This store sign reminded me of a topic I've been asked about...
Does eating pineapple help fertility?
I'm unaware of any studies addressing this question.
My approach is more of a "it can't hurt" one. A number of people in online forums have credited their pregnancy, at least in part to eating pineapple.
Bromelain is the enzyme in pineapples that is thought to help with embryo implantation by reducing inflammation. It is also a blood thinner so can help improve blood flow to the uterus.
If you want to use pineapple as you try to conceive, here are a few guidelines:
- Cut up a whole pineapple. Cut the green top off and remove the outer peel of the pineapple with a knife. (Youtube it if you need extra help.) Slice horizontally into 6-8 pieces (keep the core!) and eat one piece daily starting the day after ovulation/IUI/IVF transfer. Stop eating pineapple after a positive pregnancy test.
- Canned pineapple CANNOT be substituted. The bromelain has been destroyed by the canning process.
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