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KrysTTC Posted: 01-28-2010 10:14 PM

Has any one else heard peas can cause infertility? I had one of those advertisements that show up on TCOYF claim you can get pregnant within 60 days following her E-mails so I signed up for it and she mentioned avoiding peas! And a lot of websites I looked at confirm this (granted you know how the internet can be - one says one thing, one says another).

Even a few books mention it! "[Some foods] may delay or in some cases even prevent you from conceiving,” writes Niels Lauersen, MD, PhD & Colette Bouchez in Getting Pregnant. “One of these foods is peas, and its history as an antifertility food goes back at least as far as 1949.”

A natural chemical in peas (m-xylohydroquinone) can stop you from getting pregnant – and peas are being studied as a possible natural contraceptive"

Who knew even foods could cause us hassle?!?!

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firespirit replied on 01-29-2010 12:13 AM

I think I read that for the first time on this site somewhere.

 

My mom wanted me to make peas for this past Thanksgiving, after I read that on here I told her I wasn't making peas.

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KrysTTC replied on 01-29-2010 12:21 AM

Sad thing is I really love peas :(

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greeniepea replied on 01-29-2010 6:59 AM

Bummer!  I ate them last night! 

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KrysTTC replied on 01-29-2010 10:33 AM

greeniepea:

Bummer!  I ate them last night! 

Quick! Change your name!! LOL sorry just noticed it was in your user name too ;) I know it's a real downer, I eat them quite frequently *especially* when I make chicken or turkey pot pies... which is what I was going to do this weekend. The things we go through to get pregnant :( I guess giving up peas isn't as bad as some things.. but now I wonder how much of an indent peas has on fertility since I've had issues and love them.

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greeniepea replied on 01-29-2010 10:56 AM

Maybe I should change my name! 

I never know what to do, or how far to take things in regards to what is healthy for fertility.  I still have a couple of coffees a week, I take my prenatal vitamins, try to drink lots of water, etc.  But I wonder if I should go all out....cut the coffee (it really wouldn't be that big a deal for me), get on every pill known to womankind to enhance fertility, etc.  I just don't' know!  We are dealing with MFI so it seems futile.  But then again if it means my eggs will stay 'good' for longer, it is definitely worth it. 

DH still drinks coffee sporadically.  Like a couple days without any and then a whole pot in half a day.  (It is because of work....but still!)

Ok, so I just hijacked the pea thread....it must be in the name! Laugh

 

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KrysTTC replied on 01-29-2010 11:14 AM

I don't mind you hijacking it! LOL. I understand how you feel - I just wonder if I should go all out. I slacked off on the pills for the longest time and know i need to get back on. I still want my husband checked out but he's a little slacky when it comes to getting a semen analysis done. Men! Haha. It's hard to figure out what will make all the difference in getting pregnant or not!

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greeniepea replied on 01-29-2010 11:27 AM

At least my DH was really good about going for the SA's.  And it wasn't a big hit to his ego or anything when they came back terrible.  He does want kids really bad, but he is not the uptight sort.  That job is for me I guess!  (and I take it seriously!)

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KrysTTC replied on 01-29-2010 11:42 AM

greeniepea:

At least my DH was really good about going for the SA's.  And it wasn't a big hit to his ego or anything when they came back terrible.  He does want kids really bad, but he is not the uptight sort.  That job is for me I guess!  (and I take it seriously!)

LOL I know about being uptight! I'm wound up a lot half the time. I honestly think that's why my husband let me get a camera! I think mine is nervous it's him and doesn't want to feel like the loser (umm, hello it's a better chance it's me since I have PCOS, IR and am overweight) but yeah I've got to get him in if we want to continue forward into medical help. But... do I have to give up my peas?! lol.

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ThreePrinces replied on 01-29-2010 12:05 PM

ha, funny to see this today.  Yesterday I was reading online about grapefruit juice and saw someone mention peas as being bad for fertility.  ::sigh::  I love peas, eat them all the time.  But it seems that no matter what dietary changes I make, nothing happens, so.  Whatever.  Laugh

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mamawannabe replied on 01-29-2010 12:12 PM

I've heard of this too.  I saw a homeopathic doctor about taking some chinese herbs/roots drink and she told me to avoid peas. 

