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Infertility – Using Nutrition to Improve Your Chances of Conception

Fertility is at an all time low and it is predicted that if the infertility rates continue as they are, the population will begin to decrease dramatically.

Did you know:

  • Sperm counts have dropped by 50% in the last 10 years
  • 1 in 6 couples has difficulty conceiving
  • 1 in 4 pregnancies are miscarried

Below are the different problems that can occur:

  • Ovulatory failure (egg not released)
  • Tubal damage (blocked fallopian tubes)
  • Endometriosis (female reproductive organ condition)
  • Male problems (sperm motility, mutation and count)
  • Unexplained

The great news is that all of the above, apart from tubal damage, can be addressed with a nutritional intervention.

What to expect from a nutritional intervention:

1. Dietary advice
2. High quality supplements
3. Lifestyle advice
4. Consideration of environment/ occupational hazards
5. Discussion of medical investigations

A nutritional intervention for fertility will last at least 12 weeks, because it takes 12 weeks for an egg to mature and for sperm to develop fully.

Such an intervention can improve sperm quality and quantity, and improve the quality of the egg reserve (but not the quantity of eggs).

Here are two things both of you can do today, to improve your chances of conception!

  • Stress can affect sperm quality and quantity, and can prevent ovulation. One of the single most important things you can do is to take steps to towards reducing stress levels, and managing and relieving stress.
  • One cup or more of caffeinated drinks daily, has been associated with a 1 year delay in conception, and with decreased sperm quality and quantity. Two cups per day (>200mg caffeine) has been associated with a 25% risk of miscarriage, compared with 12% for those who avoid it. So ditch the tea, coffee, energy drinks, and colas, and minimise chocolate, for a fertility boost!

These are just two things you can do to improve fertility, and there is so much more that can be done. Even if fertility isn’t a concern for you, addressing the same factors can safeguard the health of your future baby.

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