Recent research studies have shown that while low and nonfat dairy products may increase chances of infertility, whole milk and ice cream make for 'potent fertility food.' (LA Times)
Before investing in expensive fertility drugs and treatments, a body of evidence is now suggesting that foods such as whole milk, canola and olive oil can affect hormone levels that may increase a woman's chances of becoming pregnant.
And now I rain on your parade - studies also show that
weight control is also a key factor in avoiding ovulatory problems.
One serving of whole milk or ice cream per day is recommended to avoid
[Reproductive Endocrinologist and OB/GYN, Dr. Fady I.] Sharara says a healthy, low-carbohydrate diet is a must for women who wish to become pregnant and have a tendency to gain weight or have high blood pressure or diabetes. He routinely puts his patients with ovulatory problems on a low-carbohydrate diet such as the South Beach Diet.
"We see a number of people who can't get pregnant because of their diet," he says. "After changing their diet, many get pregnant on their own. They don't need special fertility medications that subject them to an increased risk of multiple birth."
Fady I. Sharara, M.D, FACOG, is a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist/Infertility specialist (since 1996), and a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist (since 1994). Dr. Sharara was recently named one of America’s Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care for 2002-2005, 2004 International Scientist of the Year award, 2004 International Health Professional of the Year award, and was named as one of the Washington area top doctors in Infertility by the Washingtonian magazine in 2005. He practices in Reston, Virginia.