When we hear the term, "fertility treatment," we tend to think of sophisticated testing, powerful medications and high-tech procedures. The foods and drinks we consume were previously thought to have nothing to do with fertility. The fact that diet could influence fertility was considered to be folktale rather than legitimate medical advice.
The evidence to support that diet plays a crucial role in fertility is increasing. Food and nutrition are not only important when you're pregnant. Your diet plays a vital role, long before conception.
It's important to pay attention to your weight.
Weight, whether too much or too little, is a factor that contributes to both fertility and infertility. Your reproductive system can become irregular if you're overweight or underweight.
Ovaries and fat cells regulate oestrogen. If you're too thin, your body may not produce enough oestrogen. If you're overweight, your body may produce too much.
It's vital that you maintain a healthy body weight and get your reproductive cycle regular. Your body mass index, or BMI, should be between: 19-24. You can have your BMI checked by your doctor.
Harvard School of Public Health monitored 18 000 women over a period of eight years to find out if diet played a role in fertility. Their recently published article found that woman who consumed higher amounts of trans-fats, carbohydrates and animal proteins were more likely to have ovulatory complications.
From this study, researchers concluded that fertility could be improved by amending one's diet.
If you suffer from ovulation problems, it is beneficial to change your eating plan. Key findings suggested the following:
Switch your proteins
Replace animal proteins (beef, pork, chicken, lamb) with vegetable proteins. Cooked dried beans and nuts are a great source of protein.
Add high-fat dairy
Swap your low fat dairy for full fat. Low fat dairy products don’t have high levels of oestrogen and progesterone hormones that help to increase fertility.
Iron supplements, multivitamins and folic acid play an important part in helping prevent ovulation-related infertility.
Caffeine can affect conception and it's worth eliminating it completely from your diet. Perhaps try a decaffeinated alternative, like Rooibos tea. Always remember, moderation is key. Once pregnant, caffeine should be limited. It has been known to cause serious complications and even miscarriages.
If you are struggling to fall pregnant, there are fertility tests that your local doctor can run.
One of the possible complications can be a lack of, or slow moving sperm. One-third of fertility problems come from the male partner. Your doctor can arrange a sperm test and analyse if this may be the problem.
Blood tests can also be done to assess hormone levels in the blood. Hormone imbalances affect the release of the egg into the fallopian tubes. Irregular periods or not having periods can be a result of a hormone imbalance.
When trying to conceive, you need to relieve stresses in your life as much as possible. In another test conducted by Harvard, they discovered that 55% of woman who practiced mind and body programmes got pregnant, as opposed to the 20% who got pregnant without practicing mind and body programmes that can relieve stress.
A healthy habit to adopt could be taking up a yoga or gym class where you can let off some steam. An outlet is important. It is a fact that a stressful life can affect falling pregnant.