Infertility is diagnosed when the couple have been trying to conceive for 12 months or more without success. It is important in that case to seek the help of fertility specialist to know the cause of infertility. While certainly diet is not a direct cause, preconception nutrition research has shown that healthy foods are tied to fertility health in both women and men. What we eat might affect negatively or positively the chances of conceiving. Unfortunately nutrition is still given little importance when couples consult for infertility.
There is a growing body of evidence establishing the relationship between placental development, fetal growth, pregnancy outcomes and adequate nutrition. In fact, groundbreaking research from the Nurses’ Health Study indicates that various components of diet, from fats to beverages, can help women avoid one of the most common causes of infertility – ovulatory infertility.
Moreover, a lot of new emerging studies are highlighting the role of nutrients and antioxidant in proper sperm development and that nutrition and lifestyle factors play a critical role in the normal function of the reproductive system. Semen quality has been on the decline over the past few decades. Many reasons explain this decline of which have to do with environmental and dietary factors unique to the modern age. Extensive research in the last decade has led to the identification of oxidation stress as a possible cause of male infertility. In addition, overweight and obesity have been linked with low semen quality. Research have shown that weight loss as little as 5 % of body weight can have a significant impact on both partners fertility and on fertility treatments success.
How I will proceed to help you:
I will start by conducting a full nutritional assessment for the couple, and follow ups will depend on the problem and the need. A detailed tailored plan will be provided focusing on dietary habits to optimize fertility. I will guide you and your partner on:
- Improve egg and sperm quality
- Pre-conception essential nutrients to include in the daily diet
- Reduce inflammation to increase chances of implanation and pregnancy
- Supplement specific for fertility
- Food myth related to infertility