The Environmental Factors That Could Lead to Miscarriage with Dr. Dana McQueen and Dr. Audrey Gaskins
The Egg Whisperer Show
In today's Egg Whisperer Show podcast, I'm joined by Dr. Dana McQueen and Dr. Audrey Gaskins. Dr. Gaskins is an assistant professor at Emory University, where she studies the relationship between the environment and fertility in both men and women. This episode, which is part of a recurrent pregnancy loss series, is focusing on the environmental factors that can play a role in miscarriage. We'll be sharing all sorts of great evidence based information on pesticides, organic food, pollution, and endocrine disrupting chemicals. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more fertility tips! Join Egg Whisperer School Checkout the podcast Subscribe to the newsletter to get updates Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh is one of America’s most well known fertility doctors. Her success rate at baby-making is what gives future parents hope when all hope is lost. She pioneered the TUSHY Method and BALLS Method to decrease your time to pregnancy. Learn more about the TUSHY Method and find a wealth of fertility resources at www.draimee.org.
Ep 7 // Dr. Audrey Gaskins ScD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health (and a prolific researcher in reproductive health and environmental epidemiology), discusses her personal journey into motherhood as a career-driven academic scientist. She describes navigating a modern-day approach to raising her son with a nanny, who provides flexibility for the advancement of her and her husband’s careers. She details the feeling of unconditional love for her son, Charlie, and her unique and close knit relationships with her siblings and family, comprised of incredibly strong women such as her mother and older sister (each with healthcare backgrounds) and her paternal grandmother (the OG Dr. Gaskins). Influenced by her parents’ divorce and witnessing (and experiencing) ongoing changes and growth in who we are as people throughout adulthood, she discusses qualities that she would like to pass on as a mother, qualities she looked for in a partner, and her desire to set an example for her children of how to show love and to have an emotionally mature adult relationship. In addition, I discuss my own experience with thinking about breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma related to my parents’ experiences as Vietnam War refugees and boat people and the legacy of qualities that I would like to pass on or end. I dedicate this episode to my friend, Victoria Ho, who inspired this episode focused on motherhood; my brother, Viet VoPham, who has a context of me that no one else has because of the environment of our upbringing; and my husband, Matt Weaver, who supports my exploration in trying to break the cycle.
In this podcast, Audrey Gaskins, an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the prestigious Emory University, discusses the causes of abnormal sperm morphology, normal sperm motility, and semen quality in men. Gaskins has devoted much of her intensive research time to studying the connections between dietary, environmental, and various lifestyle factors with regard to fertility and fecundity in both the sexes. Gaskins is a prolific publisher, and has published on multiple topics, including the benefits of folic acid, exceeding levels far above the recommendations as it pertains to the possible prevention of anovulation and incident pregnancy loss, etc. Gaskins’ current NIH grant work is primarily research to study the significant interactions between air pollution, diet, and fertility in women. Gaskins discusses semen quality in men, and she explains that male semen quality is on the decline around the world. She explains the types of factors that may play a role in the decline of sperm count, and she gives special attention to lifestyle and environmental exposures, etcetera, in her detailed analysis. Gaskins provides a thorough overview of fertility in detail, discussing DNA fragmentation and genetics, and she provides information on how they select semen samples for their studies. In this podcast: The possible environmental factors impacting semen quality Why semen quality is decreasing around the world How age may play a role in semen quality
Fertility Fundamentals – Audrey Gaskins, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology at Emory University – Studying Semen Quality and Fertility Issues
Finding Genius Podcast
Audrey Gaskins, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology at Emory University, delivers an interesting overview of normal sperm motility, causes of abnormal sperm morphology, and the various factors involved with fertility and semen quality. Gaskins’ extensive research has focused heavily upon the connections between environmental, dietary, and lifestyle factors with fertility and fecundity in women and men. She has published on the many benefits of folic acid, exceeding levels well above the current recommendations, in regard to preventing anovulation and incident pregnancy loss as well as boosting the success probability of infertility treatment. She is currently working on an NIH grant that is primarily focused on extending her research to study the possible interactions between diet, air pollution, and fertility among groups of women. Gaskins talks about semen quality in men, and some research has shown that male semen quality globally is on the decline, which is of course an area of concern for researchers. She talks about the possible factors that could play a role in the decline in sperm count, discussing lifestyle and environmental exposures, etc. She discusses fertility in detail, and her interests have driven her to study men because men have been understudied in this regard she states. She talks about DNA fragmentation and genetics, in regard to her studies. The professor goes on to discuss how age plays a role and factors into their studies. She talks about semen samples that they study and how they collect information on important variables that could be determinants in studies. And Gaskins discusses seasonal impacts, and other possible pollutants, etc. that could impact semen quality. In this podcast: What environmental factors could impact semen quality? Reasons that semen quality could be decreasing globally Does age play a role in semen quality?
Audrey Gaskins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. Gaskins earned her doctoral degree in nutrition and epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2014. This training was preceded by a two-year fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in engineering from Duke University in 2008. Dr. Gaskins’s research is aimed at elucidating how environmental, dietary, and lifestyle factors experienced throughout the life course influence a couple’s ability to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy to term. Over the past decade, she has published over 100 articles on how diet and lifestyle factors affect semen quality, menstrual cycle function, time to pregnancy, miscarriage, and outcomes of assisted reproduction using a variety of population based studies. Her research has been cited over 1,500 times and resulted in numerous awards including multiple NIEHS Top 10 Extramural Science Papers of the Year and the Best New Researcher Award from the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology. In April 2017, Dr. Gaskins received a prestigious 5-year career development award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to further her research on how exposure to environmental chemicals such as air pollution interact with dietary factors to influence a couple’s fertility. In addition to her research endeavors, Dr. Gaskins teaches courses ranging from research methods to nutrition and health and devotes a significant amount of time to mentoring students and fellows at Emory and Emory-affiliated hospitals. She is the current chair of the Nutrition Special Interest Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and on the editorial board for Fertility & Sterility, one of the leading academic journals of reproductive medicine. What does the research say about the recent rise in infertility? What are the dietary and environmental factors contributing to fertility and healthy pregnancy? Dr. Gaskins answers these and many other questions in this interview. Tune in to learn more! Dr. Gaskins profile: https://sph.emory.edu/faculty/profile/index.php?FID=10025 Recent papers by Dr. Gaskins: Gaskins AJ, Chavarro JE. Diet and fertility: a review. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Apr;218(4):379-389 Gaskins AJ, Nassan FL, Chiu YH, Arvizu M, Williams PL, Keller MG, Souter I, Hauser R, Chavarro JE; EARTH Study Team. Dietary patterns and outcomes of assisted reproduction. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Jun;220(6):567 Twitter: @audreyjane4