Can Carbohydrates Cause Infertility?

Can Carbohydrates Cause Infertility?

There are so many different factors that affect fertility in women. We are still just beginning to figure out all of those factors. One of the most complex factors that affects women’s fertility is carbohydrates. It can be a little hard to understand, but doctors now think that the amount of carbs in a woman’s diet can really have a huge impact on her fertility. Read on for more info. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What do carbs have to do with fertility?

When we eat carbohydrates, our bodies turn them into sugars. Our bodies absorb that sugar into the blood stream, and this can cause the pancreas to release more insulin. While this might not sound like a big deal when it comes to fertility, it really is.

When your body releases more insulin, like it does when you eat more carbohydrates, the body is tricked into producing more male hormones. This production of male hormones can lead to a hormonal imbalance that can make it hard to conceive.

The study

A recent study done by Harvard University looked at more than 18,000 women, following their diet and lifestyles during an eight year period of time. The study found that women who consumed a lot of “fast carbs,” like soda, white bread, and potatoes, had an increased risk of developing ovulatory infertility. On the other hand, women who ate “slow carbs” like beans, veggies, and brown rice, had improved fertility.

What this means

Doctors say that this study means that the quality of the carbohydrates that women are eating is more important than the quantity of the carbs. In other words, if you are eating a ton of “good carbs,” you will be better off than if you are eating a tiny, limited amount of the “bad carbs.” Doctors recommend that you try your best to avoid bad carbs at all costs, and feel free to eat as much of the good carbs as you wish.

PCOS and relation to carbs

PCOS is a very common conditon, and it is said to affect anywhere from five to ten percent of women who are of childbearing age. Women who have PCOS are likely to have insulin resistance as well, so eating a diet that is full of slow carbs is a great way to try to help regulate insulin in the body. This can help to limit the impact of PCOS and help to improve fertility as well.

The bottom line

As you can see, carbohydrates truly do play a bigger role in fertility than any of us realized before. Doctors are still just beginning to understand this correlation. If you think that perhaps your intake of carbohydrates is playing a role in your fertility problems, talk to your doctor for advice about what you should do to boost your fertility.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.