Foods that Boost Fertility in Women

Plenty of detailed information exists on what pregnant women should and should not ingest. However, when you are trying to conceive, the guidelines are less clear.   Read on to learn more about great foods to eat when you are trying to become pregnant.

  • Plant-Based Proteins– A study of 19,000 women conducted at the Harvard School of Health uncovered that women with a high intake of animal proteins were 39% more likely to be infertile that those with a diet higher in plant protein.  Examples of plant proteins you can add to your plate are beans, edamame, nuts, tofu, and lentils.
  • Whole Milk Products– The aforementioned study also found that one to two servings daily of whole milk or products containing this ingredient can protect you from ovulatory infertility.  However, this only applies to whole milk; skim and low-fat milk can have the opposite effect.  (The lower fat milk products have a higher amount of lactose so if you are able to tolerate it at all, the best bet would be organic whole milk products. The other thought would be soy milk but that is still a hot topic in the food world and it is said that it negatively affects fertility.)

vegetables food boost infertility

  • Leafy Green Vegetables– Dark leafy greens such as romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, and arugula contain high levels of folate, a B vitamin found to improve ovulation.
  • Foods High in Iron–  Studies show that women regularly taking a non-heme iron supplement were 40% less likely to have difficulty conceiving than those who do not.  One great example of a plant-based product high in non-heme iron is pumpkin seeds.
  • Complex Carbohydrates– Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest than refined carbohydrates, and therefore help keep your blood sugar and insulin levels stable.  This is important because women with high blood sugar and/or high insulin levels are 50% less likely to become pregnant within a six month time frame than those with stable levels.  When you are trying to conceive, choose dark bread, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta over their counterparts.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids–  Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids help regulate your reproductive hormones, as well as increase the blood flow to your reproductive organs.  Salmon is an excellent source of this.  (However, not all fish is. When you are trying to conceive, you should avoid swordfish, shark, tilefish, and king mackerel.)

Natural Ways for Men to Increase Their Fertility

If you are trying for a baby, you already know that Lady-Comp can help you pinpoint precisely the 6 days in your cycle when you are most likely to get pregnant.  To increase the overall likelihood of pregnancy, you will want to make sure your partner is at his highest fertility levels as well.  Below are some ways your partner can increase his fertility naturally, without the use of medical intervention.

Things to add to his diet:                                        

Vitamin C: Fertility is decreased in men who are deficient in vitamin C. Men who get less than 60 milligrams of vitamin C daily have been found to have high levels of damaged sperm. In one study, sperm counts increased by almost 60 percent in men who took 1000 milligrams of vitamin C daily for two months.

Zinc: Studies have shown that zinc improves overall sperm quality in terms of both density and motility. The recommended daily allowance for men is 11 milligrams.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E may protect sperm-cell membranes. In one study, men who took 200mg of vitamin E daily increased their fertility by about 30 percent in one month.

Things to limit in his diet:

Caffeine- Any more than the equivalent of two cups of coffee per day can decrease sperm count.

High-Mercury Fish- The highest-mercury fish- swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, tuna steak, and shark- have been linked to infertility in both men and women.

Junk food- Fatty, fried, and sugary foods impair male fertility. Additionally, studies have confirmed that the more overweight the individual, the lower his total sperm count, sperm motility, and semen volume.

Fun fact- A couple’s most fertile time of day is between 5 and 7 p.m.  Women are most likely to ovulate between 3 and 7 p.m., and for men, sperm count peaks in the late afternoon, when it is 35% higher than in the morning.  After work is the perfect time to put all of your physical preparation to good use