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Welcome to the ATwD Fertility page!


We’re here to help you along your journey - whether its understanding how your lifestyle impacts your fertility, or knowing what changes can be made to help; anything is possible with the right knowledge and support.

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Patient Success Story

What the Experts Have to Say

Listen to our Afternoon Tea with Dr Ulrich Bartel a leading expert Consultant in Women's Health, and Lisa Simon a dietician part of Plant Based Health Online where they discuss

  • How lifestyle impacts of fertility

  • How to improve your chances of conceiving through using lifestyle medicine

How Can Changing Your Lifestyle Help With Fertility

How does our Lifestyle Contribute to Fertility

As you’ve heard in the discussions above, fertility greatly varies in different parts of the world, with significantly less decline in women aged 30-40 in Thailand than in Finland. As well as this, even the “norm” of sperm motility has significantly reduced over the last 30 years throughout the world. This can likely be attributed to the changes in our lifestyle. From the chronic stress of our hectic day to day life, to physical inactivity, and a diet of highly processed and pro-inflammatory foods, we are quite literally attacking our body. This chronic low grade inflammation directly effects both our eggs and sperm and contributes to fertility issues.


What Are the Evidence-Based Recommendations for People Trying to Conceive?


Diet - Eat a whole food plant-based diet high in fibre. Take folate and vitamin b12 supplementation

Exercise - Try to be as active as possible in your day, ensuring a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity 5 days a week

Stress - Using stress relieving measures such as exercise, mindfulness, meditation, yoga etc to ensure you feel relaxed and content

Sleep - Getting good quality and good quantity of sleep every night

Social Connection - Ensuring you have a supportive environment with your partner and social circle

Avoiding Harmful substances - avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs


Hopefully from the expert talk and advice above you’ve seen just how important these aspects of your life are on your fertility and overall health and placing them as a priority should be your first-line treatment, whether it be that you’re just starting out, or alongside medical fertility investigations and treatment, the evidence is clear that this will help you along your way. Check out our resources below  to help get you started

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Websites and Podcasts

Dr Ulrich Bartel's Women's Health Page

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Plant Based Health Online Factsheet

Women for Women's Health Page

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Further Support - ATwD Women's Health Series

Looking for further support on your journey with Women's Health conditions?

Check out all of our Women's Health videos, from expert discussions to patient success stories, the knowledge to help yourself is at your fingertips