Following on from our webinar on ’Female Fertility – The Impact of Diet and Lifestyle’, we’ve pulled together some of the key resources and references discussed within the webinar. If you missed the live webinar, you can register to watch the recording.


Polycystic ovary syndrome (2022). National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)Clinical knowledge summary

A clinical update on diet and fertility (2021). British Dietetic Association. Current evidence around specific nutrients and dietary factors to consider within dietetic practice for optimising fertility

Weight management before, during and after pregnancy (2010). NICE. Public health guideline [PH27].

Fertility Problems: assessment and treatment. (2017). NICE. Clinical Guideline [CG156]


he effect of healthy dietary patterns on male semen quality: a systematic review and meta-analysis. (2022). Cao LL et al. Study showing that the sperm concentration, progressive sperm motility, and total sperm count were significantly higher in men with higher versus lower consumption of healthy dietary patterns

The Effect of Dietary Patterns on Clinical Pregnancy and Live Birth Outcomes in Men and Women Receiving Assisted Reproductive Technologies: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. (2022) Kellow NJ et al. Review which aimed to synthesize the published research investigating the relation between preconception dietary patterns and clinical pregnancy

The Influence of Diet on Ovulation Disorders in Women—A Narrative Review. (2022) Jurczewska J, Szostak-Węgierek D. Study which summarizes the most recent research on the influence of dietary factors on ovulation disorders and indicate the possibilities of future research

A prospective study of dietary carbohydrate quantity and quality in relation to risk of ovulatory infertility. (2022). Chavarro JE, Rich-Edwards JW, Rosner BA, Willett WC. The study showed  that the amount and quality of carbohydrate in the diet may be important determinants of ovulation and fertility in healthy women

Effectiveness of Dietary Interventions in the Treatment of Endometriosis: a Systematic Review. (2022). Nirgianakis K et al. Systematic review exploring the role of diet in endometrosis

Improvement of Insulin Sensitivity Increases Pregnancy Rate in Infertile PCOS Women: A Systemic Review. (2021). Liu Y et al. Study highlighting the benefits of improving insulin sensitivity in infertile PCOS women

Impact of sleep on female and male reproductive functions: a systematic review. (2021). Caetano G et al. Study suggesting that sleep may be an original and innovative parameter to consider in the reproduction field

Adherence to the Mediterranean diet, dietary patterns and body composition in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). (2019). Barrea L et al. The study showed a direct association between the adherence to Mediterranean and the clinical severity of the disease was reported in women with PCOS

 Lifestyle and fertility: the influence of stress and quality of life on female fertility. (2018). Palomba S et al. Study showing the higher associations of stress within infertile women

Effectiveness of Omega-3 fatty acid for polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. (2018). Yang K et al. Supporting study for the role of omega 3 fatty acids in PCOS

The Effect of Low Carbohydrate Diets on Fertility Hormones and Outcomes in Overweight and Obese Women: A Systematic Review. (2017).

Female alcohol consumption and fecundability: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis. (2017). Fan D et al. Review supporting the benefits of avoiding alcohol to improve fertility

Maternal whole grain intake and outcomes of in vitro fertilization. (2016). Gaskins AJ et al. Study showing higher pre-treatment whole grain intakes were related to higher probability of live birth among women undergoing IVF

The preconception Mediterranean dietary pattern in couples undergoing in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection treatment increases the chance of pregnancy. (2010). Vujkovic M et al. Study showing a preconception “Mediterranean” diet by couples undergoing IVF/ICSI treatment contributes to the success of achieving pregnancy

Fertility issues in women with diabetes. (2009). Livshits A, Seidman DS. Study showing improving glycaemic control has benefits for fertiltiy

Protein intake and ovulatory infertility. (2008). Chavarro JE et al. Study showing that replacing animal sources of protein with vegetable sources of protein may reduce ovulatory infertility risk

Dietary fatty acid intakes and the risk of ovulatory infertility. (2007). Chavarro JE et al. Study showing that unsaturated fats may increase the risk of ovulatory infertility when consumed instead of carbohydrates or unsaturated fats commonly found in nonhydrogenated vegetable oils

Dietary factors and risk of spontaneous abortion (2001). Di Cintio E et al. Study suggesting that a diet poor in several aspects, including vegetables and fruit, milk and dairy products, but rich in fats, may be a determinant or a correlate of increased risk of spontaneous abortion


Nutrition for Pregnancy Course 2023 –  designed for registered and student dietitians and nutritionists. 3 weekly sessions over Jan and Feb 2023. Pre-recorded sessions with a live panel discussion at the end. If interested, please email the BDA Maternal and Fertility Group ( to be on the waiting list

@BdaMaternal (twitter) and bda_maternalandfertility (Instagram)


Fertility Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals – new course coming soon, follow Ro’s Instagram to look out for updates


Website – Website for Hertility Health – at home hormone testing, includes an online self-assessment


Infertility. National Health Service (NHS).

Folic AcidNHS. General information including supplementation of folic acid

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and diet: Food Fact Sheet (2022). British Dietetic Association (BDA). Food Fact Sheet for diet and PCOS

How to optimise egg quality meal plan ang guide. Ro Huntriss. 

Nutrition for Sperm Health meal plan and guide. Ro Huntriss. 

Weight Gain for Fertility meal plan and guideRo Huntriss. 


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