The Impact of Micronutrients on Fertility


When pursuing what may sometimes seem like the elusive parenthood dream, we often fixate on the macro aspects – tracking ovulation, timing intimacy, screening for issues. But there are other factors at play, and their impact is frequently overlooked.

In this case, we’re talking about micronutrients – those vitamins, minerals, and other compounds that serve as the biochemical makeup of our bodies’ finely-tuned system. Small in size, yet powerful in influence.

At First Fertility, we understand micronutrients aren’t merely supplementary optional things to try – they play a pivotal role in your fertility. Through this article, we hope to educate our patients about their roles so you can understand why optimizing their levels is so integral to our approach.

Why are Micronutrients Important for Pregnancy?

Your reproductive system is a delicate matter, with each micronutrient supporting.

Vitamin D, for instance, can influence ovulation and hormonal balance. Insufficient levels and those ovulatory harmonies can quickly decline.

The duo of zinc and selenium play a role in regulating the production of prolactin and testosterone.

Vitamins C, E, coenzyme Q10, and carotenoids like lycopene play a crucial role in fertility. They work as antioxidants, protecting cells from oxidative stress and supporting reproductive function.

It’s a delicate balancing act, one where even the slightest micronutrient imbalance can throw the entire reproductive score into discord.

Micronutrients don’t operate in a vacuum. They work together to maximize overall reproductive performance.

Take folate and vitamin B12 as an example. They combine to support metabolism-regulation that helps prevent neural tube defects and keeps chromosomes lined up efficiently.

Another combination is iron, copper, and zinc. They work together to support strong enzymatic activity and maintain balanced estrogenic systems.

Also iodine plays a pivotal supporting role by ensuring thyroid hormone production works well during pregnancy. Iodine is necessary to meet the increased thyroid hormone production and to provide iodine to the fetus and neonate. However, excessive iodine can cause fetal hypothyroidism, so very high doses of iodine should be avoided. Iodine can be obtained from fortified bread, dairy, and seafood.

The absence of even a single micronutrient can disrupt the entire fertile flow.