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Dr. Bradley Miller is a Reproductive Endocrinologist who has been in practice for 18 years. Throughout his career over 2,000 babies have been born as a result of his care. He is the Managing Partner at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Michigan, one of the leading fertility centers in Michigan. Learn more about Dr. Miller and follow his blog to discover more answers to your infertility needs and questions.

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Nutrition and Fertility: Myths and Facts

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Dietary patterns have long since been associated with affecting fertility success rates. From old wives tales to proven scientific studies, there are a range of beliefs regarding the impact that nutrition has on fertility.

Nutrition Myths and Pregnancy

Below are some myths regarding nutrition and its effect on fertility success rates:

  • Consuming more soy products increases the success rate of fertility.
  • Consuming too much caffeine decreases the success rate of fertility.
  • Alcohol can boost your chance of pregnancy.
  • A diet low in fats and high in carbohydrates is ideal for achieving pregnancy.

Nutrition Facts and Pregnancy

Below are some facts regarding nutrition and its effect on fertility success rates:

  • Moderation of nutrition is the best, and most trusted, factor for fertility success rates.
  • Any time you can reduce the amount of stress in your life it will have a positive effect, even with fertility success rates.
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol decreases your chance of pregnancy.
  • A diet with moderate to moderately high consumption of fats (both saturated and unsaturated) are the preferred fuel source to assist with pregnancy.

Below are references to two studies that help to clarify some of the myths regarding nutrition and fertility:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17329264/

Very well summarized by HealthyBabyCode.com – “A study at Harvard found that women who ate two or more servings of low-fat or non-fat dairy per day, like skim milk or yogurt, had 85% higher risk of infertility than those that ate full-fat dairy products.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2170167

Very well summarized by HealthyBabyCode.com – Another study found that “Women who eat less saturated fat have a smaller chance of becoming pregnant. More specifically, the authors found that women with oligomenorrhea, a condition of light or infrequent menstruation associated with infertility, consume significantly less saturated fat and significantly more polyunsaturated fat than women with normal menstruation and fertility.”

About Dr. Bradley Miller

Dr. Bradley Miller is a Reproductive Endocrinologist who has been in practice for 18 years. Throughout his career over 2,000 babies have been born as a result of his care. He is the Managing Partner at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Michigan, one of the leading fertility centers in Michigan. Learn more about Dr. Miller and follow his blog to discover more answers to your infertility needs and questions.