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Fighting infertility in women with the right diet



Do you know that as a woman, your diet can keep you from getting pregnant? Infertility is one of the major challenges faced in the modern world today and the quality of one’s diet plays a major role when it comes to having a healthy body as well as a healthy reproductive system. The essential building blocks for hormones are found in the foods consumed daily. Also, the antioxidants which help to protect the egg from free radicals are also found in the foods that are consumed as well. Just as nutrients in food can be helpful for fertility, there are some foods and chemicals additives in foods that can be harmful for your health and fertility.

Infertility defined by the World Health Organization is “A disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.”

An estimated 34 million women, predominantly from developing countries have infertility challenges which resulted from maternal sepsis and unsafe abortion (long-term maternal morbidity resulting in a disability). Infertility in women was ranked the 5th highest serious global disability (among populations under the age of 60). There are two types of infertility that may occur in women:

Primary infertility
This happens when a woman is unable to ever bear a child, either due to the inability to become pregnant or the inability to carry a pregnancy to a live birth. Primary infertility may also include when women spontaneously miscarry their pregnancy or give birth to still born.

Secondary infertility
This happens when a woman is unable to bear a child, either due to the inability to become pregnant or the inability to carry a pregnancy to a live birth following a previous pregnancy or a previous ability to carry a pregnancy to a live birth. Secondary infertility may also refer to those who can no longer carry a pregnancy to a live birth (those who repeatedly spontaneously miscarry or whose pregnancy results in a stillbirth) following a previous ability to do so.

However, some factors may affect the fertility rate experienced in women. These factors include:

Factors that can affect the fertility rate in women
Age: The age of a woman affects the fertility rate of that woman and this fertility rate starts to drop after the age of 32 years old and more.

Obesity or being overweight: This is one of the principal causes affecting the fertility rate in women. Obesity or being overweight is often found to affect the fertility rate due to the presence of high levels of cholesterol and fatty tissues in obese women.

Eating disorders: Eating disorders may affect the fertility rate in women. Women who become seriously underweight as a result of an eating disorder may have problems of being fertile. It is advisable to stop eating disorders and adopt a proper healthy diet routine/plan.

Being vegan: If a woman is a strict vegan she must ensure to take the adequate amounts of iron, folic acid, zinc and vitamin B-12, otherwise her fertility may become affected.

Smoking: Smoking significantly increases the risk of infertility in women and may also undermine the effects of fertility treatment. If a woman smokes even while she’s pregnant, there is a greater likelihood of her losing the pregnancy (miscarriage).

Consumption of Alcohol: A woman’s fertility rate or even pregnancy can be seriously affected by any amount of alcohol consumption.

Sexually transmitted infection’s (STI’s): STIs are another major problem that affects the fertility rate in women. Some of them may cause infertility in women, for example: chlamydia can damage the fallopian tubes. Routine checks should be done and it should be treated as early as possible to prevent further damage of the reproductive organs.

Exposure to chemicals: Exposure to chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, metals (lead) and solvents have been linked to fertility problems in both women and men.

Over-exercising or not exercising at all: Exercise is good but too much or too little or the absence of it may not be beneficial. It has been said that a woman who exercises for more than seven hours in a week may have ovulation problems. Also not exercising at all or living a sedentary lifestyle may sometimes be linked to lower fertility in both women and men.

Mental stress: Studies have shown that female ovulation and sperm production may be affected by mental stress. If at least one partner is stressed it is possible that the frequency of sexual intercourse is less, which may result in a lower chance of conception.

Practicing a combination of good healthy lifestyle by changing specific aspects of one’s diets, exercising appropriately, taking out time to rest, avoiding smoking and alcohol consumption can help reduce the relative risk of infertility. It is also advisable to eat foods that contain less trans-fat and sugar from carbohydrates, eat more protein from vegetables than from animals, eat more fiber and iron, take more multivitamins, exercise adequately daily and maintain a lower body mass index (BMI).

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  • Lyndsey Harper

    We’re on our ttc journey and I realized we’re not eating the right diet so we’re having a lifestyle change and hopefully, that will help boost our chances. So far, still a negative result on my free conceiveeasy pt. Hope it’ll happen for us soon.

  • Brittany Murdock

    I agree with proper diet, you can increase your chances of getting pregnant because I one is overweight, it causes infertility.
    Now that we are trying to get pregnant with baby#2, I just got some free ovulation from ttckit. Hope to get a positive result soon.

  • Emma

    Infertility is rather complex problem. The whole organism is very important. All details and aspects of the body is extremely important. The same can be said about fertility health. Many things can influence it. Diet, style of life, ecology, habits, rest and so on. Today people very often forget about simple things like food or rest. Meanwhile they are extremely important
    for normal health condition. Thus, people face with infertility. They cannot understand why it happened.

  • Ruth

    Yes, diet is very important. But, you know, many women don’t realize it. Very often people don’t think about it until some illness comes. It is interesting how nutrition can affect fertility. I read certain food can increase male fertility. It is sea food it seems. As of women it is interesting what products can be useful. And as of vegan for example I agree. I always wonder how such people receive all needed vitamins and minerals.

  • Patricia

    There are many infertile women nowadays. Unfortunately, the reality is such. A great number of women all over the world cannot conceive naturally. But, there are so many fertility clinics and methods they offer. I suppose now women remember about this fact. Thus, they just know any time they can address clinic. And it will help in any way. Surrogacy and egg donation are very popular today. Such procedures are popular in most countries. Facing infertility people just open notebook and look for good clinic. And they find it for sure. Today Ukraine gains momentum in the ART sphere. Foreigners from all Europe go there. There people legally can have any ART procedure. So, they can be quite towards their diet and whether it is useful or not. In any case, doctors will help to solve the problem.