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23 de October, 2023

Importance of nutrition in your fertility treatment

There is a very close relationship between nutrition and fertility. Food provides many benefits to our health, which has a direct impact on the reproductive system and fertility of both men and women.

Currently, there are a large number of toxins in our diet that can affect our health. Reviewing our eating habits is very important since an incorrect diet can alter the biological clock.

In addition, multiple studies have proven that both obesity and low weight can make conception and pregnancy difficult. For this reason, fertility specialists recommend following a diet that is as balanced as possible.

Importance of nutrition in fertility treatment

Several of the causes that cause difficulties in conception are linked to changes in eating habits, so taking care of your diet is essential.

It has been shown that women who tend to be overweight have alterations in their ovulation. On the other hand, in the case of men, many cases of infertility are due to a low sperm count in the semen (Oligospermia) or their low mobility, causing the chances of them reaching the egg to be reduced. and fertilize it.

Various studies conclude that the deficiency of some nutrients such as folic acid, zinc, and antioxidants is the cause of these alterations in male fertility.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) states that balanced nutrition is related to the good health of the pregnant person and the baby. It also leads to stronger immune systems, safer pregnancies, and childbirth, and reduced risks of non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease) and longevity.

How to have better nutrition in your fertility treatment?

First of all, we recommend that you go to a nutrition specialist so that they can tell you which foods are most suitable for you and your partner (if you have one) regarding their lifestyle and, based on that, determine a plan. diet that can also be beneficial for your fertility treatment.

It is also very important that, if you have already started your Assisted Reproduction treatment, you consult your fertility specialist and they can give you additional recommendations that you can make in your lifestyle to increase your chances of success.

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4 WHO recommendations for better nutrition

On the other hand, here we share some general recommendations that the WHO gives regarding leading a better nutrition and lifestyle.

  1. Have a varied diet that includes fruits and vegetables to ensure the necessary supply of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and antioxidants, which are of utmost importance for reproductive health.
  2. Sufficient, quality food that adapts to the body weight of each person, since both excess weight and underweight can affect the fertility of women and men.
  3. Avoid processed foods, as these may contain pesticides, preservatives, or other chemicals that cause imbalances in ovulation cycles and sperm production.
  4. Avoid the consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco, which directly affect the formation of sperm, and the maturation of eggs, and complicate fertilization.

From the moment you are trying to have a baby, it is also important to adapt your eating habits and lifestyle so that you achieve a positive result in your search, whether spontaneously or with the help of assisted reproduction treatment.

Indeed “we are what we eat” because food has a direct relationship with our health and, therefore, with our fertility. It is important to take this into account throughout the treatment and pregnancy to give the best quality of life to the future baby.

Have you been trying to have a baby for more than a year and haven't succeeded? At Ingenes we can help you!

If you would like to have a consultation with one of our fertility specialists to find out the reason why you still cannot have a baby, tell us about yourself by clicking on this link and we will be happy to advise you.

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