The study followed a group of over 17,000 married women who were participants in the Nurses' Health study based at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. The research team devised a scoring system on dietary and lifestyle factors according to information from previous studies found to predict ovulatory disorder infertility.
The researches suggested the follwoing lifestyle changes to improve ferility:
Eat fewer trans fat and sugar carbohydrates, which tend to go hand in hand. According to the FDA 40% of the trans fat consumed by adult Americans come from cakes, cookies, crackers, pies, ettc. So making steps to limit these things in your diet can make a bid difference.
Increase fiber and iron consumption. Have oatmeal for breakfast or a bowl of bran cereal. Oysters, tofu, molasses, and chicken liver are all high in iron.
Eat more protein from vegetables than animals. Experiment with adding beans, collard green, and kale to your cooking.
Take multi-vitamins, which is not a very hard change. Just leave a bottle on your nightstand or by the fridge, wherever it is that will remind you to take one.
Exercise more. The women who had the highest fertility rates in the study exercised more each day and more often overall.
Lower your BMI. In other words if your overweight you might want to consider going on a diet, although making most of these changes would probably help anyway.
Consume High Fat Dairy instead of low fat dairy. Surprised? So were the researchers. The lead author of the study says that they found a six-fold difference in ovulatory infertility risk between women following five or more low-risk dietary and lifestyle habits and those following none.
Other research shows that stress is a factor inhibiting ovulation and thus a women’s fertility. Learning to manage stress can improve a women’s chance of getting pregnant – both psychologically and biologically.
While studies on acupuncture’s impact on fertility have not been conclusive. This ancient Chinese therapy has been used to promote fertility in women for thousands of years and is recommended by many fertility experts.
Simply tracking one’s fertility cycle and charting one’s optimal periods for ovulation can make a planned pregnancy a more easily achieved goal. There are many websites available that will help women go through the process of how to catch the monthly peak of their fertility.
Today there are even fertility kits that provide a simple cap in which to place a man’s semen - which is then inserted near the fallopian tubes – a in-home insemination process.
The end result is that women no longer need to be passive - but like more and more matters in their lives are able to take charge- and make a planned pregnancy a reality.