How Vitamin A Affects Fertility

How Vitamin A Affects Fertility

Vitamin A may not seem as much of a big deal as it is. This vitamin is important to your everyday life, not just fertility. Vitamin A is a very important antioxidant that helps to protect your body from diseases. It also is known to help your eyes and teeth strong and healthy. But what we are here to discuss is fertility- and vitamin A is reportedly a way to help strengthen your reproductive system. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is so important in the female reproductive system, yet it benefits something for the male as well. When females consume vitamin A, it thickens the cervical mucus. The cervical mucus plays a big role in conception; this mucus helps “shelter” the sperm on its journey to the waiting egg. If the cervical mucus is thick and healthy the better the chance of the sperm reaching the egg safely.

This vitamin also aides in the development of follicles in the ovaries, these follicles will eventually release a healthy matured egg. For men who have vitamin A deficiency; typically their sperm tends to be stuck together rather than working on their own. Not allowing them to move quickly makes the fertilization harder for the sperm. Studies say a shocking 15% of Americans suffer from vitamin A deficiency.

Best foods rich in vitamin A

Finding vitamin A around you is much easier than you think. If you chose to eat items rich in vitamin A you may want to stick with the following:

• fish roe
• organ meats
• deep yellow butter
• shellfish

Common foods rich in vitamin A

However, if you are anything like me – these will not be in your diet any time soon. Here is a list of more common foods that contain vitamin A, just not as much.

• Raw Carrots
• Cooked Carrots
• Carrot Juice
• Mango
• Sweet Potato
• Spinach
• Cantaloupe
• Kale
• Red Pepper
• Apricots

Possible vitamin A sources

Other fertility foods that can be consumed for vitamin A include the following. These are not rich and do not contain a lot but they will aide in bringing your vitamin A levels up!

• Milk
• Cheese
• Liver
• Unprocessed butter

Too much vitamin A is bad

However, with all good things comes a warning. With vitamin A in the female too much is not a good thing. If your body has an excess of vitamin A then it can stop or hinder body secretion production. This could affect your vaginal discharge allowing the egg to move slowly through the fallopian tubes and in the vagina.

The bottom line

In conclusion, vitamin A deficiency troubles many Americans every day; most of those have fertility problems to make their matters worse. Speak with your doctor about how much vitamin A you should be consuming per day, or if you need to take a supplement to make up for it.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.