Integrative Nutrition and Fertility
By Kayli Anderson, MS, RDN, DipACLM, ACSM-EP
Vol. 25 No. 4 P. 26
A whole-person approach is the best road to take.
A woman’s ability to conceive often remains unknown until she begins planning a pregnancy. For many women, this is an exciting and special time. For others, it can be fraught with disappointment, frustration, and confusion. Infertility, defined as the inability to conceive after at least one year of unprotected sex or after at least six months for women over age 35, is fairly common, affecting about one in five women in the United States.1
Causes of female infertility include irregularities in ovulation, fallopian tube obstruction, and anatomical abnormalities of the uterus. Anovulation, the absence of normal ovulation during a menstrual cycle, is the most common cause of female infertility. Some potential causes of anovulation include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); hypothalamic amenorrhea, or a lack of menstruation for six months with no other known medical cause as a result of excessive exercise, weight loss, stress, or eating disorders; and other hormonal imbalances.1
The good news? Many instances of anovulatory infertility can be addressed through integrative nutrition and lifestyle approaches. A pivotal 2007 study on fertility, diet, and lifestyle followed more than 17,000 women without a history of infertility over an eight-year period as they tried to become pregnant. The researchers concluded that the majority of ovulatory disorder infertility cases may be preventable through modifying diet and lifestyle.2 Although this landmark study didn’t explicitly point to integrative nutrition as an intervention, many of the approaches fall under this modality. It’s known through other research that fertility outcomes are associated with diet and exercise habits, psychosocial health factors, such as stress levels and sleep quality, plus other environmental factors—all of which play a role in integrative nutrition.3
What Is Integrative Nutrition?
Integrative nutrition takes a whole-person approach, considering genetic, environmental, physiological, and psychological factors that contribute to health and disease. In other words, an integrative nutrition approach seeks to identify root causes of health concerns. This approach usually blends conventional and alternative therapies, mixing evidence-based nutrition guidelines that RDs are well-equipped to use with everything from botanicals to acupuncture. You’ll often see integrative nutrition paired with functional nutrition, as is the case in the Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy Radial, a framework that helps dietitians implement both forms of MNT.4 The framework represents the whole-person approach of integrative nutrition with the categories of community, earth, body, mind, and spirit.
In the case of fertility, integrative nutrition has much to offer, as it enables dietitians to blend their evidence-based nutrition knowledge with other approaches that have been shown to support fertility. These include the use of botanicals, supplements, and other mind-body practices to form a comprehensive fertility protocol. In this article, Today’s Dietitian explores various integrative nutrition approaches to fertility and how RDs can create a plan to support all aspects of their clients’ fertility health and well-being.
Whole Foods for Fertility
Foods associated with positive outcomes are the cornerstone of integrative nutrition for fertility. Many foods and food components are associated with shorter time to conception and help address root causes that may be contributing to infertility.
Many conditions that affect fertility, such as PCOS, are accompanied by higher levels of oxidative stress in the body, and increasing intake of phytonutrient-rich foods may help counter that. Where can clients find an abundance of phytonutrients? Fruits and vegetables, of course. Dietary patterns high in fruits and vegetables are associated with better fertility in women and better semen quality in men.5 Lower intakes of fruit and higher intakes of fast food, which may increase oxidative stress in the body, are associated with infertility and increased time to conception.6 To help clients maximize their phytonutrient intake, encourage them to make their plates as colorful as possible because the various colors found in produce represent different phytonutrient families.
