A blog by Sarah Clark, May 31, 2016
The statistics don’t lie; moderate weight loss does impact fertility. If you are struggling with ovulatory infertility, according to one study, losing 5% to 10% of your current weight is often enough to improve ovulation.1
This is especially helpful for women with PCOS, as weight loss can help to restore menstruation and ovulation.2
Excess weight can also affect men’s ability to conceive. One study suggested that overweight and obese men are more likely than their normal weight peers to produce lower numbers of sperm counts or no sperm at all.3
There are many factors that impact a person’s fertility that they have no control over. However, the food you eat can also have a significant impact on your fertility. Knowing what diet changes help with fertility can help you to make better decisions while trying to get pregnant.
Can probiotics increase your fertility? It may be!
Those extra pounds around your middle may not only upset you when trying to fit into your favorite jeans, but they also may be upsetting your motherhood dreams. We now know that the extra fat is not just excess tissue sitting harmless around your belly, but rather active tissues that release inflammatory compounds that may contribute to ovulation irregularities.
If you are health conscious you try to avoid all types of fats. After all, fat is bad, right? It damages your waistline, heart, and overall health. But you should not fear fat. Not all fats are created equal nor are they necessarily “evil.” In fact, when it comes to in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment success, fat may be your best friend.
You eat a giant bagel and wash it down with an extra large coffee mixed with plenty of cream and sugar. Then you spend the next 6-plus hours stuck at your computer to make a pressing deadline. Your regular workout? There is no time. And when the day finally ends, you unwind by staying up to watch The Tonight Show or Conan and only drop off when full fatigue sets in.
New Diet and Fertility Forum on FertileThoughts.com
I am very fortunate that I have a close family member trained in chiropractic care with a specialty in pregnancy and child birth called the Webster Technique. She also works with children with autism, ADD/ADHD and sensory processing disorders. She doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk.
To help patients with weight-related infertility - hormonal disruption, ovulation disorders and PCOS - Seattle Reproductive Medicine has partnered with Judy Simon MS, RD, CD, CHES, to lead their Food for Fertility program. The main goal of the seven-week program is to help women live healthier lifestyles and lose weight.