Does organic eating impact sperm quality? When it comes to fruits and vegetables, it does!


Fresh assorted vegetables in boxes on farmer's marketAccording to interesting data presented at the 2014 ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) Meeting, choosing organic options for high pesticide fruits and vegetables improved sperm motility and morphology.  In the study, men who ate the greatest amount of high pesticide fruits and vegetables showed a 70% lower motile sperm count and 64% lower number of normally shaped sperm.  For those men who generally ate low pesticide fruits and vegetables, there were no detected changes in motility and morphology.
So, we know that it is important to eat a well balanced diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, but which ones should be organic?  The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to providing the public with easily accessible information on the health and safety of products commonly used.  Every year, they publish a list of the highest to lowest pesticide level fruits and vegetables.   To go even further, they have a separate website devoted to the health and safety of home and beauty products.  You are able to search their database for any of the products you use, and receive a score of the perceived safety of the product.
Moving back to choosing organic fruits and vegetables for high pesticide residue produce, here is the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list of produce with highest levels of pesticides detected.  The list begins with the highest level and works down:
1.  Apples
2.  Strawberries
3.  Grapes
4.  Celery
5.  Peaches
6.  Spinach
7.  Sweet Bell Peppers
8.  Nectarines – Imported
9.  Cucumbers
10.  Cherry Tomatoes
11.  Snap Peas – Imported
12.  Potatoes
The next time that you’re out shopping, we hope that you take this list along with you and consider swapping out a few of these items for their lower pesticide counterparts.  If you have any questions about diet, nutrition, or improving sperm count and quality, please don’t hesitate to contact our nursing staff.
For all of our fertility support offerings this month, please check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.  Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you during these sessions!
One last note, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  We also have groups for Secondary Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordiator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
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