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Articles on fertility and preconception health and care

  • Shawe J, Patel D, Joy M, Howden B, Barrett G, Stephenson J (2019) Preparation for fatherhood: A survey of men’s preconception health knowledge and behaviour in England. PLoS ONE 14(3): e0213897.
  • Rahban, R., Priskorn, L., Senn, A., Stettler, E., Galli, F., Vargas, J., … Nef, S. (n.d.). Semen quality of young men in Switzerland: a nationwide cross-sectional population-based study. Andrology, 0(0).
  • Roustaei, Z., Räisänen, S., Gissler, M., & Heinonen, S. (2019). Fertility rates and the postponement of first births: a descriptive study with Finnish population data. BMJ Open, 9(1), e026336.
  • Williams, E.A., Parker, M., Robinson, A. et al (2019). A randomized placebo-controlled trial to investigate the effect of lactolycopene on semen quality in healthy males. Eur J Nutr.
  • World Health Organization, ed. (2013). Meeting to develop a global consensus on preconception care to reduce maternal and childhood mortality and morbidity. Geneva.
  • Thompson EL, Vázquez-Otero C, Vamos CA, et al. (2017). Rethinking Preconception Care: A Critical, Women’s Health Perspective. Maternal Child Health Journal. 21(5):1147–55.
  • Backhausen MG, Ekstrand M, Tydén T, et al. Pregnancy planning and lifestyle prior to conception and during early pregnancy among Danish women. Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care 2014;19(1):57–65.
  • Beckmann MM, Widmer T, Bolton E. Does preconception care work? Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 2014; 54 (6): 510–14. 
  • Moos M-K, Dunlop AL, Jack BW, et al. Healthier women, healthier reproductive outcomes: recommendations for the routine care of all women of reproductive age. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008; 199 (6 Suppl 2): S280-9.
  • Hussein N, Kai J, Qureshi N. The effects of preconception interventions on improving reproductive health and pregnancy outcomes in primary care: A systematic review. Eur J Gen Pract 2016;22(1):42–52.
  • Hurst HM, Linton DM. Preconception Care: Planning for the Future. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 2015;11(3):335–40.
  • Almeida-Santos T, Melo C, Macedo A, et al. Are women and men well informed about fertility? Childbearing intentions, fertility knowledge and information-gathering sources in Portugal. Reprod Health 2017;14(1):91.
  • Ramalingam M, Kini S, Mahmood T. Male fertility and infertility. Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine 2014;24(11):326–32.
  • Durairajanayagam D. Lifestyle causes of male infertility. Arab J Urol 2018;16(1):10–20.
  • Frey KA, Navarro SM, Kotelchuck M, et al. The clinical content of preconception care: preconception care for men. AM J OBSTET GYNECOL 2008;199(6, Supplement B): 389-395.
  • van der Zee B, Wert G de, Steegers EA, et al. Ethical aspects of paternal preconception lifestyle modification. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013;209(1):11–16.
  • Practice Committee of American Society for Reproductive Medicine in collaboration with Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Optimizing natural fertility. Fertil Steril 2008; 90 (5 Suppl): S1-S6.

Material: Preconception health and care

Preconception care: Maximizing the gains for maternal and child health by WHO:

A new WHO report shows that preconception care has a positive impact on maternal and child health outcomes. Addressed primarily at health professionals responsible for developing national and local health policies, the report provides a foundation for implementing a package of promotive, preventive and curative health interventions shown to have been effective in improving maternal and child health. A wide range of sectors and stakeholders needs to be engaged to ensure universal access to preconception care. The report also guides non-health sectors, foundations and civil society organizations to collaborate with, and support, public health policy-makers to maximize gains for maternal and child health through preconception care. Read the entire report here!

