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Fertility Foods

October 16, 2018

Fertility and diet are popular topics today, and during the cold winter months, they can be an especially hot topic (think soup!!!). Can eating certain foods boost your fertility? They certainly won’t hurt, and especially if there is an underlying endocrine disturbance they can certainly help!! Your overall diet does matter. Researchers have found that unhealthy eating habits can harm ... Read More

13 Science-Backed Health Benefits Of Peanuts For The Body And Mind

August 3, 2018

Peanuts can keep you full thanks to their unsaturated fats, proteins, and fiber. You’ll be less likely to binge eat, making it easier to lose weight. The unsaturated fats also improve cholesterol levels and blood pressure, so you’ll have a lower risk of heart disease. If you’re dealing with skin problems or arthritis, the anti-inflammatory ... Read More

10+ Ways to Boost Your Fertility

July 27, 2018

It’s an aspect of our health that most of us take for granted: Have sex, get pregnant, right? In reality, even minor stressors can throw your body out of whack. If you’re trying to conceive, these simple health moves can help protect your fertility.   1of 13 Eat Well Here’s good news: Staying well nourished ... Read More

Optimal Fertility and Exercise

July 25, 2018

If you’re looking to improve your health and fertility, you may assume that adding in exercise is one of the best actions to take. And while that is partially true, it’s not the entire story. Even with exercise, too much of a good thing can be bad. Some studies have shown that “too much” exercise ... Read More

17 Research-Backed Health Benefits Of Walnuts For Good Health

July 20, 2018

The benefits of walnuts for skin and hair include softer, wrinkle-free, pimple-free skin, dandruff-free hair, and reduced hair fall. Use a decoction of dried walnut leaves to make a natural antiperspirant, and use walnut oil for youthful skin and strong hair. Eat walnuts to improve brain and heart health, manage diabetes and arthritis symptoms, prevent ... Read More

Natural Ways to Boost Male Fertility

July 16, 2018

So often in life, things that are very good for us can also be bad if we have too much, or too little, of them. This is especially true with male fertility, which is a delicate balance of hormones and proteins to create healthy sperm so you can have children. Thankfully, there are some proven ... Read More

Heavy lifting, shift work may negatively impact women’s fertility

July 13, 2018

Heavy lifting, shift work may negatively impact women’s fertility   Women who have physically demanding jobs may experience decreased fertility, finds new research by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Working schedules that fall outside normal daytime office hours may also lower a woman’s ability to conceive.   Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, a research fellow in ... Read More

Fertility Tip – 10 Steps to Sustained Weight Loss & Achieving a Healthy Weight

July 11, 2018

Achieving a healthy weight prior to trying to conceive is not only going to help you get pregnant, but it is also going to help you have a healthy pregnancy. Women who are overweight are more likely to experience difficulties in achieving pregnancy due to a hormone imbalance creating an increased risk of ovulation dysfunction and miscarriage. ... Read More

What are the risks of being underweight?

July 6, 2018

Being underweight can represent as many health concerns to an individual as being overweight can. If a person is underweight, their body may not be getting the nutrients it needs to build healthy bones, skin, and hair. While some people may have a genetic background or a medical illness that prevents them from putting on ... Read More

Boosting Your Fertility With Smart Health Goals

June 29, 2018

You can boost your fertility by making lifestyle changes and dropping unhealthy habits. Whether you’re just starting to try to conceive, or you’ve been trying for a long time, it’s worth taking the time to make changes now. But… it’s essential you go into this with a straight head and reasonable expectations. Here’s how to make lifelong changes — not ... Read More

What Impact Does Male Smoking Have on Sperm and Fertility?

April 25, 2018

How His Smoking Can Hurt Both His and Her Fertility Can smoking hurt your sperm? Yes. It can also negatively affect your fertility. You already know that smoking is bad for your health, and you have likely guessed that smoking is bad for female fertility. In both men and women, smoking has been linked to an increased ... Read More

How Lack of Sleep May Affect Your Fertility

April 13, 2018

Sleep and fertility. Have you ever thought about how they relate to one another? Sleep plays a vital role in all our lives, affecting the quality of life, overall health, and, importantly, fertility. Getting a good night’s sleep helps refresh and restore your brain and organ systems and regulate important hormones in your body – including fertility-related ... Read More

Are Fertility Vitamins and Supplements a Scam?

April 11, 2018

What You’ll Find in Fertility Supplements and How to Decide Whether to Take One Fertility vitamins and supplements can be found all over the Internet, with marketing materials that are difficult to ignore. The promises made are frequently much bigger than the evidence standing behind them. That isn’t to say that some fertility vitamins aren’t useful ... Read More

Can Vegetable Oil Cause Hormonal Imbalance And Infertility?

