DR. NUTAN SHARMA- INFERTILITY SPECIALIST & LAPAROSCOPIC SURGEON
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6th Aug 2020

Fertility over diet or diet over fertility?

It is undoubtedly a truth that, with the number of cases and symptoms rising about the concern of infertility, people are reaching out for the proper health advices and support to sustain their fertility.  It is evident to us that, one of the foremost causes of infertility is improper diet and consumption habits.

We are aware of the fact that food runs our body, however the type, quality and quantity of the food determines the effective functioning of the body and leaves a noteworthy impact on an individual health and to the fertility as well. A diet is the routine and standings of what you consume on a daily basis. Appropriate and inappropriate diet can change the entire game when it boils down to fertility. To ensure a body is functioning properly we must consume the adequate amount of proteins, nutrients and vitamins that is required by our body. Appropriate diets trigger the proper functioning of our hormones and contributes in successful ovulation. Foods like sunflower seeds, citrus fruit, cheese, liver, cooked tomatoes, etc. must be included in the diet plan to increase the chances of fertility.

Foods with fats that are harmful to health can adversely affect your ability to get pregnant. Fertility problems and recurrent miscarriages have also been linked to an unhealthy diet and weight gain in many people. Most fast food and pre-packaged foods available on the market today contain “trans fats” in implicit quantities. Trans fats can affect a woman’s regular ovulatory cycle and are therefore one of the first things that women should reduce when trying to conceive. Fatty foods are also known to have a devastating effect on sperm count in men. Although the inclusion of omega-3 fats is generally recommended for couples who are experiencing fertility problems, excessive intake can affect sperm morphology. Artificially fortified packaged foods, such as breakfast cereals, have no naturally healthy content and should be avoided as much as possible. It is universally accepted that alcohol intake can have a negative impact on folic acid levels in the body and should be avoided entirely. In addition to that bad consumption habits in the diet like consumption of alcohol, smoking tobacco, and consumption of fast, oily, fatty and spicy foods on a daily basis can descend the fertility ability to a great extent.

Moreover, adapting to a healthy set/plan of diet can increase the chance of fertility on one hand, whereas on the other hand following ineffective diet plan, neglecting and carelessness in diet can result to adverse effects on fertile health. Thus, it is up to you whether you choose diet over fertility or fertility over diet.