General Article Trying to conceive: ‘I made lifestyle changes and lost five stone for IVF’

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Kate Lipp and her husband Nick, who struggled to conceive for four years, overhauled their lifestyle

By Claudia Tanner

Trying for a baby can be an emotional roller coaster, especially if you are struggling to fall pregnant as quickly as you’d hoped.

While couples can’t control all of the causes of fertility issues, there are a number of lifestyle changes which can have a significant impact on the ability to conceive, including quitting smoking, getting to a healthy body weight, exercising and following a nutritious diet.

A healthy BMI is important for both partners’ fertility, and if a woman’s BMI is above 30, she risks being excluded from NHS-funded IVF treatment.

There is growing evidence to suggest that a typical western diet – with high intakes of processed red meat, sugar, fat, and refined grains – can impact egg quality and sperm quality.

Kate Lipp and her husband Nick had no success try

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