The Impact of Iron on Fertility

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Throughout your journey, understanding the role of vital nutrients, such as iron, in enhancing fertility can be a game-changer. 

Iron plays a crucial role in reproductive health for both men and women. It is essential for the production of healthy eggs in women and healthy sperm in men. Low iron levels in women can lead to anovulation, a condition where the ovaries do not release an oocyte during a menstrual cycle, which means pregnancy cannot occur. Iron is necessary for the production of healthy sperm.

Boosting Iron Intake

Increasing iron intake doesn't necessarily mean relying on supplements. Foods rich in iron can play a significant role in boosting your iron levels, such as:

  • Lean red meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish

Vegetarian sources of iron include:

  • Lentils
  • Spinach, and other leafy greens
  • Whole grains
  • Iron-fortified cereals

Combining iron-rich foods with those high in vitamin C can enhance your body's absorption of iron.


Supplements can help to ensure that you have optimal levels of specific vital nutrients for fertility alongside a healthy diet. We recommend a high quality preconception multivitamin which also includes iron such as Vitafem.

Paying attention to your iron levels can significantly increase your chances of conception. If you suspect that you may have an iron deficiency, it is recommended to seek advice from a healthcare professional to discuss the possibility of supplementation. 

Further reading

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    Fertility Tests Explained

  • IVF After 40


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