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19 Feb I am trying to conceive and understand that eating plenty of leafy green vegetables and fruits will help improve my chances of conception. But I am worried about the food safety especially with so many scandals in the media recently. Can pesticides affect my fertility and that of my husband? How can I reduce exposure to these chemicals?

Your concern regarding the food safety of pesticide residues on the vegetables and fruits is important. Indeed, pesticides do affect human fertility. In our present world, pesticides are ubiquitous. They are used to protect crops against insects, weeds, fungi and other pests. They are present on...

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26 Dec I have been taking contraceptive pills (Diane 35) for the treatment of pimples. How does the pill work? Will it affect my fertility in future?

Diane 35 is an oral contraceptive pill containing a female hormone (oestrogen) and another hormone(anti-androgen) which works against the male hormones (androgen). Androgens are produced by men as well as women. They stimulate the growth of the skin glands that produce oil (sebum). If the...

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19 Dec I have been smoking for the past 15 years. I just got married and intend to start a family soon. Can smoking affect my sperm? Will my wife’s fertility be affected also? She is a non-smoker.

Yes.  Smoking can negatively affect your fertility as well as your wife's. Research studies have  shown that smoking is associated with: ·         Reduced sperm count: Sperm count refers to the number of sperm found in a measured quantity of semen. ·         Decreased sperm motility: Sperm motility indicates the swimming capabilities...

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08 Nov I am 31 year old male and have been suffering from gout for the past 5 years. I am on colchicine, a long term medication. Will the disease affect my sexual health and fertility?

Gout is a condition where the joint is inflamed due to deposits of sharp, crystallized uric acid. Uric acid is a by-product when our body breaks down purines, the type of proteins found in some foods and beverages like liver, red meat, seafood, peas, and...

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