Vegan Diet & Fertility
My husband and I are vegan. We eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and grains. Is that good for fertility?
A: Sorry to be the bearer of the worst possible news: being vegetarian or having a vegan diet is actually terrible for your fertility. There have been lots of studies that show that most vegetarians and vegans do not get enough amino acids, enough essential and nonessential amino acids to make good quality sex cells, like egg and sperm.
The best thing that I do and with my patients who are vegetarian, we make sure that we test their amino acid profile and we always have to rectify.
I was a vegetarian for 12 years and the reason that I started eating meat again was because of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome I just was not able to balance my hormones and my cycles and my blood sugars, and all of that. This is Karla’s Story.
#Team Rosa: I know about being vegetarian and having sub optimal fertility results (actually no results at all!). I was a vegetarian for 14 years before seeing Gabriela. The comprehensive testing she did show that I was severely malnourished, especially when it came to amino acids.
In addition, I had candida issues from over consumption of carbohydrates. I was already food combining vegetable protein sources, eating eggs (but found out I was intolerant to the egg white!) and taking a protein powder. So, I decided to bite the bullet and start eating meat again.
I had become vegetarian for a number of reasons one of them being that I thought it was healthier but also because I am an animal lover. The way I came to terms with it was by only buying truly free range organic meat. That way, I knew it had been raised humanely and ethically.
Anyway, I’m here to tell you that after several years of miscarriages and then not being able to fall pregnant at all, I conceived first try after doing Gabriela’s program. I have 3 children now. If for ethical reasons, you just can’t try meat again, you will need to be super diligent and implement the fertility diet recommendations outlined by Gabriela.
If you have been struggling to conceive and with decisions about your fertility then we encourage you to register for the next #FertilityChallenge, an education and activity series designed to help you make better, more informed choices.