Is Your Diet Affecting Your Reproductive System?
Health Hacks From cutting carbs to communicating with your doctor, there are some key things that can be done to help ease the struggle of infertility.
Did you know that infertility affects approximately 18,356 couples daily? As couples face infertility, it becomes easy for them to place the blame on one another, feel guilty themselves and struggle with an array of emotions. But couples with fertility hurdles aren’t completely helpless.
Control your nutrition
Proper nutrition for both females and males is important for fertility and your overall health. A proper diet is paramount for being able to carry a healthy baby through a full-term pregnancy. While trying to conceive, both females and males should avoid caffeine, processed foods, red meat, soy, refined sugars, simple carbohydrates and bad fats. Couples should increase their intake of water, complex carbohydrates, protein, good fats, whole milk and vitamin C. Women should increase taking vitamins B6 and E, while men should increase taking Omega-3 fatty acids.
"Proper nutrition for both females and males is important for fertility and your overall health."
Consult your doctor
Communicate with your doctor to come up with a plan together. There are many options for trying to conceive that only your doctor and/or specialist can help guide you through. Make an appointment and discuss your options openly. You will need to come prepared with a list of questions you and your partner may have. It is important to know that oftentimes infertility cannot be fixed instantly. It can be a long process with many roadblocks, but following these guidelines can help ease some of the burden along the way.
Communicate your needs
You must communicate effectively with your partner. There will be difficult days, days in which you don’t think anyone understands what you are dealing with. If you find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, out of control or isolated, know that you are not alone. The best way to cope on these days is to be open, honest and tell your partner exactly how you feel. Try not to place blame on each other, but instead come together to support one another through this difficult process. You and your partner may also need to consider seeking guidance from a mental health specialist. It is normal to experience a wide variety of emotions while going through the struggle of infertility, and communicating those feelings effectively can help you through this difficult time.