Healthy lifestyle and supplements 'increase chance of IVF success'

11 January 2012

Women looking to undergo fertility treatment should maintain a healthy lifestyle to increase their chances of becoming pregnant.

This is according to a specialist in women's health who suggested that healthy lifestyle changes and certain nutritional supplements could result in higher IVF success rates.

Dr Marilyn Glenville, a nutritionist, said: "As well as eating a healthy diet, it is important to know that certain substances can lower fertility. Both caffeine and alcohol can affect fertility for both her and her partner."

She added that the most important nutrients to boost the chances of successful fertility are zinc, folic acid, vitamins E and C and Omega 3 fatty acids.

Amino acids such as arginine and carnitine can also be helpful in boosting male fertility, Dr Glenville explained.

According to information from Tel Aviv University, traditional Chinese medicine has long been used to ease pain and boost fertility. The treatment, which includes acupuncture, combined with intrauterine insemination could provide hope for mothers having trouble conceiving.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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