Couple's Guide to Fertility-Enhancing Foods (Part 1)
Updated: Nov 7, 2018
Fertility is undoubtedly a complex aspect of overall health. While many couples try for years to conceive a child, some don't quite realize that the chances of conception are relatively low to begin with. In fact, a couple aged 29 to 33 with a normal functioning reproductive system has only a 20% to 25% chance of conceiving in any given month. If you and your significant other are looking for holistic health-related ways to enhance fertility and chances of conception, there are actually a number of foods that experts say are ideal. Here's part one of our two part guide that will explore some foods experts suggest to help enhance fertility.
Complex carbohydrates are essentially good carbs, and they include foods with fiber like fruits and veggies as well as beans and other whole grains. These complex carbohydrates are digested at a much slower pace than traditionally process carbs, which are present in foods like crackers, cookies, and white bread. Good carbs have a more balanced effect on insulin and blood sugar. Studies have suggested that higher insulin levels may inhibit ovulation.
Green, Leafy Veggies
We all know that leafy greens are rich in iron, but they're also filled with other B vitamins that enhance fertility. "Spinach, romaine, arugula, broccoli, and other dark leafy greens are high in folate, a B vitamin that a few studies have shown may improve ovulation. Be sure to share the salad with your guy; men who get higher doses of folate make healthier sperm, potentially reducing the chances of miscarriage or genetic problems in the baby," writes Leslie Popper in Parents Magazine.
As a monosaturated fat, olive oil is both versatile and a great addition to countless meals. It's also known to increase sensitivity to insulin and reduce body inflammation. It can be used as a replacement for butter or a dressing for salad.
While these foods may enhance fertility and chances of conception, it's always a good idea to seek out a professional gynecologist for womens health care treatment such as breast health screening services and fertility assistance. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we'll discuss some more foods expected to enhance fertility. For more information about womens health care, contact WomanCare PC.