Can Diet Impact Fertility?

Can Diet Impact Fertility?

Whether you’ve just started the exciting journey toward conceiving and having a baby or you’re struggling with infertility, it’s always smart to be conscious of what you eat. While you may have never considered how the buns you put into your mouth affect your potential buns in the oven, they do.

Peter L. Chang, MD, director of Noble Fertility Center, believes that the best way to improve your fertility is to become as healthy as possible. Even though he's an expert at treating infertility at our Murray Hill offices in Manhattan, New York, he also hopes to help women and men improve their fertility through healthy lifestyle choices.

Yes, your diet can impact fertility. Here, we’ve assembled a short guide to help you get started on improving your chances of conceiving. These recommendations aren’t just for women, by the way. Men’s fertility benefits from healthy eating, too. 

Raid your pantry

Just as you need to safeguard your home when you have a little one by blunting sharp corners and blocking off electrical outlets, you should prepare your home for increased fertility. That means going through your pantry and refrigerator with a garbage bag, disposing of items that lack nutritional value.

Multiple studies have shown that saturated fats and sugars have negative effects on fertility in both women and men. Work to remove the following items from your diet:

That last one may surprise you, but there’s a good reason to avoid concentrated soy products when you're trying to become pregnant: They contain phytoestrogens, which could throw off your hormonal balance.

Stock up on healthy, natural foods

Whether you want to improve your fertility, your health, or both (they’re connected!), eating more of the right foods lowers inflammation and gives your cells and organs — including your ovaries — the energy and nutrients they need to function optimally.

Following a healthy diet plan such as the Mediterranean Diet — which emphasizes plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meats, seafood, and grains — is an easy way to ensure you get the nutrition you need. If you want to custom-design your diet, make sure you get plenty of:

To super-charge fertility, you and your partner should eat at least 2-3 servings per week of low-mercury seafood, which is rich in anti-inflammatory and fertility-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Also, women should take a prenatal vitamin that contains at least 400 mcg of folic acid per day as well as plenty of B vitamins.

If, despite your best dietary efforts, you still have trouble getting pregnant, contact us about infertility evaluation and treatment today. You can reach our helpful staff at Noble Fertility Center by calling our office or using our online booking tool.

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