Center for Reproductive and Fetal Medicine



What exactly is Chrome?


Chromium is an important trace element that the body needs. Since the body does not produce it, chromium must be obtained through food or through a dietary supplement.

Chromium is important for various functions in the body. It is part of a molecule called Chromodulin, which helps the hormone insulin perform its role. Chromium supports the role of insulin, which is a hormone that is critical for the absorption and storage of glucose (blood sugar). Chromium works with insulin to help the body use blood sugar and can also help with the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Chromium helps maintain normal blood sugar (which can help reduce cravings for sugar) and insulin levels and also helps maintain adequate cholesterol levels.


Chrome and fertility

Chromium can help improve fertility in people with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), as it is believed to help lower insulin levels and, as a result, lower testosterone levels. Insulin resistance is a key condition in PCOS and contributes significantly to the hormonal imbalances that cause many of the symptoms of PCOS.

Good chromium food sources include:

  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Green beans
  • Bananas
  • Beer yeast
  • Oysters
  • Whole grains
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Lean meat
  • Cheese
  • Black pepper
  • Thyme

Since B vitamins and vitamin C can also help increase the absorption of chromium you are taking, it may also be worthwhile to increase your intake of these essential vitamins!


Please note: If you follow a good diet rich in nutrients with lots of fruits and vegetables-you should get enough chromium every day. It is always a good idea to consult your doctor to take chromium supplements before conception. 


* The content on this blog is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health care providers with questions you may have about medical conditions.


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The association of IVF drugs with cancer risk is a major concern for women enrolled in these programs. But the plethora of bibliographic reports collected from credible scientific studies and published in reputable medical journals worldwide are reassuring and do not confirm this concern.

Of course not. In about a third of cases, infertility is due to the woman (female factor), while in a third of cases, it is due to the man (male factor). The remaining one-third is due to both (both men and women) or even to unknown factors.

The quantity and quality of a man's sperm can be affected by his health and lifestyle. Some factors that can reduce the quantity and / or quality of sperm are:

  • the alcohol
  • drugs
  • environmental toxins, including pesticides and lead
  • smoking
  • health problems
  • medicines
  • radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  • the age

Success rates vary at each IVF Center. Very important factors are also the age of the woman, the levels of her hormones and of course the sperm of the husband. Rates generally range from 45% or slightly higher for women up to 35 years old.

Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after one year (or 6 months, if it is a woman over 35) with normal, regular sexual intercourse. In other words, when a year passes without the woman becoming pregnant, the couple should consult their doctor to determine the cause of the pregnancy and then treat it. We must all, however, be aware and not forget that the age factor is the most critical for female fertility and that the individualized approach of each couple is the "golden key" that solves the problem.

The number of treatment cycles a woman can undergo is not specified. It is certain that in our country there are high level obstetricians-gynecologists and organized infertility treatment centers, which offer impeccable medical services at this level. If there are correct indications (eg ovaries that respond to stimulation therapy, good quality endometrium, etc.) the success rate -especially with the use of newer techniques and biotechnological drugs, which show increased bioactivity compared to conventional drugs from urine- totals approximately 65%-70% after 4 cycles of treatment.

At the Center for Reproductive Medicine of Dr. Traianos we offer egg / sperm cryopreservation services for those who have a personal or medical reason and need this service. We use the most modern vitrification technique in the freezing of sperm and eggs.

The collection of eggs takes 10-15 minutes, it is not painful, it is done under intoxication and after the end of the process you return to your activities.

In general, experts agree that the fact that a couple has already had a child can be considered evidence that there is no infertility problem in the first place. It is like a small test that has been done and proves that they "succeeded" at least once. On the other hand, we need to know that in the meantime things may have changed and a problem may have arisen (eg the man may have had some inflammation that affects the quality of his sperm or has mediated something that affects female fertility: an inflammation, a gynecological surgery, an abortion, etc.). In any case, if a reasonable period of time (one year) passes and a couple can not achieve a pregnancy, then he should with the help of his doctor investigate if there has been a problem that causes infertility.