In the last 20 years, fertility problems have increased. It is estimated that around 25% of couples are turning to fertility treatments to help them have a family. After spending many years trying to avoid getting pregnant many assume that conceiving is a piece of cake. Quite often this isn’t the case. Fertility and speed of conception can depend on many things including your nutritional status.
Most experts define infertility as not being able to get pregnant after one year of trying. There is much that can be done to improve your fertility and chance of conceiving with nutrition, supplements and lifestyle changes. For example some nutrients can have the following effects:
- Certain fats can balance hormone levels.
- Some foods can improve the quality of a woman’s eggs.
- Zinc can increase sperm count and reduce miscarriage
- Antioxidants can help prevent against birth defects, miscarriage and increase the production of good quality, healthy sperm.
- Some vitamins increase sperm quality and stop it from clumping or sticking together.
- Other nutrients can increase the flow of blood to the uterus, helping to provide a more fertile environment for the embryo to grow and develop.
Nutritional therapy can be used as an alternative or in combination with assisted fertility treatment to maximise fertility and promote conception.
- Unexplained infertility
- Poor sperm quality
- Recurrent Miscarriage
- Menstrual Irregularities