A predominantly plant-based eating pattern, especially when it comes to protein, also may enhance fertility. In one study, each additional serving of meat per day was associated with a 32% increased risk of infertility.5 In another study that looked at people undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), eating red meat before IVF had a negative effect on embryo development.5 The power of plant proteins includes soyfoods, too. In a study that looked at soy consumption and fertility outcomes, women with the highest intake of soy isoflavones had 77% higher odds of having healthy babies after undergoing IVF compared with women who ate no soy.5
The type of fat women eat also plays a role in fertility. Trans fat intake is associated with greater risk of ovulatory infertility, and replacing 2% of energy from monounsaturated fats with trans fats is associated with twice the risk of ovulatory infertility.2 The lesson? It’s wise to advise clients to avoid trans fats and instead focus on monounsaturated fat sources like avocados, olives, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and their respective oils. Eating a diet rich in these monounsaturated fats has been shown to increase the odds of a successful pregnancy 3.5 times for people undergoing IVF compared with those eating a diet low in monounsaturated fats.7
Another important fat source includes omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fats should be included in every woman’s diet when trying to conceive. In one study, women with the lowest omega-3 fatty acid intake had lower probability of achieving pregnancy.2 Help clients increase omega-3 intake by encouraging them to eat flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and low-mercury fatty fish. Because heavy metals are a concern, clients may consider an algae-based DHA supplement instead of fatty fish.
Eating for fertility isn’t a time to shun carbohydrates, but it is a time to choose the right kinds of carbs. High-fiber, low-glycemic, carbohydrate-rich foods are associated with a lower risk of infertility, so help clients identify low-glycemic foods to add to their diets, such as nonstarchy vegetables, berries, oatmeal, whole grain rice, beans, and legumes.2
Botanicals have been used for their medicinal and therapeutic properties for thousands of years, and they’re often a key part of integrative nutrition. The caveat with herbal remedies is that their widespread use sometimes is based on tradition rather than scientific evidence. Here are a few herbs with evidence to support their use in an integrative approach to fertility. Clients should work closely with a clinical herbalist and their health care team when incorporating botanicals into their regimens.
Vitex, or chasteberry, is a well-known fertility herb. Although evidence is limited, one study showed improved fertility in women taking a supplement containing chasteberry for five months compared with placebo.8 Experts recommend beginning chasteberry three to six months before trying to conceive.
Adaptogens are a class of plants and mushrooms thought to help the body correct imbalances caused by stress, anxiety, and fatigue. When it comes to fertility, certain adaptogens are believed to help rebalance infertility caused by hypothalamic amenorrhea. However, evidence is limited. Shatavari and ashwagandha root are commonly used for infertility in the Ayurvedic tradition. Ashwagandha may help modulate the body’s stress response, which could be an underlying issue in infertility.9 Shatavari may improve female reproductive health issues that contribute to infertility, such as PCOS and hormonal imbalances.10 There’s not enough evidence regarding the safety of adaptogens during pregnancy, so they should be stopped as soon as a woman suspects or confirms a pregnancy.
White peony is used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine to regulate ovulation, which can help enhance fertility. It has been shown to improve low progesterone levels and reduce elevated testosterone.11 It’s available as a capsule, tincture, or powder.
Nutritional supplements also are part of an integrative nutrition fertility protocol. The following commonly used supplements have been shown to be beneficial for fertility. Because supplements undergo limited FDA regulation, be sure to help clients identify reliable products.
Most women start taking a prenatal multivitamin supplement when they become pregnant, but taking a multivitamin containing folic acid during the preconception period has been associated with a higher likelihood of conception and a lower risk of ovulatory infertility.5
Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency is common in many women, and the nutrient is available in few foods. When it comes to fertility, women with higher serum vitamin D levels demonstrate higher embryo quality and pregnancy rate compared with women with low serum levels. Because of this, testing serum vitamin D levels and taking a vitamin D3 supplement may help support fertility.12
Other Lifestyle Practices
Because integrative nutrition is a whole-person approach, food, botanicals, and supplements usually aren‘t enough to address all that may be going on in a woman’s mind, body, and spirit when trying to conceive. This is where other alternative therapies and lifestyle practices come in to play. Unless dietitians are well-trained in these areas, recommendations for integrating
other lifestyle practices likely will include a referral to another expert. Some of the additional issues that may impact fertility include environmental toxins and stress, and another alternative treatment modality to consider is acupuncture.
