Can food make you infertile?

By Dr. Filza Tahir

Infertility is on increase. Experts are warning the world about explosion in population boost but now it seems that growth in population has come to halt and number of couples seeking medical help for infertility is increasing dramatically, it takes two to make a baby, and problem in man are just as likely to be problem in women. Infertility factors in males are in same percent as in females. Many people blame envoi mental pollution for this hazard. Delay in starting family in lust of establishing career in working women is causing infertility problems and decline in birth rate. There are number of known and unknown causes and factors leading to infertility requiring medical attention for being dissolved but some factors can be resolved by changing our habits and lifestyle. One of these is our diet.

A recent survey has shown that couples with the previous history of infertility who made changes in their lifestyle, diet and took nutritional supplements had an eighty percent success rate.

Many people are unaware that diet can help to correct hormone imbalances that may affect ability to conceive.

Men who drink at least a quart of cola daily have sperm counts almost 30 percent lower than men who drink no cola.

Women who eat lots of low-fat dairy products face an 85 percent higher risk of ovulatory infertility than women who consume little or no low-fat dairy products.

Women who consume at least one daily serving of whole milk are more than 50 percent less likely to experience ovulatory infertility than women who consume less than one serving of whole milk per week.

Men who are exposed to large quantities of bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used in the manufacture of canned foods, have sperm counts about 23 percent lower than men.

Women who consume at least one alcoholic beverage per day have a nearly 50 percent greater risk of ovulatory infertility than women who drink no alcohol.

Women who eat large quantities of omega-3 fatty acids are 22 percent less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis—a common cause of infertility—than women who eat little or no omega-3s.

Women who consume large quantities of non-heme iron, the kind found in lentils, spinach, and supplements have a 40 percent lower risk of ovulatory infertility than women who consume little or no non-heme iron.

Women who consume at least 5 percent of their daily calories in the form of vegetable protein rather than meat protein have a 50 percent lower risk of ovulatory infertility than women who consume only meat protein. Men whose mothers ate beef at least seven times a week while pregnant with them are three times as likely to have low sperm counts as men whose mothers ate less beef while pregnant.

Women who are exposed to large quantities of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a synthetic chemical used in the linings of microwave-popcorn bags, face an infertility risk ranging from 70 percent to 134 percent higher than that of women with the least amount of PFOA exposure.

To boost fertility a powerful health change can make by taking fertile diet. A natural fertility diet is a way of eating that is supporting your body in its reproductive efforts. It includes foods which are dense in specific nutrients needed for hormonal function, production and balance, fetal development, egg health, sperm health, blood health, and much more.

Numerous studies have shown that specific changes to the diet can improve fertility, prevent recurrent miscarriage and support a healthy pregnancy.


Eat a lot of organic vegetables and fruits. Eat organic, grass-fed, whole fat, raw dairy. Try to eat mostly cold water fish. Choose meat that is Grass Fed and Organic. Choose only free range/Organic chicken. Eat only grains in their whole, natural form. Eat high fiber foods with each meal. No soy of any form unless fermented. Avoid refined sugars or fruit juices (unless freshly juiced) and finally drink lots of clean water.

Writer is a Pharmacist based in Islamabad and writes on health and social issues.

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