Fertility (female)

GOOD NUTRITION HELPS FERTILITY

Studies conducted in the US on a ‘fertility diet’ are showing that women who adhere to a specific diet and maintain a healthy weight, improve their likelihood of successfully conceiving.

When infertile women followed the diet, along with physical activity and weight control, pregnancy was more likely in women who had trouble ovulating. Insulin resistance, present in many overweight women, affects their ability to ovulate. The researchers studied the fertility and conception rates of 17,000 women over a period of eight years.

The more the women stuck to their diet, the more likely they were to become pregnant. Both high Body Mass Index (BMI) and low BMI are a problem, but until recently, there haven’t been any dietary guidelines for these women. Now, diet and lifestyle strategies are another approach before trying assisted conception techniques.

The vice-president of the Fertility Society of Australia Dr Devora Lieberman has described the findings as “very exciting.”

The themes of the ‘fertility diet’ are

  • Eating the right kinds of fats – low trans fats as in fast foods, processed foods and margarine and more monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil.
  • Lower intake of animal protein
  • More vegetable protein (nuts, seeds, peas, beans and lentils)
  • More fibre, as in whole grain cereals
  • Less processed grains and low glycaemic carbohydrates
  • Full cream, not reduced fat dairy products
  • More iron containing foods
  • Taking nutritional supplements like multivitamins. (This was recently shown on ABC television’s ‘Catalyst’ where infertile couples were given antioxidants that significantly improved fertility!)

 

These types of studies are the beginning of what promises to be many similar studies that we can look forward to.

For many years infertile couples have sought treatment from us to improve their general health so that they can conceive. The very first line of treatment is to assess the woman’s nutritional status, adjust the diet and provide nutritional supplements where necessary. The nutritional status of the male partner is also assessed, to improve quality and the motility of sperm.

The wonderful aspect of approaching infertility from the natural perspective is that couples can start improving their health straight away, without the need for expensive fertility treatments and medications.

 

For wmen wishing to discuss the natural options, please talk to us about our  four month fertility programme .

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