Fertility nutrition myths debunked

When it comes to improving fertility and adopting a healthier lifestyle, it's easy to get lost in a sea of conflicting advice and misunderstandings. From what we eat to the choices we make, there's a lot of well-intended but often misguided information out there.


In this article, I am going to tackle some of the common myths about how diet and lifestyle affect fertility. By clearing up these misconceptions and providing practical insights backed by science, the aim is to help you make better-informed decisions on your journey to starting or growing your family. Let's dive in and uncover the truth about fertility and nutrition.

"You must eliminate entire food groups to improve fertility"

It's time to put this myth to rest. Cutting out entire food groups is not a prerequisite for enhancing fertility. In fact, a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of nutrients from different food groups can often be more beneficial. It's about making smart choices within each group that align with your fertility goals.

"Supplements are the ultimate key to fertility success"

While supplements can play a role in supporting fertility, they are not the sole key to success. A holistic approach that combines proper nutrition, lifestyle factors, and, yes, some supplements when needed, is the way to go. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that a pill can replace a balanced diet and healthy habits.

"The only solution if you're overweight and trying to conceive is to lose weight"

This myth can be misleading and oversimplified. While maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for fertility, it's not the only solution. Fertility can be influenced by various factors, including hormonal balance and nutrition. A more comprehensive approach that addresses these factors while also focusing on healthy weight management is often more effective in promoting fertility.

"Fertility diets are one-size-fits-all"

This myth assumes that a single fertility diet plan works for everyone. In reality, each person's nutritional needs and challenges are unique. Customised dietary plans (such as the plans I offer in my signature programme) tailored to an individual's health, preferences, and specific fertility issues often yield better results.

"Fertility superfoods guarantee success"

While certain foods are rich in fertility-boosting nutrients, there's no magical superfood that guarantees conception. Fertility is a holistic journey that requires a balanced diet, healthy habits, and sometimes medical assistance when needed. It's essential to focus on overall nutrition rather than relying solely on specific foods.

"Only age matters when it comes to fertility"

This myth oversimplifies the complex factors that influence fertility. While age plays a significant role, other factors such as nutrition, overall health, and lifestyle choices can also have a substantial impact on fertility. A healthy lifestyle and diet can help mitigate age-related fertility challenges.

"Only a woman's diet matters for fertility"

This myth is far from the truth. Fertility is a shared journey between partners, and both their diets play a crucial role. Men's nutrition matters just as much as women's when it comes to fertility. A well-balanced diet for both partners can contribute to improved fertility outcomes. Remember, it takes two to tango!

These myths can lead to confusion and misguided choices when it comes to fertility and preconception nutrition. It's essential to rely on evidence-based information and seek guidance from qualified professionals to ensure you're on the right path. 

If you're ready to separate fact from fiction and take control of your fertility and preconception journey, feel free to reach out for a free discovery call. I'm here to provide expert advice and support. During this call, you'll have the chance to discuss your unique needs and goals with our experts.

Together, we'll outline a personalised plan to help you achieve your dream of parenthood. Don't let misconceptions hold you back any longer. Contact me today and let's work together towards a brighter, healthier future. Your journey to optimal fertility begins here.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Nutritionist Resource are reviewed by our editorial team.

Share this article with a friend
London SW14 & E18
Written by Rania Salman, Registered Dietitian, PgDip (Merit), BSc (Honours), MBDA
London SW14 & E18

Rania Salman is a trained dietitian who uses an evidence-based approach to support you in reaching your goals. Her areas of expertise include Fertility, PCOS, weight loss/gain in addition to general health and well-being. She has worked in some of the most well-known NHS trusts, in addition to working for the private sector.

Show comments

Find a nutritionist dealing with Pregnancy and preconception

All nutrition professionals are verified

All nutrition professionals are verified