HealthDay News — Higher seafood intake is tied to a shorter time to pregnancy (TTP), according to a study published online May 23 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Audrey J. Gaskins, ScD, from Harvard University in Boston, and colleagues examined the relationship of male and female seafood intake with TTP among 501 couples planning pregnancy who participated in the Longitudinal Investigation of Fertility and the Environment Study (2005 to 2009). 

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The researchers found that couples in which the male and female partners consumed at least eight seafood servings/cycle had 47 and 60% shorter TTP versus couples with male and female partners who consumed no more than one seafood serving/cycle, respectively. When both partners consumed at least eight seafood servings/cycle, the couples had a 61% shorter TTP, compared to couples consuming less. In addition, among male and female partners with the highest seafood intake (at least eight servings/cycle), sexual intercourse frequency was 22% higher.

“Our study suggests seafood can have many reproductive benefits, including shorter time to pregnancy and more frequent sexual activity,” Gaskins said in a statement. “Our results stress the importance of not only female, but also male diet on time to pregnancy and suggests that both partners should be incorporating more seafood into their diets for the maximum fertility benefit.”

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