Iodine Deficiency and Fecundity
Iodine deficiency may impact female fertility.
Researchers have observed a notable drop in fecundity, the probability of becoming pregnant in a single menstrual cycle, among women in China with iodine deficiency. No reduction was noted in those with iodine sufficiency.
Iodine is critical for making thyroid hormones that can ultimately impact fertility. As reported in Nutrients, even a mild iodine deficiency among the 1,653 eligible participants was determined to impact reproductive health. While these results need to be reproduced, so to speak, in women of other races, it appears to be wise for females who are hoping to conceive to make sure their iodine levels are sufficient. These iodine-containing foods can help do just that:
- iodized table salt
- seafood (cod, tuna, shrimp)
- dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese)
- whole eggs
See also: Caffeine and Pregnancy Outcomes
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