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Does infertility treatment affect oral health?

It is very unlikely that infertility treatment itself affects a man or woman's oral health. There is, however, the possibility that oral health affects a woman's fertility. One study showed that women with more gum disease (gingivitis) took a longer time to get pregnant than those without gum disease. While this study only showed a relationship, not causation, it is thought that the inflammation from gum disease leads to a host of medical problems, with infertility just the latest to be correlated.

Research suggests that women who are taking infertility treatments may have more gingivitis and bleeding of the gums compared to women who do not take infertility treatments. Researchers think that the higher levels of progesterone and estrogen are linked to this, since gum tissue contains "high-affinity" estrogen receptors.

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