Couples who have undergone a vasectomy reversal are wise to follow up by taking steps to improve fertility. Ability to conceive is closely correlated with general health and well-being. Of course, one of the most reliable ways to improve health is by choosing good nutrition. Sometimes news reports about food are confusing, but making some simple changes in diet can give a couple’s fertility the little boost that makes all the difference.
Before we get to the nutritional to do list there is one don’t. Most people know alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy, but it turns out that alcohol consumption actually reduces fertility as well. Researcher Dara Godfrey has shown that women undergoing invitro fertilisation treatment, for example, increase their chance of achieving pregnancy by 90% simply by abstaining from alcohol completely. She recommends that all women seeking pregnancy eliminate alcohol for three months before attempting to conceive.
Women will be most fertile when at a healthy weight and do well to follow a Mediterranean diet. Fortunately this style of eating is both accessible and delicious. It includes decreasing saturated and trans fats, and increasing the “good” monosaturated fats, found most commonly in olive oil and avocados. Reduce dairy products use, but surprisingly, make what you do eat full-fat rather than low-fat (this finding comes from a Harvard study which indicates a connection between low-fat dairy and ovulatory dysfunction). Replace animal protein with protein from vegetable sources – whole grains, seeds, beans, legumes, and nuts. Eat fish a couple of times a week and increase your vegetable servings. Be sure to round things out with a women’s multivitamin. All these changes in diet tend to contribute to maximal fertility for the woman.
Men also should give their nutrition a look. A recent study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility shows a link between processed meat and poor semen quality. The good news is that men who eat fish were shown to have higher fertility. Consumption of some types of fish (halibut and cod) correlates with having normal shaped sperm, and men who eat dark fish, such as tuna and salmon, raised their sperm counts.
Improving your nutrition may be just the boost you need to conceive. Please contact us for other tips and the latest research on vasectomy reversals.