Health Outcomes - Infertility

Infertility affects men and women equally. A number of factors can contribute to infertility, but some, such as diet, are within our control.

The link between healthy eating and fertility

Healthy eating can prepare women’s bodies for pregnancy, and it also can affect fertility in ways that are not yet clear. Healthy body weight and physical activity levels also play a role. Being too heavy or too light is not good for fertility. Couples can't control all the causes of infertility, but they can control their diets. Both partners should consume a nutrient-rich diet and control their weight. These actions can have a significant impact on the ability to conceive.

Make calories count by eating nutrient-rich foods. Reduce intake of added sugars found in regular soda, sweets and baked goods. Every bite of food should have the most number and highest amounts of essential nutrients with the least amount of calories. Getting an adequate amount of iron lowers infertility risk. Women need this essential nutrient each day. Be sure to get folic acid as well daily to prevent birth defects. The right diet can lower infertility rates by more than 60%. Foods should be low in trans fats and included healthy fats (monounsaturated) like those found in olive oil. Include low-fat dairy proteins and fiber.