Nairobi News

LifeWhat's Hot

If you want to have sex and fall pregnant faster, eat fish, new study shows

Couples that eat more fish tend to have more sex and get pregnant faster, according to new study conducted by Harvard and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The study claims that the omega 3 in fish does increase both male and female fertility, which may explain why fish eaters have an easier time getting pregnant.

The study looked at the diets of 501 couples who were actively trying to conceive and had enrolled in the Longitudinal Investigation of Fertility and the Environment Study (2005 to 2009).

Female partners were aged 18-to-44 years and had menstrual cycles between 21 and 42 days. Male partners were aged over 18.

During the observation period, the couple’s daily seafood intake was recorded. The participants were asked how often they ate canned tuna fish, fresh fish, shrimp, crab and other shellfish. The couples also documented how often they had sex.

The study showed that couples with the highest seafood intake (eight or more seafood servings a cycle) had 22 per cent more sex than the couples who ate less seafood.


Couples who ate eight or more seafood servings between them had a 95 per cent higher chance of falling pregnant compared to couples consuming less seafood.

For example, 92 percent of the couples who enjoyed fish and shellfish more than twice a week were pregnant by the end of one year, Men’s Health reported.

Couples with the highest seafood intake also were the most likely to get pregnant within the year.

This study did not set out to explain the reasoning behind this, but past research has suggested that people who eat more fish tend to be healthier all around.

The original reason why shellfish such as oysters were linked to increased libido was due to their high zinc content.

Studies have shown that in humans, dietary zinc intake has a positive correlation with testosterone levels and in rats that zinc therapy improves sexual competence.