Zinc and Your Fertility

on May 17, 2013

by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

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Zinc is an essential component of genetic material. Due to this fact, genetic changes and/or deficiency of zinc can cause greater risk of miscarriage, and a harder time getting pregnant

What Is Zinc?

Zinc. Although we don’t hear much about it, zinc is actually a very important nutrient when it comes to fertility. Why is that? Zinc is an essential component of genetic material. Due to this fact, genetic changes and/or deficiency of zinc can cause greater risk of miscarriage, and a harder time getting pregnant in general. Zinc is a super important mineral. In fact, every single cell of our body contains zinc. Not only does zinc boost your immune system, but it aids in the production of DNA, helps with production of hormones, and even helps to balance out your blood sugar. So, no, having a zinc deficiency won’t make you infertile, but it can mess up the way that your body’s processes work, which can make it harder for you to get pregnant and you may need help getting pregnant. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

How Zinc Affects Fertility in Men

Zinc is very important in relation to fertility in men. Zinc deficiency can lead to lower sperm count. This is because zinc is found in high concentrations in sperm. Zinc is used in the production of the tail and the outer layer of the sperm. Without zinc, the sperm will never mature to the stage that they will be able to fertilize an egg. If a man doesn’t get enough zinc, the quality and quantity of his sperm will be affected. Zinc deficiency can also cause chromosomal defects, so even if fertilization and implantation does occur, a miscarriage will usually happen.

How Zinc Affects Fertility In Women

For women, zinc helps the body utilize the reproductive hormones of estrogen and progesterone. Having a zinc deficiency will cause hormonal imbalances, ovarian problems, and irregular periods. A zinc deficiency can also inhibit the metabolism of protein, which can make for lower egg quality. Zinc is vital in the production of mature eggs that are ready to be fertilized. Zinc also helps to make sure that there is enough fluid in the follicles, and without this fluid, the egg will not be able to travel through the Fallopian tubes properly. Also, if you have uterine fibroids that are keeping you from getting pregnant, zinc can actually shrink those fibroids, so that is just another reason to make sure that you get enough.

How To Get Enough Zinc

Of course, you can get zinc supplements at any health food or drug store to help boost fertility. The average dosage for zinc, when being used for fertility purposes, is anywhere from 25-50 mg per day. However, you should always be sure to check with your doctor before taking that much zinc, or any other supplement for that matter. To get zinc from food sources, you can eat things like molasses, maple syrup, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dairy products that contain whole fat, eggs, beef, turkey, shrimp, venison and whole grains. Talk with your doctor and get some advice about zinc, and whether or not you should increase your zinc intake.

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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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