Environmental Chemical Exposure
In our modern world, we’re surrounded by chemicals in plastics, cleaning products, body care products, pesticides, and herbicides. They can interfere with the body’s endocrine system and impact reproductive health and fertility. Women who use an average of 12 or more personal care products may be exposed to as many as 168 chemicals per day from those products alone. In one study, women in areas where water is contaminated with “forever chemicals,” or highly persistent chemicals, such as those found in nonstick cookware, had 15% to 25% lower fertility rates.13 While it’s impossible to escape exposure to these chemicals, minimizing exposure is important. The Environmental Working Group has resources to support clients in switching to safer cosmetics, body care, and household products. Dietitians can help clients navigate when to buy organic and how to avoid chemical exposure from plastics and nonstick cooking equipment.
Infertility and stress can be a “chicken or the egg” conundrum, meaning stress can affect the ability to conceive and the ability to conceive can affect a woman’s stress levels. Stress also is associated with hypothalamic amenorrhea and reduced egg fertilization.11 This makes stress reduction an important part of an integrative fertility protocol, and stress reduction techniques may include cognitive behavioral therapy, time in nature, meditation, breathwork, and other mind-body practices.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries to support infertility. In this traditional Chinese medicine practice, a trained professional inserts tiny needles into specific points on the body to stimulate blood flow and move energy. In one study, women who underwent acupuncture before IVF embryo retrieval were more likely to have successful pregnancies compared with women who did not receive acupuncture.14 Although there isn’t much research supporting its use in infertility treatment, acupuncture has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress levels. This is significant since approaching fertility through an integrative lens requires dietitians to see all aspects of their clients’ lives as interconnected and recognize root causes that may be contributing to their health concern.
Developing an Integrative Nutrition Fertility Protocol
1. Perform a Whole-Person Assessment. One of the biggest differences between an integrative nutrition approach and a conventional nutrition approach is taking a client’s physical, mental, and spiritual health into consideration. When performing an initial assessment for a new fertility client, include questions about all areas of her life. Ask about the quality of her relationships, spiritual practices, her sleep, stressors, and emotional well-being. The information gathered from these unconventional questions will help connect the dots and enable RDs to better suggest appropriate complementary therapies to support fertility holistically.
2. Look for Root Causes. Integrative nutrition requires looking below the surface, going beyond a simple dietary recall and health history. To look for root causes of a client’s fertility struggles, map out their health and wellness timeline. Ask when certain symptoms first appeared and what life events or emotional states occurred during those points in time. Look for common root causes such as inflammation and environmental chemical exposure.
3. Develop an Individualized, Holistic Plan. Once a dietitian has completed a whole-person assessment and identified potential root causes, develop an individualized integrative nutrition plan for the client, which includes holistic recommendations that go beyond food. If RDs are knowledgeable about supplements and botanicals, suggest products that may address the root causes and support fertility. Recommend trusted providers in other health care fields to assist clients in their fertility journey.
4. Stay Evidence Based. The world of alternative therapies is teeming with pseudoscience and lack of evidence, so it’s important to avoid falling prey to interventions with little to no efficacy. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (nccih.nih.gov) provides a database of botanicals and other therapies. To learn more about integrative nutrition, join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group or consider training from the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy, a program developed by RDs.
5. Refer to Other Providers. Since treating infertility with integrative nutrition requires advanced knowledge of botanicals, supplements, mind-body medicine, and other alternative therapies, it’s important to recognize when certain interventions fall outside the dietitian’s scope of practice. Develop a network of trusted integrative health care providers who specialize in fertility, such as clinical herbalists, acupuncturists, bodyworkers, and mental health professionals. Because you’re aiming to address fertility holistically, a team-based approach is the best road to take.
— Kayli Anderson, MS, RDN, DipACLM, ACSM-EP, is founder of the women’s health website Plant-Based Mavens (plantbasedmavens.com) and coauthor of the lifestyle medicine textbook Improving Women’s Health Across the Lifespan. She’s trained in integrative and functional medicine for women.
