What Factors Affect Fertility?
What was at play here? How and why did this change positively affect Hogan's fertility? There are two big things to look at here: Hogan's shift to a primarily meat-based diet as well as her significant weight loss. Notably, several studies show that eating large amounts of meat can actually have an adverse effect on fertility. However, beef has a large number of nutrients that can contribute positively to fertility -- high levels of zinc, for example, helps with reproduction. Being overweight can substantially lower fertility ("Body fat levels that are 10 to 15% above normal can overload the body with estrogen, throwing off the reproductive cycle," Parents explains) and getting back to a healthy weight can easily increase couples' chances of conceiving. Autoimmune disorders, smoking, alcohol, and certain medications can also have a negative impact on fertility. Although a no-carb diet may have worked for Hogan, most experts say that this type of diet is not healthy in the long run.
When Natural Fixes Aren't Enough
Of course, people all over the world may still have difficulty conceiving, even if they have all (or most) of these things under wraps. Statistically speaking, at least one in eight couples will have trouble getting pregnant. And that's where infertility treatments, like artificial insemination and IVF treatments, come in. Fertility clinics can be an invaluable resource, and they are a resource that 7.4 million women use every year. Encouragingly, nearly two-thirds (65%) of patients who seek professional help and infertility treatments will become pregnant.
There are a lot of different things that can affect fertility. For the best chances of conceiving, consider what can and cannot impact fertility (e.g., medication, tobacco use, weight, etc.) and don't shy away from professional medical help.