Here are ten things you can do to increase your fertility:
Eat right and ensure proper nutrition – You’ve heard it before: eating healthy and maintaining a healthy body weight help to promote optimal reproductive health. Vitamins are absorbed best in food form, so eat whole grains, vegetables, and fruits to ensure you’re receiving the proper nutrition you need at this important time in your life. Even with healthy eating, you may still not be receiving all the vitamins needed when trying-to-conceive – women should be taking a prenatal vitamin to prepare their body for conception and it is recommended that men take a multivitamin as well.
Exercise – When it comes to exercise, a delicate balance is needed to ensure optimal fertility. On the one hand, it’s important to be active and maintain a healthy lifestyle when you’re trying to conceive. On the other hand, excessive exercise can prevent you from ovulating and hinder your conception efforts. As the result of Harvard studies demonstrating its effectiveness in increasing conception rates, yoga has become the exercise of choice for trying-to-conceive women. There are even yoga programs designed specifically for trying-to-conceive women.
Don’t Drink or Smoke – Simple as that. And this goes for men, too, (sorry, guys) as smoking and excessive drinking have been linked to reduced sperm counts. Ensure good health and optimize your chances of getting pregnant by cutting out drinking and smoking.
Don’t Douche – Douching should be avoided when trying-to-conceive for a few reasons. First, douching removes fertile-quality cervical mucus, the medium in which sperm must live and travel. Second, douching introduces bacteria into the vagina which can lead to infections that may hinder conception. Long story short, if you’re trying to get pregnant and are accustomed to regular douching, you may want to consider discontinuing (unless directed otherwise by your doctor).
Know when you ovulate – At best, you have 5-6 possible days of conceiving – the days prior to ovulation and your actual ovulation date. Use ovulation tests and/or a fertility monitor, as well as natural signs, like the consistency of your cervical mucus and basal body temperature to determine your peak fertile days.
Try to Establish a Regular Cycle – Predicting your fertile days is easier to accomplish if you have a consistently regular cycle and know when to test for ovulation. “Regular cycle” doesn’t necessarily mean a 28 day cycle – but it helps if each month you have relatively the same length of cycle, whether it be 27 days or 34 days. Natural fertility supplements, such as FertilAid for Women, are designed to help regulate your cycle by correcting any hormonal imbalances and promoting overall reproductive wellness.
Time Intercourse When You are Ovulating – So, you have established a regular cycle, and are using tools to help predict ovulation and you know you are in your fertile window - it’s time to baby dance! Knowing your fertile days drastically increases your chances of conceiving so make sure you time intercourse when you are most fertile.
Use the “Missionary” Position – Missionary position (man on top) is a good way to increase your chances of conceiving. This position allows the sperm to pool around your cervix. It may also be helpful to remain laying in this position for a while following intercourse (10-20 minutes) allowing the sperm to swim up through the cervix. Another position that may help your chances, particularly if you have a retroverted uterus, is “doggy style” (hands and knees position) – it allows the sperm to reach the cervix as well.
Address Possible Male Factors – Male infertility factors play a role in about half of infertility cases. Low sperm count, slow sperm movement (motility), or abnormal shape (morphology) tend to be main culprits for male infertility. When a couple is having a hard time conceiving – it is important that both individuals are testing for infertility issues. The good news is that natural, non-prescription supplements, such as FertilAid for Men, are effective at increasing sperm count and improving the motility and morphology of sperm.
See a Fertility Specialist After 1 Year of Trying-To-Conceive – There are many factors to take into account when deciding if it’s time to see a fertility specialist; however, a general rule of thumb is to see a specialist after one year of unsuccessful trying-to-conceive efforts. Factors that may reduce that time include age, multiple miscarriages, a history of ectopic pregnancy, or low sperm count.