The path to having a baby is not always a clear and easy one. Many obstacles can block the way, which is why so many people turn to IVF treatment to help overcome them. For hopeful parents, the desire to become pregnant can become all-consuming, and just about anything will be done to achieve this. Reading about fertility tips can become an obsession, and there are so many IVF myths out there which can confuse and distract.
Two particularly well-known home remedies that claim to improve fertility are pomegranate juice and green tea. However, just how successful are they and what effect do they have on your overall wellbeing?
Pomegranate Juice for Fertility
Rich in antioxidants, there are many who claim that pomegranate juice can benefit female fertility, for its ability to increase blood flow to the uterus and promote the uterine lining. Whilst a thick uterine lining is helpful for implantation, there is no clinical evidence to support the effect of pomegranate juice in achieving this.
However, if you generally like pomegranate juice, then keep drinking! It may not help the uterine lining but in moderation, it has numerous other health benefits, from anti-inflammatory properties to lowering blood pressure.
Green Tea and Fertility
We’ve all heard before about how great green tea is. Whether it’s helping you with having a balanced diet, lowering your cholesterol, or improving your blood flow, it seems to be the drink in every conversation. But what exactly is the relationship between green tea and fertility?
Similar to pomegranate juice, there is no clinical evidence to support the use of green tea in improving fertility. Nonetheless, green tea still has lots of great properties and natural ingredients, so if you like the beverage, there is little need to cut it out completely and you can still do your body good. Just watch out that you don’t drink too much, particularly at night, as it does contain some caffeine.
Overall Health is Key
Even though green tea and pomegranate juice may have little effect on fertility, they are still proven to be rich in goodness and there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a mug or a glass as part of a balanced diet.
Following the advice from your doctor or IVF consultant is always the best course of action and you should run any major health or diet changes past them. Your physical and mental wellbeing should always come first and the best thing you can do is stay relaxed and look after yourself on all counts. As one of our patients commented in a recent interview: “Don’t become consumed by pseudo-science ‘advice’. At one point we tried everything that the blogs recommended – flaxseed, green tea, the lot. But for us, it added pressure, trying to do all the ‘right’ things. Funnily enough, as soon as Emma gave it all up and relaxed, that was the cycle that worked. Your frame of mind is more important – if you’re happy and relaxed, I think it allows your body to get pregnant.”