How to Boost Fertility Naturally
Sometimes getting pregnant is not as simple as having sex because certain seemingly negligible factors can disrupt your body’s balance and thus affect your fertility. Timing is important to successfully conceive but specialists also suggest other ways to boost fertility.
Consider the following tips for naturally boosting your fertility. Many of these are easy enough and require fairly simple modifications to your lifestyle.
Watch your weight
Being underweight or overweight can affect your fertility in several ways. Excess body fat can cause your body to overproduce certain hormones and this could disrupt your cycle. On the other hand, too little body fat can keep you from producing enough hormones necessary for ovulation.
Eat a balanced diet and consider doing exercises to maintain a healthy weight. Don’t overdo your workouts, though, because heavy exercises could put your body under stress and disrupt your menstrual cycle.
Think before you drink
Drinking too much alcoholic or caffeinated beverages may affect your fertility. A Swedish study found that women who consumed two alcoholic drinks per day lowered their fertility by almost 60 percent. Alcohol consumption can alter the levels of estrogen and testosterone in your body and thus affect your menstrual cycle.
Although it is not necessary to quit completely, the key is moderation and it’s the same with coffee. Experts suggest limiting caffeine consumption to less than 200-250 milligrams per day.
Aside from the numerous health risks associated with smoking, cigarette smoking also has adverse effects on both you and your partner’s fertility. The chemicals found in cigarettes not only damage women’s eggs, they can interfere with fertilization and implantation. Smoking also causes ovaries to age and result in permanent damage in your fertility. In the case of men, smoking can decrease sperm production.
Choose the right lubricant
If you and your partner are using lubricants, make sure to check that they are not toxic to sperm. Some lubricants have spermicidal agents and others (like water-based ones) can inhibit sperm motility by up to 60% to 100%. Some experts recommend using canola, peanut, vegetable, mineral or baby oils.
A survey of 401 couples trying to conceive found that women who had high levels of alpha-amylase, a stress biomarker, had 29 percent chance of getting pregnant compared to women who had lower levels of the stress biomarker. Too much stress can cause disruptions on your menstrual cycle so make sure to find healthy coping mechanisms.
Consider enrolling in yoga class or try daily meditation. Having a support group that encourages you and your partner also helps.
Avoid toxic chemicals
It’s pretty straightforward to say we should avoid toxic chemicals but in reality there are plenty of harmful substances lurking around us in plain sight. For example, fruits and vegetables may contain traces of pesticides and these chemicals have been shown to have adverse effects on fertility.
A study published in Human Reproduction in 2015, showed that foods exposed to pesticides can affect sperm count. In fact, men who ate these foods had lower sperm count and lower quality sperm. Choose to eat organic fruits an vegetables.
Have a lot of sex
Frequent sex will naturally regulate your hormones and menstrual cycle so it’s time to get busy in the bedroom. Certain studies have shown that women who have consistent sex (at least weekly) are more likely to have regular menstrual cycles. Also, obviously, frequent sex will increase your chances of conception. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine reports that sex once to two days within your fertile window will give you the best chance of pregnancy.
Here is an infographic about ovulation that could help you understand and care for your body better: