One in six couples now find it difficult to conceive and a quarter of all pregnancies can end in a miscarriage and more and more couples are turning to fertility treatments to help them have a family.There are a variety of simple, effective ways to help improve a couple’s chances of conceiving. These natural techniques can be beneficial for all couples trying to conceive.
1. Eat Foods That Are Rich in Antioxidants
Staying well nourished boosts your odds of conceiving! Make sure to include enough protein, iron, zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D in your diet, because deficiencies in these nutrients have been linked to lengthened menstrual cycles (and therefore less frequent ovulation) and a higher risk of early miscarriage. Ask your doctor if you should take a daily multivitamin supplement. And be sure to eat protein-rich foods, such as meat, fish, low-fat dairy products, eggs, and beans.
Antioxidants like folate and zinc may improve fertility for both men and women . Foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains are packed full of beneficial antioxidants like vitamins C and E, folate, beta-carotene and lutein.
2. Think Before Drinking
Alcohol consumption can negatively affect fertility. A growing body of research has linked alcohol consumption with a decreased ability to get pregnant (it can also harm a developing fetus). Alcohol alters estrogen levels, which may interfere with egg implantation, although pouring an occasional glass of Pinot with your dinner is unlikely to harm fertility.
3. Cut the Caffeine
There is plenty of evidence to show that caffeine, particularly in the form of coffee, decreases fertility. Drinking as little as one cup of coffee a day can halve your chances of conceiving and just two cups a day increases the risk of a miscarriage. One study showed that problems with sperm: sperm count, motility and abnormalities, increase with the number of cups of coffee consumed each day. Once again, it’s important to eliminate all caffeine- containing food and drinks for at least three months before trying to conceive. That includes colas, chocolate, black teas and coffee, among other things.
4. Watch Your Weight
Weight is one of the most influential factors when it comes to fertility. In fact, being either underweight or overweight is associated with increased infertility.
Excess body fat can lead to an overproduction of certain hormones that disrupt ovulation. Your cycles may be less regular, you may ovulate less often, and you lower your chances of getting pregnant. On the flip side, too little body fat means your body may not produce enough hormones to ovulate each month or to sustain a pregnancy if you do conceive. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight.
5. Increase Your Iron Intake
Consuming iron supplements and non-heme iron, which comes from plant-based foods, may decrease the risk of ovulatory infertility.
6. Quit smoking.
Use of tobacco products is another leading cause of infertility amongst both men and women. Women who smoke risk aging their ovaries and depleting their eggs prematurely. In men, smoking is associated with reduced sperm counts, decreased sperm mobility, and even misshapen sperm. Quitting all at once is rarely the most effective way to stop smoking for good. Consult your doctor concerning the best smoking cessation aids that are also safe for a couple trying to conceive.
7. Avoid exposure to chemicals and toxins.
Both women and men should limit exposure to chemicals and other toxins, which can lead to menstrual disorders in women and reduced, damaged sperm counts in men. You should wear protective clothing and equipment whenever possible if you work with chemicals. Some of those to avoid include Nitrous oxide if you work as a dentist or dental assistant, Organic solvents like those found in dry cleaning chemicals , Agricultural chemicals, Industrial and manufacturing chemicals, Salon hair treatment chemicals.
8. Check your lubricant
Some sexual lubricants actually make it harder for sperm to reach their goal of fertilizing an egg. But even certain natural lubes (like saliva and olive oil) should be avoided. Instead, opt for better choices such as canola, peanut, vegetable, baby, or mineral oils. Or consider using Pre-Seed, an over-the-counter lube that’s designed to be sperm- friendly.
9. Take Time to Relax
Increased stress levels can also affect reproductive hormones and fertility in both men and women.If you experience high levels of stress in your work life or at home, then ensure you take time to relax with meditation, your favorite hobbies, or any other preferred stress- reducing activity.
10. Have sex
Chances of conception rise from 15% for couples having sex once a week to 50% for couples having sex three to four times a week. Sex keeps sperm healthy. Its quality falls if it’s retained in the body for more than three days. After reading this article I hope you now have a clearer idea of how to live a healthy fertility lifestyle.