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).
Why is weight gain linked to infertility?
DL: Why is weight gain linked to infertility?
VM: Fat cells produce estrogen, which leads to higher blood levels, interfering with normal feedback signals to the brain. Weight gain can also alter the menstrual cycle, leading to a shorter luteal phase (second half); that means less time for the embryo to implant in the uterus lining. Obesity also lowers an egg’s quality by altering its follicular fluid composition and hormone levels while increasing inflammation. Lower egg quality may lead to greater difficulty in becoming pregnant, a greater risk of early miscarriage, and poorer IVF outcomes.