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Infertility affects an estimated 15% of reproductive age couples worldwide, 48 million couples and 186 million individuals worldwide. If you are one of the individuals struggling to conceive and were told that there is nothing that can be done to optimize your fertility and improve the quality of your eggs or sperm, do not get discouraged! There is plenty of research showing that nutrition, acupuncture, lifestyle and other modifiable factors can enhance fertility in both, men and women. Below you can find a few scientific articles that can reassure you not to give up on your fertility goals just yet.

Fertility Research


Fertility & Obesity

Weight management is an important factor that affects both female and male fertility. As per this research article, overweight and obese women are more likely to struggle with infertility, take longer to conceive and have an increased risk of having a miscarriage when compared to women of normal weight. Male obesity is related to subfertility, decreased sperm quality, and erectile dysfunction. While obesity negatively affects fertility, discuss your weight goals with your Fertility Dietitian before spending hours in the gym losing a large amount of weight as that can also potentially decrease your chances of conception.






Fertility & Underweight


Being underweight is another big factor that needs to be addressed with your Fertility Dietitian, as it may cause hormonal imbalances and lead to infertility. 




Fertility & Vitamin D

Suboptimal vitamin D status negatively affects both male and female fertility, as well as compromising the outcomes of IVF and increasing pregnancy-related complications. The good news is that correcting one's vitamin D status can improve fertility and the chances of conception. However, this doesn't mean that you should start taking over the counter vitamin D supplements without consulting your doctor or a Fertility Dietitian first. You may be wasting your time by taking a wrong dose that may not do anything for you, or you may wind up taking excessive supplementation that can put you at risk for toxicity.


Fertility & Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used to treat infertility for thousands of years. Electro-acupuncture can help regulate the menstrual cycle and ovulation, and also improve the circulation of blood flow to the uterus. Acupuncture can reduce anxiety and help regulate hormonal imbalances. You can read more about acupuncture treatment used for females struggling with infertility in this article.


In summary, the research shows that male and female fertility is affected by a lot of factors that are in your control. In order to increase your chances of success, you should have qualified, professional help guiding you through these challenging times in order to ensure that you are getting the best treatment to meet your specific fertility goals.

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