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Updated 07 May 2013

High-protein, low-carb diet may boost fertility

A study of women undergoing in vitro fertilisation found that they were more likely to conceive with a higher protein diet.

Women who are undergoing fertility treatment may be more likely to conceive if they get a good amount of protein in their diets, a small new study suggests.

The study, of 120 women undergoing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) at one medical centre, found that those who ate plenty of protein and relatively few carbohydrates were more likely to become pregnant.

Among women who got at least 25% of their daily calories from protein, 67% became pregnant. That compared with 32% of women who had less protein in their diets. What's more, women who got plenty of protein and relatively few carbohydrates - less than 40% of their calories - had the highest pregnancy rate, at 80%.

Learn more about fertility issues from the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

 
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