The IVF Diet

Diet – what foods we fuel our body with – plays an important role in our overall health, and this includes our reproductive health, according to fertility expert Peyman Saadat, M.D.

It’s well known that lowering the amount of carbohydrates, particularly simple carbohydrates, and increasing fruits, vegetables, healthy protein and fats is good for your health – almost all of us have heard of the benefits of the “Mediterranean Diet”.

What you may not have known is how beneficial this diet, or lifestyle as it should be called, can be for reproductive health, and more specifically a successful IVF cycle.

In a study presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) , IVF patients who switched to a low carbohydrate, high protein diet and then underwent another cycle increased their blastocyst formation rate from 19% to 45% and their clinical pregnancy rate from 17% to 83% (Fertil Steril. 2012;98[Suppl]:S47).

Dr. Peyman Saadat says that while the exact relationship between high glucose (and inflammation, as high glucose levels are known to cause inflammation) and lower success rates in IVF may not be fully understood yet, it is becoming clear that in order to maximize the chance of a successful IVF cycle it is important to address the whole person, including lifestyle.

Dr. Peyman Saadat encourages everyone to adopt a daily diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables, quality protein and a small amount of complex carbohydrates is the best approach to keep you healthy before, during and after your IVF cycle, and into your pregnancy and after. This is not about losing weight, although that can be an added benefit. This is simply about giving your body the best nutrients you can and creating an optimal environment for your developing eggs (and sperm – this applies to you men as well!).

When you are ready to move forward with fertility treatment, call Dr. Peyman Saadat at 310.929.6707.