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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Women who eat less saturated fat have a smaller chance of becoming pregnant

This post includes a summary of a paper published in Fertility and Sterility 1990 Oct;54(4):632-7

Study title and authors:
High dietary fiber and low saturated fat intake among oligomenorrheic undergraduates.
Snow RC, Schneider JL, Barbieri RL.
Department of Population Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.

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Oligomenorrhea is infrequent or light menstruation, with only four to nine periods in a year. Because they are ovulating less women with oligomenorrhea  have a smaller chance of becoming pregnant.

This study evaluated the nutrient intake, in 35 eumenorrheic (normal menstruation), 11 mildly oligomenorrheic, and 10 oligomenorrheic nonathletic undergraduate women.

Oligomenorrheic women were found to consume significantly more dietary fiber, crude fiber, and polyunsaturated fat, and significantly less saturated fat than women with normal menstruation.

Snow concluded: "The data suggest that higher intake of fiber and lower intake of saturated fat may be associated with oligomenorrhea among otherwise healthy undergraduate nonathletic women".