In the US, infertility affects men and women equally resulting in approximately 10.1% of reproductive age population, ages 15-44, with an impaired ability to have children.
Many conditions exist that contribute to infertility. In men, low sperm count or anatomical abnormalities are the most common causes of infertility. In women, the most common causes of infertility are ovulatory failure, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids.
Lifestyle changes that include nutritional supplementation and dietary changes can increase the overall health of both partners often resolving conditions that contribute to infertility. A diet high in nutrients is one key factor to good health. Half of the American population sufferers from health conditions including infertility that are directly related to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Dietary supplementation can correct these deficiencies because nutrients work synergistically. This means that there is a cooperative action between certain vitamins and minerals that promotes the absorption and assimilation of other vitamins and minerals. Thus, positive diet changes along with the addition of dietary supplements can correct these nutritional imbalances and increase the body's natural ability to function properly.
Other lifestyle changes that may increase overall health and fertility include limiting the consumption of animal fats, fried foods, sugar or junk foods. Also avoid alcohol, cigarette smoke, and illegal drug use. Do not take any drugs or over the counter medication except those prescribed by a physician and inform them you are trying to conceive. Also avoid excessive caffeine consumption which may prevent some women from becoming pregnant. Intense exercise may result in a drop in the production of hormones involved in potency, fertility and sex drive in either partner. Consider reducing strenuous workouts or exercises while trying to conceive.