What is in this article?:
- Fertility foods
- Are women today having a more difficult time getting pregnant?
- What should women eat to boost fertility?
- What about fish?
- Are processed foods linked to infertility?
- Why is weight gain linked to infertility?
- What part do supplements play in fertility?
- What environmental toxins interfere with hormones?
Hope to get pregnant now or someday? The foods you choose—and avoid—can help ensure that all systems are go when you’re ready. Get the latest holistic wisdom in this Q&A with Victoria Maizes, MD, author of Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child (Scribner, 2013).
Are women today having a more difficult time getting pregnant?
Delicious Living: Are women today having a more difficult time getting pregnant than their grandmothers did?
Victoria Maizes, MD: Yes. One factor is age; women are having kids later than they used to, and the older you get, the more challenging it is to conceive. But another huge obstacle is endocrine disruptors that are now common in everyday chemicals: in the pesticides in our food, in our personal care and cleaning products, and even in our furniture. It’s easy for reproductive hormonal function to be thrown out of whack from exposure like this. For example, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23347089; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23672405" target="_top">numerous studies conclude that bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical found in the lining of many canned foods, contributes to infertility.