Articles on addictions and fertility

  • Agricola E, Gesualdo F, Carloni E, et al. Investigating paternal preconception risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes in a population of internet users. Reprod Health 2016;13:37.
  • Alvarez S. Do some addictions interfere with fertility? Fertil Steril 2015;103(1):22–26.
  • Barratt CLR, Björndahl L, Jonge CJ de, et al. The diagnosis of male infertility: an analysis of the evidence to support the development of global WHO guidance-challenges and future research opportunities. Hum Reprod Update 2017;23(6):660–80.
  • Barron ML. Fertility Literacy for Men in Primary Care Settings. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 2013;9(3):155–60.
  • Bodin M, Käll L, Tydén T, et al. Exploring men’s pregnancy-planning behaviour and fertility knowledge:a survey among fathers in Sweden. Ups J Med Sci 2017;122(2):127–35.
  • Choiriyyah I, Sonenstein F, Astone N, et al. Men Aged 15-44 in Need of Preconception Care. MATERN CHILD HEALTH J 2015;19(11):2358–65.
  • Sobinoff AP, Beckett EL, Jarnicki AG, et al. Scrambled and fried: Cigarette smoke exposure causes antral follicle destruction and oocyte dysfunction through oxidative stress. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2013;271(2):156–67.
  • Dechanet C, Anahory T, Mathieu Daude JC, et al. Effects of cigarette smoking on reproduction. Hum Reprod Update 2011;17(1):76–95.
  • Sharma R, Biedenharn KR, Fedor JM, et al. Lifestyle factors and reproductive health: taking control of your fertility. Reprod Biol Endocrinol 2013;11:66.
  • Barron ML. Fertility Literacy for Women in Primary Care Settings. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 2013;9(3):161–65.
  • Burstyn I, Kapur N, Cherry NM. Substance use of pregnant women and early neonatal morbidity: where to focus intervention? CAN J PUBLIC HEALTH 2010;101(2):149–53.
  • Anderka M, Romitti PA, Sun L, et al. Patterns of tobacco exposure before and during pregnancy. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2010;89(4):505–14.
  • Blatt K, Moore E, Chen A, et al. Association of reported trimester-specific smoking cessation with fetal growth restriction. Obstet Gynecol 2015;125(6):1452–59.
  • Dean SV, Mason E, Howson CP, et al. Born too soon: care before and between pregnancy to prevent preterm births: from evidence to action. Reprod Health 2013; 10 Suppl 1: S3-S3.
  • Hoyt AT, Canfield MA, Romitti PA, et al. Does Maternal Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke During Pregnancy Increase the Risk for Preterm or Small-for-Gestational Age Birth? Matern Child Health J 2018;22(10):1418–29.
  • Lee B-E, Hong Y-C, Park H, et al. Secondhand smoke exposure during pregnancy and infantile neurodevelopment. Environ Res 2011;111(4):539–44.
  • Agarwal A, Aponte-Mellado A, Premkumar BJ, et al. The effects of oxidative stress on female reproduction: a review. Reprod Biol Endocrinol 2012;10:49.
  • Floyd RL, Jack BW, Cefalo R, et al. The clinical content of preconception care: alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug exposures. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008; 199(6 Suppl 2): S333-S339.
  • Fertig AR, Watson T. Minimum drinking age laws and infant health outcomes. Journal of Health Economics 2009; 28 (3): 737–47.
  • Carson G, Cox LV, Crane J, et al. No. 245-Alcohol Use and Pregnancy Consensus Clinical Guidelines. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2017;39(9):e220-e254.
  • Ingersoll KS, Hettema JE, Cropsey KL, et al. Preconception markers of dual risk for alcohol and smoking exposed pregnancy: tools for primary prevention. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2011;20(11):1627–33.
  • May PA, Vries MM de, Marais A-S, et al. The continuum of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in four rural communities in south africa: Prevalence and characteristics. DRUG ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE 2016;159:207–18.
  • Sansone A, Di Dato C, Angelis C de, et al. Smoke, alcohol and drug addiction and male fertility. Reprod Biol Endocrinol 2018;16(1):3.
  • Male Reproductive Health and Infertility. Primary Care of the Medically Underserved 2010;37(3):643–52.
  • van Heertum K, Rossi B. Alcohol and fertility: how much is too much? Fertil Res Pract 2017;3:10.
  • McBride N, Johnson S. Fathers’ Role in Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies: Systematic Review of Human Studies. Minnesota’s Investment in Applied Tobacco Control Research 2016;51(2):240–48.

