Sorting out fertility fact from fertility fiction

How many times have your friends and family told you to “just relax and you'll get pregnant,” “don't let him ride a bike,” “point your head to the North during sex to have a boy,” “don't exercise,” “wear boxers instead briefs,” just to name a few? The list goes on and on. Some may have a touch of fact while others are total fiction. Ever want to ask your doctor but afraid you would be thought of as silly? I guarantee that if you have the question, others will also want to hear the answer!

I’ll be sorting out fertility fact from fertility fiction! Privately e-mail the question to Please indicate if you want us to use your name or e-mail address. Or list the question on Facebook or our Blog. You can be entirely anonymous or we can include your name and/or e-mail address so others can share their experiences directly with you. We will then place the questions in order and explain away. I promise that I will sprinkle a touch of humor, a pinch of history and gallons of information in answering these questions.

Trying to get pregnant? More answers to your questions

Couples trying the “old-fashioned way” of conceiving often ask, “How often should we have sex to become pregnant?”

Our response is that having sex every 36-48 hours in the middle part of the women’s menstrual cycle is ideal. Couples that have sex five times a week get pregnant faster than those who have sex less often. Throw away the daily temperature charts and just have fun!  Taking a temperature every morning is also a lousy way to start the day. Have fun, go on dates, keep it as spontaneous as possible, remember why the two of you are together and don’t make creating a baby a second job!

Do you have a question about fertility? Submit it below or email me directly at

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Your FAQs Answered

Earlier this week, I asked readers to submit their questions about fertility care. To recap, I was asked about whether pineapple helps make the embryos stick during IVF and about whether Pre seed helps with producing cervical fluid during ovulation.

Regarding pineapple – that is a new one for me. I checked the National Library of Medicine database and found curious information.

First, pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which supposedly breaks down enzymes that inhibit implantation. I found an old study from the 1970's that examined if this enzyme could induce an abortion in rats. It was not found to be useful.

There hasn't been any reproductive research on this enzyme over the past 10 years. I did find a 25-year-old study wherein the enzyme was used to breakdown cervical mucous in the laboratory. This worked but further study has never been done and I certainly do not recommend that pineapple be placed in the vagina!

This enzyme is apparently used to tenderize meats.

So, to summarize, this enzyme breaks down proteins (meat), has been studied to potentially cause an abortion (doubtful) and can be useful in the laboratory to break down cervical mucous (Please do not try this in the vagina!). It doesn't seem to have any specificity so the breakdown of yet-to-be-discovered proteins that inhibit implantation is a real stretch of the imagination.

I like the idea of fruits and vegetables added to a sensible diet but I will have to place the “pineapple pregnancy” supplement into old wives' tales probably propagated by the pineapple industry itself!

Happy eating!

In our next issue of our e-newsletter, “Sweet Concepts,” I’ll sort “Fact from ‘Phallicy?’” A little humor and play on words! Don't be shy! Ask any question! Submit it below or email me directly at Please indicate if you want us to use your name or e-mail. If you’re not already signed up for our newsletter you can subscribe at

Question of the week: Is it true that eating pineapple during IVF helps the embryos stick?!

If you are trying to conceive, then you are likely familiar with some of the common myths of achieving pregnancy. For example, the “hips up theory” – is it the best position for achieving pregnancy? Send in your questions and I’ll sort out fertility fact from fertility fiction.

What to expect, when you’re trying to expect

What can you expect when going through fertility testing and treatment?  Visit our website at for answers to your frequently asked questions and information to help guide you through the process. And of course, our compassionate staff is always willing to answer your questions by calling 239-275-8118.

What is embryo donation and how can I find an embryo?

For many families struggling to conceive, fertility treatment and adoption are often contemplated. One option of growing interest to families is “embryo donation.” What does it involve and how can you find donated embryos? Is becoming an embryo recipient the right choice for you?  SRMS has a searchable embryo donor database. To learn more, visit

One couple shares a “Sweet” success story about their twins

Read another amazing “Sweet” success story – times two!  But the story doesn’t end there, this couple made the decision to donate their remaining frozen embryos to another couple trying to start a family! What an amazing example of the gift of life! Read more:

Question of the week: What’s on your mind?

We want to hear from you!  Submit your questions to the doctor. At SRMS, we want to help empower our patients with a better understanding of fertility treatment. Knowledge is power, so ask away! We also encourage you to call us directly at 239-275-8118 or visit our website at

Talk: Male Infertility

Infertility is often believed to be a woman's problem. However, studies indicate that 30 percent of infertility is related to male factor problems such as structural abnormalities, sperm production disorders, ejaculatory disturbances and immunologic disorders. Infertility is a couples' problem and one that must be faced as a team.

Discovering the source of infertility often isn’t the “Aha!” experience a couple may hope it to be. While patients may be relieved to know what the barriers to pregnancy are and how to address them, there is often a challenging emotional reaction for both men and women. Men can feel particularly “alone” in their journey, and it may prove difficult for them to discuss their feelings with their partners, family and friends. Fortunately, there are many support groups available for men, and for couples, struggling with infertility. Many are moderated by trained social workers and infertility specialists, while others are organized by people who have themselves been diagnosed with infertility. Speak to your health care practitioner about support groups in your area, contact a national fertility organization for listings or explore online groups and message boards such as those at, and

Share your comments below. For more information on infertility, visit or call 239-275-8118.