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Turmeric is currently being named a ‘super food’ and used in almost everything (even in lattes). Curcumin is an active ingredient in turmeric, which commonly known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. We look into if Turmeric affects your fertility or trying to conceive. 

How does turmeric (or cucumin) affect fertility?

Recently we have found that the active ingredient cucumin in turmeric could be adverse for fertility. Curcumin reduces the growth of the cells in the lining of the uterus (endometrial cells). This is why it can be useful during treatment of endometriosis, if you're not trying to conceive.


If you are trying to conceive, curcumin may be associated with thinning of the lining of the uterus wall and may therefore reduce embryo implantation. If you are undertaking an IVF cycle avoiding curcumin may be wise.

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