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Does Diet Affect Fertility?

Does Diet Affect Fertility?

When you’re trying to get pregnant, you need to be aware of all the different things that can affect fertility. If you’re falling into bad habits, or leaving a health condition untreated that could affect your chances of getting pregnant, then you need to take action, but you can’t choose effective action if you’re not informed about all these factors.

Today OvuSense is taking a look at your diet and fertility, to help you make the key choices you need to conceive.

Diet and Fertility

The first thing to note is that yes: your diet does affect your fertility, and very directly! Your fertility is dramatically influenced by the nutrients in your diet, because it is these nutrients that form the building blocks of sperm, that help eggs mature, that are used to govern conditions in the uterus and that regulate the menstrual cycle.

If you’re not getting enough zinc in your diet, for example, sperm count and motility can drop, meaning fewer sperm with less chance of reaching the egg to fertilise it. In women, zinc helps to improve the health of eggs, meaning they have a better chance of being fertilised successfully. The body does not store zinc, so if you don’t have it in your diet regularly, your fertility will be adversely affected.

Health Issues

Your diet can interact with your general state of health to have a greater impact on your fertility. Some health issues – or the medication you take to treat them – can affect how effectively your body can absorb and use certain nutrients, which can cause a decline in your chances to conceive. Some health issues directly cause negative fertility effects which you can mitigate by changes to your diet.

Normal Circumstances

If you have no health issues that could interact with your diet or fertility, and generally eat a varied and balanced healthy diet, you should get the majority of the nutrients you need to maintain your fertility. The one supplement doctors would unhesitatingly recommend to all women trying to conceive is folate, but that doesn’t contribute to fertility: it’s important for the health of the foetus, and to avoid spina bifada.

Getting Specific

If you do suspect your fertility is being affected and you need to either adjust your diet, or supplement it, it’s important to be specific about how you’re affected and what to do about it, or you could find yourself spending a lot on treatments that don’t actually help.

If you have PCOS, for example, you could find it very helpful to supplement your diet with additional Inositol – a compound that helps your body use insulin effectively, which can, in turn, drive down the symptoms of the syndrome. If you don’t, then taking this supplement is nothing more than a waste of time and money.

Set up an appointment with your doctor or fertility specialist, so you can understand just how your diet affects your fertility, and you can take steps tailored to help you.

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