests that eating ice cream and drinking whole-fat milk may help women conceive.

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Harvard University researchers estimate that 10% to 15% of couples trying to conceive encounter some fertility problems, and a lack of ovulation is a cause in a quarter of those cases.

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The condition, known as anovulatory infertility, occurs when the ovaries don’t produce an egg. It can be caused by diet, eating disorders, excessive exercise, or cysts. Long-term use of the contraceptive pill is also a possible reason.

The study found that women who consume at least one daily serving of high-fat dairy reduce the risk of infertility caused by lack of ovulation by more than a quarter compared with those who eat only one such portion a week.

The study also found the more low-fat dairy women had, the less likely they were to ovulate.

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More research is required to confirm the findings, but in the absence of further studies, the researchers advise women trying to conceive to swap low-fat dairy products like skimmed milk for whole-fat ones (but the overall calorie intake should remain within normal boundaries).

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