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 may however, be adverse for fertility. Curcumin reduces the growth of the cells lining the uterus (endometrial cells). This is why can may be a useful during treatment of endometriosis if a woman is not trying to conceive.
If a woman is trying to conceive, curcumin may be associated with a thinning of the lining of the wall of the uterus and may therefore reduce implantation. If you are undertaking an IVF cycle avoiding curcumin may be wise.