Women who eat more junk food and not enough fruit are less likely to be able to conceive easily, a new study has found.
Published in the journal Human Reproduction, the study found that women who ate fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to get pregnant than those who consumed it rarely or never.
Women in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland were surveyed about what they had eaten in the month before they became pregnant with their first child. However, the study authors admitted that this resulted in limitations to the study as it relied on their memories.
Researchers found those women who had eaten fruit fewer than one to three times a month took half a month longer on average to become pregnant than those who had eaten it three or more times daily.
They also found that women who ate the lowest amount of fruit had a 12 per cent risk of being unable to conceive within a year, while those who had eaten fast food four or more times a week had a 16 per cent risk of not conceiving in that timeframe.