There is a positive relation between the level of iron in a woman’s body and her fertility. A low iron level may increase the risk of ovulatory infertility, as it affects the production of a healthy egg cell. Research shows that women who take iron supplements are 40% less prone to ovulatory infertility than those who do not take iron supplements. Furthermore, it has been found that the bigger the dose of iron, the lesser the risk of ovulation problems. Women who have taken the maximum allowable dose (41 mg of iron per day) are 62% less prone to ovulation problems. Talk to your doctor before you start taking iron supplements. He or she will probably want to first check the iron levels in your blood.

If your iron level is normal, it's still a good idea to eat foods rich in iron and to make sure your prenatal vitamins contain the adequate dose. Iron plays an important role in fertility and in fetal development. A developing fetus has a high need for iron and, when not getting enough, will tap the mother's resources, which can cause anemia. So it's a good idea to get sufficient amounts of iron even before you become pregnant.

Products rich in iron and having a possible positive effect on fertility include spinach, dried apricots, pumpkin seeds, legumes, broccoli, beet leaves, raisins and tofu. It's worth noting that vitamin C facilitates iron absorption. High amounts of vitamin C can be found in wild rose juice, oranges, red pepper, tomatoes, strawberries and kiwi.

Taking an adequate dose of iron will not result in immediate pregnancy, of course, but it will surely benefit your health and get you on the road to conception and a successful pregnancy.