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A nutritionist can be an invaluable resource, providing advice on which nutrients to consume (folate) and which to avoid (caffeine) in order to boost fertility and help conception. It is important to note that certain medications can impact the way your body absorbs nutrients.What is integrative nutrition? ›
Integrative nutrition combines principles of medical nutrition therapy with integrative and functional medicine to provide counseling, education, and guidance for personalized, whole-foods-based diet and lifestyle recommendations.What is the abbreviation for a dietitian? ›
In the United States, nutrition professionals include the dietitian or registered dietitian (RD), as well as "dietetic technician" or "dietetic technician, registered" (DTR) (see below).What is the most successful treatment for infertility? ›
IVF is the most successful fertility treatment, and often helps couples get pregnant when other infertility treatment options have failed. It can be especially successful when combined with other procedures.What 4 things can treat infertility? ›
- Surgery, if the cause is a varicocele (widening of the veins in the scrotum) or a blockage in the vas deferens, tubes that carry sperm.
- Antibiotics to treat infections in the reproductive organs.
- Medications and counseling to treat problems with erections or ejaculation.
Secondly, holistic nutrition focuses on the comprehension of interconnected elements of nutrition, while integrative nutrition strives to unite the many parts of a whole that comprise nutrition.Is the Institute for Integrative Nutrition legitimate? ›
IIN itself is not accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education , which means that its courses cannot be used toward meeting the degree requirements at standard colleges and universities that train nutritionists.Is integrative medicine legitimate? ›
Integrative medicine combines the most well-researched conventional medicine with the most well-researched, evidence-based complementary therapies to achieve the appropriate care for each person.What is the number one fertility food? ›
Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries all contain natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, two components that greatly improve fertility for both men and women.What foods should be avoided for fertility? ›
- Soda and Other High Sugar Foods.
- High Carb Foods: Pasta, Grains, Bread, Baked Goods, Potatoes, etc.
- Low-Fat Dairy.
- Trans Fats.
- Processed Meats.
- Excess Alcohol.
- Excessive Caffeine.
- Processed Foods.
- Dairy. It pays to bone up on dairy (milk, yogurt, and cheese) when you're trying to conceive. ...
- Lean animal protein. Let's talk (lean) turkey…and lean chicken and lean beef. ...
- Fatty fish. ...
- Complex carbs. ...
- Oysters. ...
- Yams. ...
Phosphorus is a mineral that naturally occurs in many foods and is also available as a supplement. It plays multiple roles in the body. It is a key element of bones, teeth, and cell membranes. It helps to activate enzymes, and keeps blood pH within a normal range.What is the difference between an RD and an RDN? ›
Dietitians must earn the credential of Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) to call themselves a dietitian. These two credentials are interchangeable, and there is no difference between them.What rank is dietitian? ›
Dietitians and Nutritionists rank #21 in Best Health Care Jobs. Jobs are ranked according to their ability to offer an elusive mix of factors.What is the new treatment for fertility? ›
The latest IVF technology called laser assisted hatching helps in successful embryo implantation by making a small crack before the embryo is inserted in the uterus in a hope that this hatching helps in implantation of the embryo leading to a successful pregnancy.What is the oldest effective treatment for infertility? ›
One of the oldest and simplest treatments for infertility, artificial insemination is also one of the most successful.How can I increase my fertility after 45? ›
- Have Sex. To increase your chances of becoming pregnant, have sex! ...
- Avoid Strenuous Exercise. ...
- Stop Smoking. ...
- Ditch the Alcohol. ...
- Take Your Vitamins. ...
- Get Quality Sleep. ...
- Get Known Medical Problems Under Control. ...
- Consider Acupuncture.
Berries. Blueberries and raspberries are loaded with natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which may help boost both female and male fertility. Like citrus, they're high in folate and vitamin C, which can help with fetal development down the road.What are the top 3 causes for infertility? ›
Causes of infertility can include ovulatory disorders, endometriosis, low sperm count or low testosterone. The risk of infertility increases as you age. Many treatment options are available for people with infertility.What are the 6 causes of infertility? ›
- Age. Women's fertility gradually declines with age, especially in the mid-30s, and it drops rapidly after age 37. ...
- Tobacco use. Smoking tobacco or marijuana by either partner may reduce the likelihood of pregnancy. ...
- Alcohol use. ...
- Being overweight. ...
- Being underweight. ...
- Exercise issues.