Articles on medication and anabolic steroids and fertility

  • Leverrier-Penna, S, Mitchell R T, Becker E, Lecante L, Ben Maamar M, Homer N, Lavoué V, Kristensen D M, Dejucq-Rainsford N, Jégou B and Mazaud-Guittot S. (2018) Ibuprofen is deleterious for the development of first trimester human fetal ovary ex vivo. Human Reproduction, Vol.33, (3): 482–493.
  • Kristensen D M, Desdoits-Lethimonier C, Mackey A L, Dalgaard M D, De Masi F, Munkbøl C H, Styrishave B, Antignac J P, Le Bizec B, Platel C, Hay-Schmidt A, Jensen T K, Lesné L, Mazaud-Guittot S, Kristiansen K, Brunak S, Kjaer M, Juul A. and Jégou B. Ibuprofen alters human testicular physiology to produce a state of compensated hypogonadism. (2018) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 23; 115(4): E715-E724.
  • Tamer E, Secil G A, Sebahat G, Recep Y, Ali K, Ertan A and Muhammet C. (2010) Use of complementary and alternative medicines by a sample of Turkish women for infertility enhancement: a descriptive study. Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 10:11.
  • Posadzki P, Watson L K and Ernst E. 2013. Adverse effects of herbal medicines: an overview of systematic reviews. Clinical Medicine, Vol 13, (1): 7–12.
  • Izzo A A, Hoon‐Kim S, Radhakrishnan R, Williamson E M. (2016) A Critical Approach to Evaluating Clinical Efficacy, Adverse Events and Drug Interactions of Herbal Remedies. Phytotherapy Research vol 30, (5): 691 – 700.
  • El Osta R, Almont T, Diligent C, Hubert N, Eschwège P and Hubert J. (2016) Anabolic steroids abuse and male infertility. Basic and clinical Andrology 26:2.
  • Karila T, Hovatta O, and Seppälä T (2004) Concomitant abuse of anabolic androgenic steroids and human chronionic gonadotrophin impairs spermatogenesis in power athletes. International Journal of Sports Medicine 25: 257-63.
  • ACOG, Committee Opinion no:484 (2011) Performance Enhancing Anabolic Steroid Abuse in Women. Reaffirmed 2018.

Sleep and rest and the effect on fertility -articles

  • Reutrakula S & Van Cauter. 2018. Sleep influences on obesity, insulin resistance, and risk of type 2 diabetes. Metabolism Clinical and Experimental 84, 56–66.
  • Sen A, Sellix MT. 2016. The Circadian Timing System and Environmental Circadian Disruption: From Follicles to Fertility. Endocrinology 157(9): 3366-3373.
  • Spiegel K, Leproult R & Van Cauter. 1999. Impact of sleep debt on metabolic and endocrine function. Lancet 354: 1435–39.
  • Kronholm E et al. 2016. Prevalence of insomnia-related symptoms continues to increase in the Finnish working-age population. Journal of Sleep Research.
  • Kloss JD, Nash CO. 2013. Women’s sleep through the lifespan. Spiers MV, Geller PA, Kloss JD. (Eds.) Women’s health psychology, Wiley, New York.
  • Kloss JD, Perlis ML, Zamzow JA, Culnan EJ, Gracia CR. 2015. Sleep, sleep disturbance, and fertility in women. Sleep Medicine Reviews 22: 78-87.
  • Palnitkar G, Phillips CL, Hoyos CM, Marren AJ, Bowman MC & Yee BJ. 2018. Linking sleep disturbance to idiopathic male infertility. SLEEP MED REV 42: 149-159.

