Increase Fertility And Eat More Carbs

November 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Tabitha's Articles, The X Diet

Female Infertility

There are many types of infertility. However, there is one type that is increasingly common in women. It is called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It is primarily caused by an elevated insulin level, and is characterised by several symptoms, including the following:

  • Overweight, especially around the waist area.
  • Longer menstrual cycles – instead of a cycle of 28 days, the woman may experience cycles of 35-40 days, or even amenorrhoea (no periods for some time).
  • Acne (especially around the jawline, neck and cheeks)
  • Hirsutism (male-pattern hair growth). This can be too much hair growth all over the body, or unwanted hair growth around the chin area, upper lip, ‘garden path’ (from the pubic area to the belly button), nipples and even chest in some cases.
  • Alopecia (hair loss) – this can often resemble male-pattern hair loss.
  • Infertility – unprotected and timeous intercourse not resulting in pregnancy for longer than 1 year.
  • A high oestrogen and testosterone blood test result, with a lower progesterone level (also leading to early-stage miscarriages if there is conception).
  • An intra-vaginal scan showing several or many cysts on the ovaries, resembling a ‘pearl necklace’ with many small unreleased eggs still on the ovaries.

The way to treat this is to manage the insulin production by utilising the following strategy:

  1. Low GI diet (NOT low carbs! This will alleviate the problem in the short-term but increase problems in the long-term). Eating MORE carbohydrates than the patient is eating is usually the recommendation, because too few carbohydrates in the diet leads to long-term insulin resistance.
  2. Low fat diet: the slimmer the woman is, the more fertile she becomes
  3. Sometimes oral insulin-sensitizing drugs, depending on the fasting plasma glucose-insulin result.
  4. A diet high in fibre, vitamins and minerals
  5. Specific hormone-supporting supplementation.
  6. Regular, gentle exercise
  7. Progesterone support as soon as conception is confirmed by a blood test (11 days post-conception).

The wonderful part of dietetic therapy here, is that not only does the woman lose unwanted weight, but along with an increased fertility, she notices that all of the other symptoms (that she has been treated for, independently), all begin to disappear!

What’s more, she has now learnt an exciting and easy way to keep her weight down for good, as well as illustrating wonderful dietary habits to her children as they grow up.

Please note: this diet aids in increasing fertility, but once pregnancy is confirmed, it is important that a dietician is consulted with, to include some plant fats and increase essential fats in the diet. This low-fat way of eating is also not suitable for under-4’s, whose metabolic demands are so great that low-fat is not usually sufficient for daily requirements.

However, the general lower fat, Low GI lifestyle is a wonderful template from which a family can work.

Male Infertility

It is becoming increasingly clear that insulin resistance affects male fertility as well. Many men who are tested for poor sperm mobility or morphology (sperm shape) improve their fertility after correcting their diet and subsequent insulin levels.

Sadly, this treatment is often a last resort, after many months and years of only the woman being treated. If there is treatment in tandem, success in conception is heightened.

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