Our core concepts include primary food, bio-individuality, deconstructing cravings, the magic of mirroring, and more. Primary food focuses on the idea that health is holistic.What is the difference between functional nutrition and integrative nutrition? ›
While functional nutrition may sound similar to holistic nutrition, they are slightly different. The latter focuses on treating each patient as a whole, whereas functional medicine and integrative healthcare seeks the underlying causes rather than treating the symptoms.Is holistic the same as integrative? ›
Integrative medicine is a form of holistic medicine. The goal of integrative medicine is to combine aspects of traditional Western medicine with holistic medicine practices to create a personalized treatment option for patients.Who owns Institute for Integrative Nutrition? ›
Joshua Rosenthal is the founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a holistic nutrition school based in New York City.What is the difference between NTA and IIN nutrition? ›
While IIN educates on many different dietary approaches, NTA educates on nutrients, their synergy, how they function within the body, and how nutritional supplementation affects these processes. X NTA's program is shorter and more affordable.Who are integrative nutrition competitors? ›
Institute for Integrative Nutrition top competitors include: Health Coach Institute, Hudson Institute, Spencer Institute, Maryland University of Integrative Health What technology does Institute for Integrative Nutrition use?What are the 4 pillars of integrative medicine? ›
As mentioned above, the approach to holistic health and wellness constitutes four pillars: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual.What is integrative medicine if it isn't alternative? ›
Integrative Medicine--What Is It? Integrative Medicine (IM) is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.What is another name for integrative medicine? ›
The terms alternative medicine, complementary medicine, integrative medicine, holistic medicine, natural medicine, unorthodox medicine, fringe medicine, unconventional medicine, and new age medicine are used interchangeably as having the same meaning and are almost synonymous in most contexts.How can I improve my egg quality in 30 days? ›
- Improve your blood flow. Oxygen-rich blood flow to the ovaries is essential for the health of the eggs. ...
- Eat a healthy diet. ...
- Incorporate fertility supplements. ...
- Stop smoking. ...
- Maintain a healthy weight. ...
1. Red and processed meats
- Stress management for an improved egg quality: ...
- Normal BMI for an improved egg quality: ...
- Boosting Blood Flow for an improved egg quality: ...
- Fertility diet to improve egg quality: ...
- Foods to increase egg quality: ...
- Avoid smoking, caffeine, and alcohol-based drinks: ...
Papaya (Carica papaya) Papaya has the potential to cause an abortion. As a result, consuming it while pregnant is very risky. The papaya in its raw form includes a chemical compound called papain, which is responsible for the constriction of the uterus.Is Oatmeal good for fertility? ›
If the thought of devouring some delicious, warm oatmeal appeals to you, then here's some good news: increased consumption of high-fiber carbs with a low glycemic index, like oatmeal, is associated with improved fertility outcomes.Are bananas good for fertility? ›
BANANAS: Rich in potassium and vitamin B6, banana aids in improving fertility. It does so by improving sperm and egg quality and regulating reproductive hormones.Why is pineapple good for fertility? ›
Why pineapple may aid fertility: It contains bromelain, an anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulation (blood thinning) agent that, per a 2012 study, can impact the immune system. The idea is that these anti-coagulation effects can improve blood flow,4 including to the uterus and the uterine lining.Does caffeine affect fertility? ›
Experts advise limiting caffeine if you're trying to conceive and during pregnancy. Some studies have found that women who drink large amounts of caffeine may take longer to become pregnant and have a slightly higher risk of miscarriage and low birth weight.What does F stand for in nutrition? ›
How does it work? The “F” in F-Factor stands for “fiber,” and the diet is big on that. It recommends that women have at least 35 grams of fiber a day and that men have 38 or more grams of the stuff daily.What does MJ mean in nutrition? ›
The commonly used unit of energy is the megajoule (MJ) although the 'calorie' is also used. One calorie is the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of 1 ml of water 1 degree Celsius and 1 MJ equals 4128 calories or 4.182 kcal.What does K stand for in nutrition? ›
Potassium is an essential mineral that is needed by all tissues in the body. It is sometimes referred to as an electrolyte because it carries a small electrical charge that activates various cell and nerve functions. Potassium is found naturally in many foods and as a supplement.
