The founder of Premama, Dan Aziz, details healthy habits and resources available today to maximize fertility.

Mediaplanet: Are there any foods that could help increase fertility?

Dan Aziz: Vegetable protein sources like beans and nuts, and high-fat dairy like whole milk.

MP: Are there alternatives to help improve egg quality and support for ovulatory function?

DA: Myo-Inositol is an ingredient clinically shown to support fertility and help women who suffer from PCOS. It’s first emerging in the prenatal community and is being recommended by women and doctors.

MP: What is Myo-Inositol and why is it important?

DA: Inositol comes from sugar (glucose) and is found in foods like beans, citrus fruits and whole grain breads. But the quantity needed to be clinically significant in aiding egg quality and fertility is 2500mg and the quantities in normal food servings are all under 150mg, so a supplement is ideal.

"It’s important to supplement your diet with Myo-Inositol since the amount needed to aid fertility is difficult to get from food." 

It has clinically shown to decrease serum testosterone, increase insulin sensitivity, and improve ovulary function. When combined with IVF treatments, it increases the number of oocytes collected after ovarian stimulation.

MP: Are there other supplements to consider?

DA: It’s important to supplement your diet with Myo-Inositol since the amount needed to aid fertility is difficult to get from food. There are supplements that pair it with folic acid, which is important to take at least three months prior to conception, or with a prenatal vitamin.

Many women find pills difficult to swallow and prefer powdered drink mixes for their ease of use and consumption, and ability to absorb faster and more effectively.

MP: What advice can you give women on ways to cope with stress while trying to conceive?

DA: Stress isn’t healthy and won’t lead to results. Communicating with your partner can help ease stress, and there are some great mobile apps that track ovulation and help you stay on top of things. Don’t sit around and stew. Get outside, exercise, enjoy social time and share your emotions and feelings.