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Tips to Enhance Fertility Naturally

Posted on July 24, 2017

Infertility Facts

April 23rd marks the national week devoted to raising awareness around infertility. As health care professionals, it’s important we help break the silence surrounding this disease so we can offer the best treatment to our clients.

Infertility is defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as being unable to conceive after 12 months (or 6 months if over the age of 35) of unprotected sex1. Though infertility affects both male and females, the CDC reports that 6% of married women experience infertility and 12% have difficulty getting and staying pregnant1.

Suffice it to say, it’s likely you or someone you know is or has experienced this condition. As a fertility nutrition author and woman in the trenches of fertility struggles myself, I know how important diet can be in helping you feel more in control of a situation that is so out of your control.

And, in true form to the philosophy behind this blog, there’s research out there to support just how important dietary factors are in helping to achieve a positive outcome.

 

Tips to Enhance Fertility Naturally

3 Tips if you’re trying to conceive… naturally!

  1. Eat your produce.

  • Free radicals are present in the body whether we like it or not, unfortunately. However, increasing intakes of produce  can help rid your body of these bad guys! Plus, studies on males specifically indicate higher intakes of produce can      help achieve better sperm quality for those struggling with infertility3.
  • Recommend a minimum of 1-2 servings with each meal to help meet daily recommended intakes.

 

Tips to Enhance Fertility Naturally

2. Increase whole grain intakes.

  • Unless you’re clients are gluten intolerant, there is no reason to avoid wheat! Research shows that complex carbohydrates actually can help improve implantation rates of females undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)4.
  • Recommend to make most grains whole, like including more quinoa, amaranth, oats and whole wheat products in their diets.

 

Tips to Enhance Fertility Naturally

3. Eat full fat dairy.

  • Research has found that females who ate more full-fat dairy were less likely to experience infertility related to ovulation function that those who consumed low-fat dairy2,5.
  • Why? Well, when fat is removed from milk to create the low-fat and skim varieties, hormones in the milk are altered. No, this has nothing to do with genetic modification! But, more to the fact that the ratio of hormones naturally present in the milk are changed during processing2,5. Again, remember this is for females, not males. Research is still inconclusive regarding male infertility and full fat dairy.

 

  • Recommend to incorporate 1 to 2 servings of full-fat dairy into their balanced meal plan. Remember, full-fat dairy has more calories; so, to promote balanced energy intakes, be sure to make adjustments in other areas of their diet so not to exceed total daily intake requirements.
Tips to Enhance Fertility Naturally

Remember, most importantly, this is a very stressful time! Focus on recommending those stress reducing tips we chatted about here so you can help them achieve their most zen state possible. Trust me, as a HCP and trying to conceive woman, these are crucial steps in helping clients ground themselves while battling this condition.

 

 References:

  1. Center for Disease Control (CDC). Infertility FAQ. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/infertility/. Updated February 2016. Accessed April 2, 2017.
  2. Health Communications Core. Nurses Health Study. http://www.nurseshealthstudy.org/. Updated 2016. Accessed February 15, 2017.
  3. Chiu YH, Afeiche MC, Gaskins AJ, et al. Fruit and vegetable intake and their pesticide residues in relation to semen quality among men from a fertility clinic. Hum Reprod. 2015;30(6):1342–1351.
  4. Gaskins AJ, Chiu YH, Williams PL, et al. Maternal whole grain intake and outcomes of in vitro fertilization. Fertil Steril. 2016; S0015-0282(16)00099-6. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.02.015.
  5. Chavarro JE, Willett WC, Skerrett PJ. The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking research reveals natural ways to boost ovulation and improve your chances of getting pregnant. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2008.
Elizabeth Shaw

About the Author:


Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT | @bumpstobaby @shawsimpleswaps

Liz Shaw is a nutrition communications consultant in San Diego, CA. She owns Shaw’s Simple Swaps and works as a consultant with The a2 Milk Company. She’s a frequent guest on local media discussing nutrition trends and how to lead your healthiest life yet! Stay tuned for Fertility Foods, 2017 ; 100+ Nourishing Recipes to Boost Your Fertility coming soon!

www.shawsimpleswaps.com / www.bumpstobaby.com
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