- Registered Dietician. ...
- Research Dietitian. ...
- Registered Clinical Dietitian. ...
- Clinical Dietitian. ...
- Renal Dietitian. ...
- Outpatient Dietitian. Salary range: $51,000-$65,500 per year. ...
- Administrative Dietitian. Salary range: $35,500-$64,500 per year. ...
- Community Dietitian. Salary range: $48,000-$62,000 per year.
What is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Licensed Dietitian (LD)? Menu.Should I see a dietitian or nutritionist to lose weight? ›
If you've struggled unsuccessfully to lose weight in the past, it might be time to try getting some professional help. A trained nutritionist can help you reach your goals by designing a personalized plan based on your health status, your individual needs, and your lifestyle.What is the lowest paid dietitian? ›
How Much Does a Dietitian and Nutritionist Make? Dietitians and Nutritionists made a median salary of $61,650 in 2021. The best-paid 25% made $77,430 that year, while the lowest-paid 25% made $49,490.What is a dietitian top salary? ›
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Nutrition Styles and Body Weight
An unbalanced caloric and protein intake due to incorrect food consumption, responsible for severe under- or over-weight, leads to alterations of the ovarian function with subsequent increase in the infertility.
A Registered Dietitian Can Help With Hormone Imbalances
Avoiding or minimizing certain foods. Specific meal plans and recipes, to keep stress low. Involving supplements that can support hormone balance. An environmental assessment and plan, to provide your hormones the ability to rebalance.
We recommend seeing a dietitian if you: would like to know more about the nutritional needs for planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy or breastfeeding.Can lack of nutrients cause infertility? ›
Poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of infertility in both men and women. The lack of good nutrition can make a person either overweight or underweight, and it can cause organs to function improperly.
Vitamin E maintains normal functioning of reproductive organs hence it is called fertility vitamin. Sterility (impotence) and muscular atrophy is common deficiency disease of vitamin E.What deficiency is linked to infertility? ›
In fact, vitamin D deficiency can lead to infertility both women and man. Lack of vitamin D in women with polycystic ovary syndrome in the study, uterine fibroids, as well as has been demonstrated over a relationship with a decrease in reserves. In males it has been suggested to affect sperm count and morphology.What nutrition is needed for hormonal cycle? ›
Adequate protein, plant-based fats, and high-fiber carbohydrates provide your body with the nutrients needed to produce the proper amount of hormones. It is important to reduce inflammatory foods and focus on minimally processed foods. This can lead to a reduction in inflammation and period-related symptoms.How can I balance my hormones without a doctor? ›
- Get enough protein. ...
- Exercise regularly. ...
- Maintain a moderate weight. ...
- Watch your gut health. ...
- Lower sugar intake. ...
- Reduce stress. ...
- Get enough sleep. ...
- Eat healthy fats.
During pregnancy you need folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D, choline, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and vitamin C. See the below table for recommended amounts. Fortified cereal, enriched bread and pasta, peanuts, dark green leafy vegetables, orange juice, beans.What is a smart diet for pregnancy? ›
Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, and protein foods. Choose foods and drinks with less added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium (salt). Limit refined grains and starches, which are in foods like cookies, white bread, and some snack foods.Which nutrition lays the for a healthy pregnancy? ›
The components of a healthy diet include plenty of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean protein, fish, fiber, and water. These items should be the primary focus of the diet as they provide the key nutrients necessary during pregnancy—folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids (DHA).What are 5 things that can cause infertility? ›
- Age. Women's fertility gradually declines with age, especially in the mid-30s, and it drops rapidly after age 37. ...
- Tobacco use. Smoking tobacco or marijuana by either partner may reduce the likelihood of pregnancy. ...
- Alcohol use. ...
- Being overweight. ...
- Being underweight. ...
- Exercise issues.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or significantly underweight can inhibit normal ovulation.
- Prevent sexually transmitted infections. Infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are a leading cause of infertility for women.
- Avoid the night shift, if possible.