Making decisions about your diet and fertility can be overwhelming. With so much information available, it's hard to know where to start. What's more, our bodies are constantly changing, so what works for one woman may not work for another.
Nutrition, lifestyle and our environment play a huge role in fertility, starting from the impact on the quality of eggs, to female hormones and ovulation, which is an essential part of a menstrual cycle for fertility. Additionally, nutrition affects the health of the baby, from the embryo stage right through to birth. By making healthy choices and being aware of these potential impacts, couples can give themselves the best possible chance for a successful pregnancy.
Difficulties conceiving is a growing and incredibly painful issue for many. While there are many possible causes, the most common cause of infertility is problems with the ovulation process. In order to conceive, a woman must release a mature egg from her ovary, and that egg must then be fertilised by a sperm cell. If any part of this process is disrupted, it can lead to difficulty conceiving. Ovulation disorders are responsible for 30-40% of all cases of infertility, making it the most common cause of difficulty conceiving. High body weight, PCOS, irregular periods and functional hypothalamic amenorrhoea are all associated with ovulation disorders.
Nutrition and lifestyle choices play a key role in improving egg quality, ovulation and supporting a healthy pregnancy. Getting the right balance in terms of caloric intake and diet composition, which includes vitamins, protein, fats, carbohydrates, as well as the mineral content are especially vital in this context. In addition to dietary considerations, lifestyle factors such as stress levels, exercise and sleep habits also play a role in female fertility. Consideration of environmental toxins and minimising the exposure to the ones that have been linked with infertility and increased risk of miscarriage is key. Managing all of these factors can help to improve fertility and increase the chances of conception. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to fertility treatment, but a holistic approach that takes into account all of these factors is likely to be most successful.