I quit coffee two weeks ago and I'm so surprised that I'm doing okay so far.  Usually I get headaches but it's been okay. 

 

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KrysTTC replied on 01-29-2010 12:15 PM

Isn't it amazing the foods we find out that aren't healthy for fertility? I guess I never expected peas could cause any issues! I guess the next question one asks is *how much* of an impact does it cause on fertility? I guess one never truly knows but can take means to avoid the item to see the difference. I wonder how often a person has to eat it to cause infertility issues?

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greeniepea replied on 01-29-2010 12:32 PM

Ok, I am off peas then....after I finish the ones in the fridge.  Zip it!

Well maybe I should throw them out now. Is it supposed to be bad for male and female fertility?  And is it all the different types...canned sweet, fresh snow, snap, etc?

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KrysTTC replied on 01-29-2010 1:00 PM

Honestly I'm not sure on the different types! Of course another web site I go to says peas are good for fertility because of their beta-cerotene! If only these websites would get their facts 100% straight so we could stop having to figure out what causes infertility and what we have to avoid. All I can find on the peas subject is the basic, "have been linked to infertility; they seem to contain a national contraceptive (m-xylohydroquinine) which interferes with estrogen and progestrone: In a study of rats fed 20% of their diet in peas, litter sizes were reduced and 30% had no offspring".

I'm assuming it'd be in relation to all types of peas.

However I did find:

"A chemical in peas have anti-fertility effects for both men and women. Scientists discovered that the birth rate in Tibet was considerably lower than other parts of the world. The cause was found to be peas, a staple food for the population. In clinical trails performed in the USA women were given the chemical (in capsule form) found in peas and pregnancies dropped by 60%. In men sperm rates were slashed by 50% too."

Wow. Good to know... wonder how many men and women were in this study?

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mamawannabe replied on 01-29-2010 1:06 PM

wow, those stats are pretty significant.  thanks for looking that up for us.  i'm guessing it's just best to not eat peas at all.  i love peas but DH hates them so they are never on our plate anyway.  Yes

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Me:  I've got 3 gorgeous polyps ... removed Nov. 2010

DH:  low count and motility

IUI #1 on May 19, 2010 = BFN

IUI #2 on January 31, 2011 ... 9 million sperm pre-wash, 4.3 million post-wash, only 26% progressive motility = BFN

IUI #3 on March 3rd and 4th ... Tamoxifen CD 3-7 ... CD11 ultrasound showed 1 follicle @ 14 mm, and 1 follicle at 11mm.  CD 14 ultrasound showed 1 follicle @ 25.5 mm; HCG shot CD14 with IUI 12 hours later (2.6 million post-wash, 27% progressive motility), another IUI 36 hours later (2 million sperm post-wash, only 16% progressive motility) = BFN

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KrysTTC replied on 01-29-2010 1:14 PM

Yeah as much as I like them it's always good to know what to avoid! Guess I'll start making turkey/chicken pot pies without peas now! Hmm wonder what I could add to them now that won't cause fertility issues? LOL.

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March 7th -  BPM was 167, 18w4d showed all BOY! Baby Boy EDD August 4th, 2011

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dj rayne replied on 01-29-2010 1:18 PM

Now are we talking green,black-eye, crowder,pink, field,cow,pigeon..............

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KrysTTC replied on 01-29-2010 1:26 PM

dj rayne:

Now are we talking green,black-eye, crowder,pink, field..............

That part I'm not sure about. I'm still searching for the specifics in it, but can't seem to find it yet.

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March 7th -  BPM was 167, 18w4d showed all BOY! Baby Boy EDD August 4th, 2011

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dj rayne replied on 01-29-2010 2:25 PM

Don't have to my Ag books were a wealth of info(just a pain to dig out) and drumroll please.... the culprit is Pisum sativum or in everyday language we are talking - green peas, yellow peas, split peas, sugar peas, snow peas and snap peas. I'm happily left with all the rest. Hope this helps end any confusion and it looks like you would have to consume quite a bit to have an effect. Kind of like the broccoli and DIM relationship. So unless they are a part of your everyday diet and you are eating them by the pound, Enjoy!

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firespirit replied on 01-29-2010 2:26 PM

OH SUCK!!!

 

I totally forgot sugar snap peas and snow peas are a type of pea!!!!!

 

HAHAHAHAHA oops!

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