According to the NHS, if couples are trying to conceive naturally and have unprotected sex every two to three days they will have an 84 percent chance of success within a year.
But what happens when you’re one of the unlucky ones? Could changing your diet help aid your fertility? Dr Larisa Corda gives her advice and two individuals reveal why they believe making changes to the food and drink they consume helped them to conceive…
Does science show diet aides fertility?
Fertility specialist, Dr Larisa Corda, believes fertility can be enhanced by diet. “There is strong evidence that healthy preconception dietary patterns among men and women of reproductive age have a beneficial effect on fertility.
It’s one of the main variables you have the power to control when it comes to your reproductive health.
A dietary pattern that recommends a high consumption of wholegrains, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated oils, vegetables, fruits and fish, has been associated with improved fertility in women and higher semen quality in men, across multiple studies.”
Dr Larisa highlights further research that backs up the link between diet and fertility. “In the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) II, women who had the highest intake of a diet conducive to fertility, comprised of plant protein from vegetable sources, full-fat dairy foods, iron and monounsaturated fats, during the preconception period, were found to have a 66 percent lower risk of infertility related to ovulatory disorders and a 28 percent lower risk of infertility due to other causes.”