Blood Type O May Hurt Fertility

Study links blood type A to higher egg count, better eggs
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 25, 2010 7:11 AM CDT
Blood type O may make conception more difficult, a study suggests.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Women with type O blood may have more difficulty conceiving a child as they get older, a new study suggests. Researchers tested a group of 560 women seeking fertility treatment whose average age was slightly under 35, and found that those with type O blood had fewer and poorer-quality eggs than other women. Type A women, meanwhile, had more and better quality eggs, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Type O women were found to be more likely to have higher levels of follicle stimulating hormone; fertility experts link elevated FSH levels to lower egg counts. “Those with blood type O were twice as likely to have an FSH level over 10”—at which point it is considered raised—“than those with blood types other than O,” said a researcher. “We found that women with the A blood group gene were protected from this effect." The findings could indicate that women with type O blood should try to get pregnant earlier rather than later.

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