April 6, 2018

Vegetables are good for correcting hormonal imbalance and infertility issues when they are eaten raw or half boiled. But, vegetable oil is known for containing a high concentration of carbohydrates and high omega-6 –fats. The exposure of these oil packets to light and heat creates mutation in the body and can bring severe imbalance in ... Read More

8 Best Fertility Foods Men Should Start Eating Now

April 4, 2018

Pucker up for vit C rich foods (bell peppers, oranges, kale, papaya) and use healthier oils like olive and virgin coconut oil to prevent sperm clumping due to oxidative stress. Nibble on raw pumpkin seeds; eat oysters to help improve sperm motility. Add tomatoes, pomegranates to your diet to help replace the antioxidants depleted by ... Read More

5 Vitamin B12 Benefits For Men: The Fertility Vitamin

March 28, 2018

Aside from keeping your blood cells and nerves healthy, vitamin B12 plays a role in the production and development of sperm. A deficiency can mean problems like loss of libido and premature ejaculation. B12 supplementation may help improve sperm count, concentration, and motility in men with fertility issues. An adult needs about 2.4 mg B12 ... Read More

Three Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Fertility

March 23, 2018

Telling a woman who’s been having trouble conceiving to stop stressing out about it is like telling her to stop wanting a baby—no matter how hard she tries, it’s just not likely to happen. For many women trying to conceive, it’s way too easy to turn this into a blame-the-mother (to-be) scenario. As much as ... Read More

How does sperm motility affect fertility?

March 21, 2018

Sperm motility is the ability of sperm to move efficiently. This is important in fertility because sperm need to move through the woman’s reproductive tract to reach and fertilize her egg. Poor sperm motility can be a cause of male factor infertility. In this article, we look at the impact of sperm motility on fertility, ... Read More


March 14, 2018

Eastern Medicine and Fertility Using acupuncture and Chinese herbs for fertility Many couples that come to my facility have been using fertility treatments recommended by their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) providers. Sometimes people are embarrassed or unsure about talking to me about their non-Western treatments. There is always some level of fear or discomfort when ... Read More

Increase Your Fertility by Breaking These 8 Bad Habits

March 9, 2018

1. Stop Staying Up Late and Start Prioritizing Sleep The Bad Habit to Break Staying up late and not getting enough sleep. Why It’s Bad for Your Fertility Health Some research studies have found a connection between poor sleep habits and irregular periods, and irregular periods can be a symptom of infertility. Also, a small study found ... Read More

4 Self-Fertility Massages For Conception

March 7, 2018

Looking forward to bringing a baby into this world? Difficulties in conceiving can be a huge letdown to dampen the experience. If you’re having trouble conceiving, you’re not alone. Most women spend early years of their lives trying very hard to avoid pregnancy. When they finally decide it’s time to conceive, many of them are ... Read More

7 Best Foods To Boost Fertility

March 2, 2018

How to change your diet to increase your chances of getting pregnant. There are plenty of rules about what you should and shouldn’t eat once you’re pregnant, but what if you’re trying to conceive? We now know that what we eat plays a huge role in helping our bodies function properly, and the reproductive system is ... Read More

Dr. Berger’s Corner: Health Topics from the Medical Director of CHA Fertility Center, Los Angeles

February 21, 2018

Dr. Berger’s Corner: Health Topics from the Medical Director of CHA Fertility Center, Los Angeles Male Infertility Although some people still think of fertility as a “woman’s problem,” 33% of infertile couples suffer from male factor infertility. That means it is critical that men get tested for fertility as well as women! It’s also important ... Read More

5 Best Workout Moves to Prepare for a Healthy Pregnancy

February 9, 2018

5 Best Workout Moves to Prepare for a Healthy Pregnancy Get ready for the most physical journey of your life.   Pregnancy is the ultimate workout. It’s more unpredictable than an obstacle course, it lasts longer than a marathon, and it includes a wiggly free weight built to pack on its own pounds (or ounces) ... Read More

Easy-To-Make Meals for Your Pregnancy

February 7, 2018

Easy-To-Make Meals for Your Pregnancy Simple Recipe Ideas for Busy Moms-To-Be   While you’re figuring out the do’s and don’ts of what you should eat while expecting and especially all those foods to avoid during pregnancy, it’s easy to forget that you’ll often feel too tired to get busy in the kitchen – especially during ... Read More

8 Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter

February 2, 2018

8 Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter It takes more than hand-washing. Here’s an easy guide to preventing infection. Now that we’re heading into the season when colds, flu, stomach bugs, and other infections can run rampant, it’s an ideal time to review strategies that can help us stay healthy this winter. Picking up the germs that ... Read More

Top 6 Annoying Pregnancy skin issues and how to deal with them!

January 19, 2018

Top 6 Annoying Pregnancy skin issues and how to deal with them! You may be radiating with excitment, but your pregnancy complexion doesn’t always reflect that inner joy. Skin issues can abound during pregnancy—we’re talking everything from teenage-like acne to stretch marks and strange rashes. Here are some of the most common skin problems women ... Read More

5 Supplements That May Ease PMS Symptoms

January 8, 2018

5 Supplements That May Ease PMS Symptoms Can vitamins and minerals nip premenstrual syndrome symptoms in the bud? Here’s the scoop on supplements being studied in connection with PMS. In the days leading up to their periods, many women experience symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. PMS symptoms vary from woman to woman, but they may ... Read More


