Top Tips to Boost Fertility
Whether you’re thinking about a family soon or are already trying to conceive, there are many things you can do to take control of your health and gently work to boost your fertility. Here are some key factors you can start to incorporate, to help support your chances of natural conception or success with Assisted Reproductive Techniques like IVF.
Factor 1 – Let Food Be Thy Medicine
If you are what you eat, then your future baby is what you ate before conception! It’s important for both prospective parents to recognise the importance of good food, and an excellent diet for at least 4 months prior to conception may help to optimise egg and sperm quality and address any nutritional imbalances in the body.
Weight and fitness can affect male and female fertility so it’s best to have a healthy BMI and take regular, gentle exercise before trying for a baby.
Factor 2 – “Bad” Habits
Smoking, drinking alcohol, street drugs and caffeine can all impact male and female health and fertility. Aim to give them up before trying to conceive. It’s not always easy but there is help available privately or sometimes through your GP practice.
Some over-the-counter and prescription drugs can also impact fertility too and you should discuss any current medication with your GP.
Factor 3 – Reproductive Health
It’s sensible to have a sexual health check up before trying to conceive. Your local GUI clinic can test for genito-urinary infections, some of which are symptomless.
If you have already been given a diagnosis that may impact fertility, for example PCOS or endometriosis, you can still optimise your own health to boost your fertility and chances of natural conception through your lifestyle choices.
The UK NHS has guidelines on when couples qualify for fertility investigations and treatments. If you are looking for support but don’t qualify for help, there are tests available privately, support groups and complementary therapies that may help you.
Factor 4 – “Hazards” of Modern Living
As ever, opinion is divided about the impacts of modern living on health and fertility, such as chemical exposure,toxic metals, impacts of electromagnetic radiation, stress etc.
It’s worth cleaning up your life to give yourself the best chance of conceiving and having a healthy baby. Unfortunately, potential risks are everywhere- at home, in work, in the garden. Just do whatever you can to minimise your risk, and eating a natural, wholesome diet may help to boost your antioxidant and nutrient intake, so that your body has the tools it needs to detoxify any pollutants you come into contact with. That way you’ll be helping to boost fertility by supporting egg quality and sperm health, as well as hormonal balance and your ability to conceive.
Stress can also affect health, fertility and relationships, so take steps to manage any pressure in your life, positively.
Factor 5 – Understanding Healthy Female Cycles
It’s surprising how little we know generally (or are taught) about female cycles and fertility. See our previous blog posts When Can I Get Pregnant and How Do I know I’m Ovulating for the basics of female reproduction.
Female cycles can be influenced by artificial hormones e.g. the pill, implants, morning after pill and sometimes cycles do not always “normalize” quickly afterwards. Every woman is different. Symptoms such as very heavy bleeding, pain and irregular cycles may indicate underlying issues and imbalances, so see your GP to check.
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