Food not hormones key to pregnancy

Hope for couples struggling with pregnancy arrives via a new diet alternative to hormone treatment

The Copenhagen Post

Thursday, 30 April 2009 10:55 RC News

A Danish pair claims to have come up with a better way to increase a woman’s chances of getting pregnant without the need for medical assistance.

In their new book, ‘Spis dig gravid’ (‘Eat your way to pregnancy’) – which hits bookstores today – gynaecologist Bjarne Stigsby and dietician Charlotte Hartvig claim that high levels of insulin in the body can weaken the ovaries and inhibit fertilisation, and have therefore devised a special new diet which can lower insulin levels.

The two say that sticking to the programme – called the KISS diet – can significantly increase a woman’s chances for pregnancy while eliminating the need for artificial insemination or hormone treatment. And according to Stigsby’s statistics, 69 percent of the women who have used the KISS diet methods have been able to have a child without medical treatment.

‘We used to distinguish between the natural way to have a child and the artificial ways – either artificial insemination or hormone treatment,’ said Stigsby. ‘But now there’s a third way, and that’s through food. With the right diet many women can eat their way toward pregnancy.’

Food groups such as meats, fish, eggs, poultry, nuts and green vegetables all decrease insulin levels, according to Stigsby and Hartvig. On the flip side, they recommend avoiding sweets and foods typically high in starches and carbohydrates, such as potatoes, white bread, pasta, root-based vegetables and grain-oriented food items.

Research has also shown that lower insulin levels reduce the risk of miscarriage and toxaemia. Hartvig added that many women worry about the negative affects of traditional hormone treatments.

‘It negatively affects their moods and can sometimes lead to multiple births,’ she said. ‘The advantage of the KISS diet is that it fundamentally re-establishes the body’s balance and ensures a woman’s normal cycle.’

Stigsby added that the KISS diet can also increase potency in men, as a high insulin count can limit testosterone levels.

Comment from Leslie
Yes, now we are going down a healthy path – detoxing the body, a healthier diet  and lifestyle – we do want to bring healthy children into this world don’t we?  As I mentioned yesterday in a post about fertility, when the body is no longer healthy, or feels that it can sustain itself, the first system to shut down is reproduction – an innate form of birth control if you will.

So get away from drugs and start a natural diet – many are also choosing a gluten free route and enhance your fertility.  What do you have to loose?  At least eating healthy foods won’t cause multiple births, right?


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.