December 29, 2017

10 FOODS TO HELP WITH MENSTRUAL CRAMPS You’ve experienced it: cramps running through your abdomen and it seeming like nothing will help. You’ve taken painkillers, you’ve applied heating pads, you’ve spent a whole day in bed watching Netflix. However, have you ever stopped to think that what you eat during your period – and even ... Read More

Exercise and Pregnancy, Dr. Berger’s Corner: Health Topics from the Medical Director of CHA Fertility Center, Los Angeles

December 18, 2017

Dr. Berger’s Corner: Health Topics from the Medical Director of CHA Fertility Center, Los Angeles Exercise and pregnancy Maintaining a regular exercise routine throughout your pregnancy can help you stay healthy and feel your best. Working-out can help improve your posture and decrease some common discomforts such as backaches and fatigue. If you were physically ... Read More

8 Household Products to Avoid When TTC

December 1, 2017

8 Household Products to Avoid When TTC When you’re trying to conceive (TTC), it’s important to reduce your exposure to unnecessary chemicals that affect your fertility. Here are 8 everyday items to avoid.   1OF 8 House Paint Exposure to oil-based paints, paint thinner and painting supplies containing lead or mercury is a no-no when ... Read More

Non-medicated Allergy Treatment at Home

November 22, 2017

Non-medicated Allergy Treatment at Home Are you reluctant to take allergy medications because you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy? Skin allergy symptoms like redness, itching, and swelling often go away on their own in a week or two, with or without treatment. You can do some things to make it more comfortable in non-medicated ... Read More

Vitamin D and Pregnancy, Dr. Berger’s Corner: Health Topics from the Medical Director of CHA Fertility Center, Los Angeles

November 17, 2017

Dr. Berger’s Corner: Health Topics from the Medical Director of CHA Fertility Center, Los Angeles Vitamin D and Pregnancy There has been an enormous amount of publicity surrounding Vitamin D over the past couple of years. In pregnancy, the issues surrounding Vitamin D testing and replacement become critical because there are not one but two ... Read More

Our Medical Director on KCAL 9 Interview to discuss PCOS.

July 6, 2017

Dr. Joshua J. Berger, PhD spoke about the prevalence of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) on KCAL 9 interview.  PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility in women.  Approximately five to ten percent of women of childbearing age have PCOS.  Most women with PCOS don’t even know that they have it.  In fact, less than twenty-five ... Read More

Unexplained Infertility – No One’s Fault!

February 6, 2017

CHA Fertility Center’s Medical Director Dr. Joshua Berger says infertility, including unexplained infertility, is no one’s fault! Many women spend much of their early adult lives trying not to get pregnant. But when you finally do want to start a family and it doesn’t happen right away, it can leave you feeling frustrated. Not to ... Read More

Dr. Berger Talks Infertility Tests with Dr. Babaknia

August 10, 2016

CHA Fertility Center’s Medical Director, Dr. Joshua Berger discusses infertility testing on tonight’s “Fruits of Life” broadcast on Andisheh TV. The legendary Dr. Ari Babaknia interviews Dr. Berger to help others understand the considerations and types of infertility tests available. Viewing Information This limited program can be viewed Wednesdays at 8pm PT the following ways: ... Read More

Dr. Berger Discusses Fertility Issues on Andisheh TV Wednesdays at 8pm PT

August 3, 2016

Starting tonight at 8pm Pacific, Dr. Joshua Berger discusses fertility issues with legendary Dr. Ari Babaknia on Andisheh TV. This special program will run for a limited time. Fertility Issues Dr. Babaknia, one of the first IVF doctors in Orange County, asks our Medical Director fertility questions such as: why infertility seems to be more prevalent in ... Read More

Infertility Affected by Common Food Additives, EWG Warns

July 20, 2016

Several food additives known to possibly affect infertility have been included in the Environment Working Group’s list of top 12 most hazardous additives found in common food products. These common foods include: sausage and lard tortillas muffins potato chips beef jerky convenience foods Infertility and Food Dr. Joshua Berger, CHA Fertility Center’s Medical Director, advises the following: Remember, you ... Read More

US News & World Report Features CHA Fertility Center’s Dr. Berger

July 7, 2016

U.S. News & World Report published an article today highlighting fertility treatment research options and advice from CHA Fertility Center, Los Angeles Medical Director Dr. Joshua Berger. Going through fertility treatment such as IVF can be an emotional and lengthy process. Finding the right fertility center and Reproductive Endocrinologist can make a significant difference not just ... Read More

Embryo Squishiness May Predict IVF Viability

February 26, 2016

Much like choosing a ripe piece of fruit, how ‘squishy’ an embryo is can predict its viability potential for in vitro fertilization (IVF), says a new study published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. The technique of gently squeezing embryos was found to be a more accurate and even earlier way for Stanford and Montana ... Read More

UK Hair Dye Can Harm Fertility or Unborn Child

February 15, 2016

Tesco removed Bigen hair dye from its UK stores after a banned chemical called sodium perborate, which is ‘toxic if inhaled’ and may affect fertility was discovered in it and two other hair care products Blasol and JR Beauty. The European Union’s Rapid Alert System, Rapex, warned that ‘the list of ingredients indicates that the ... Read More


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