New research from the States suggests that competition for jobs and more availability of consumer goods is linked to lower fertility. The team of anthropologists from Georgia have even developed a mathematical model to back up their arguments. They say that there is a worldwide pattern which shows that fertility declines when there is more social inequality.
When I first read this, I imagined it was suggesting some peculiar link between consumerism and fertility, but when you examine the facts more closely it’s more a combination of things that we’ve already known, including the fact that women who are more educated are more likely to delay having children – but if you are interested, you can find out more about the research from Emory University here
New research from the States suggests that there may be a link between high cholesterol levels and fertility problems. Researchers followed 500 couples who were trying to conceive but didn’t have existing fertility problems – and they found that when both partners had high levels of cholesterol, it took them longer to get pregnant.
They suggest that anyone trying to conceive should check out their cholesterol levels at the start – and that they could improve their chances of success by reducing levels if they are too high.
What isn’t clear from the reports I’ve read is whether diet itself could be as much a factor as the cholesterol. A high-fat diet can lead to higher cholesterol levels, so the couples with lower cholesterol levels are likely to be eating more healthily – but whatever the root cause of the findings, it does suggest that paying attention to what you eat can have an impact on your fertility.
The study was carried out by researchers from the National Institutes of Health, the University at Buffalo (New York), and Emory University in Atlanta and the findings were published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism – you can read more details about the research here