By Dr. Ankita Kaushal
Infertility is a complex and misunderstood problem that affects millions of couples worldwide. It goes beyond the inability to conceive a child; It can be emotionally traumatic and socially isolating. Beyond physical limitations, infertility can affect mental health, leading to stress, anxiety and depression. Factors such as age, lifestyle choices, and underlying health conditions can significantly affect fertility for both men and women. Women are often bombarded with myths and misinformation around infertility and food, leading to unnecessary panic and stress.
A common myth is that eating certain foods can prevent or cause infertility. This has led to a frenzied obsession with fertility diets, with women feeling pressured to adhere to certain eating patterns in hopes of increasing their chances of conceiving. By dispelling these myths and focusing on a holistic approach to reproductive health, women can eliminate unnecessary worry about their food choices and potential fertility issues.
Myth #1: Eating pineapple root is believed to aid implantation
Facts: Some claim that eating pineapple root right after ovulation can help with implantation. Pineapple core contains bromelain, a set of enzymes that thins the blood and has been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties. However, there is no definitive evidence from research to prove that the bromelain in pineapple core helps with implantation. Also, having fresh pineapple in your diet, rich in vitamin C and B6, can be a beneficial way to include healthy fruits in your diet.
Myth #2: Couples should eat yams if they want twins
Facts: Yam consumption is thought to play a role due to its natural hormone phytoestrogen, which can stimulate multiple ovulations. However, the high twin rate is influenced by several factors, not just yams. Eating yam alone does not increase fertility. It is better to take expert advice rather than believe rumours.
Myth #3: Choosing pomegranates can improve one’s fertility
Facts: Pomegranate is believed to have a positive effect on both male and female fertility. Due to their high antioxidant content, it is suggested that eating pomegranates, which have long been associated with fertility, can increase blood circulation in the uterus and thicken the uterine lining. However, more research is needed to fully understand how antioxidants affect fertility.
(Dr. Ankita Kaushal Consultant – Fertility & IVF, Motherhood Fertility & IVF, Kharghar)