Vaccinations and fertility

  • Arbyn, M., Xu, L., Cimoens, C., Martin-Hirsch, P., (2018): Prophylactic vaccination against human papillomaviruses to prevent cervical cancer and its precursors, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 5. Art. No: CD009069.
  • Connrod, D.V., Jack, B.W., Boggess, K.A., Lond, R., Conry, J.A., Cox, N.S., Cefalo, R., Hunter, K.D., Pizzica, A., Dunloo, A.L. (2008): The clinical content of preconception care: immunizations as part of preconception care. American Journal of Obstetics and Gynecology. Supplement 12/2008: 290-295.
  • MC Millan, M., Porritt, K., Kralik, D., Costi, L., Marshall, H. (2015): Influenza vaccination during pregnancy: A Systematic review of fetal death, spontaneous abortion and congenital malformation safety outcomes. IN: Vaccine 33: 2108-2117.
  • Rassmussen, S.A., Jamieson, D. (2015): What Obstetic Care Providers need to know about Measles and Pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 126 (1):162-170.
  • Saul, N., Wang, K., Bag, S., Baldwin, H., Alexander, K., Chandra, M., Thomas, J., Qinn, H., Sheppeard, V., Conaty, St. (2018): Effectivness of maternal pertussis vaccination in preventing infection and disease in infants: The NSW Public Health Network case-control. IN: Vaccine 36: 1887-1892.
  • Hogan, J., French, S., Mackillop, L. (2015): Vaccinations in pregnancy. Obstetic Gynaecology and reproductive medicine 26:3.
  • VerweiJ, M., Lambach, Ph., Ortiz, J.R. Reis, A. (2016): Maternal immunization: ethical issues. Lancet infect Dis 16: e310-14.
  • Raya, B.A., Edwards, K.M., Scheifele, D.W., Halperin S.A. (2017): Maternal immunization 2. Pertussis and influence immunization during pregnancy: a landscpape rewiew. IN: Lancet infect Dis 17; e17:209-22.
  • Vilca, L.M., Esposito, S. (2018): The crucial role of maternal care providers as vaccinators for pregnant woman. IN: Vaccine 36: 5379-5384.
  • Papachrisanthou, M.M., Davis, R.L. (2019): The Resurgence of Measles, Mumps, Pertussis. IN: The journal for Nurse Practitioners.
  • MCInerney, K.A., Hatch, E., Wesselink, A.K., Mikkelsen, E.M., Rothmann, K.J., Perkins, R.B., Wiese, L.A. (2018): The effect of Vaccination against Human Papillomavirus on Fecundability. IN: Peadiatr Perinat Epindemiol. 2017. November; 31(6): 531-536.
  • Marchant, A., Sadarangani, M., Garand, M., Dauby, N., Verhasselt, V., Pereira, L, Bjornson, G., Jones, Ch.E., Halperin, S.A., Edwards, K,M., Heath, P., Openshaw, P.J., Scheifele, D.W., Kollamannt, T.R. (2017): Maternal immunsation 1. Collaborating with mother nature. IN: Lancet infect Dis 17: e197-208.

Articles on mental health and fertility

  • Babenko O, Kovalchuk I, Metz GA. (2015). Stress-induced perinatal and transgenerational epigenetic programming of brain development and mental health, Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 48:70-91.
  • Lewis AJ, Austin E, Knapp R, Vaiano T, Galbally M. (2015). Perinatal Maternal Mental Health, Fetal Programming and Child Development. Healthcare (Basel). 3(4):1212–1227.
  • Glover, V., O’Donnell, K. J., O’Connor, T. G., & Fisher, J. (2018). Prenatal maternal stress, fetal programming, and mechanisms underlying later psychopathology—A global perspective. Development and Psychopathology, 30(3), 843-854.
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