Solutions for Overcoming Infertility
The words “infertility” or “subfertility” are equivalent terms that are used to describe certain difficulties or obstacles that trying-to-conceive couples may face in their efforts to become pregnant. Technically, infertility is defined as an inability to conceive after a couple has had one year of regular unprotected intercourse. A diagnosis of infertility or subfertility does not foreclose the possibility of pregnancy. It simply means that achieving pregnancy may be more of a challenge and that you may require interventions or possibly medical support – from simple fertility charting and increased focus on health to fertility acupuncture or seeing an infertility specialist. If you have questions regarding potential infertility or subfertility questions, we urge you to discuss them with your doctor.
Options and Methods to Help You Conceive
Any doctor will tell you that fertility charting is the first step in helping you increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Fertility charting is defined as the integration of several different natural methods of predicting when you are most fertile – the days just prior to ovulation and the 24 hours after you ovulate. Fertility charting requires that you observe natural fertility signs and symptoms every day throughout your cycle and note them on a fertility chart (or ovulation calendar). Charting may also integrate different methods of ovulation testing, including urine LH tests, ovulation microscopes, or fertility monitoring devices. By maintaining a fertility chart, you can learn about your body, understand its rhythms and nuances, and predict when you become most fertile (and then time intercourse accordingly). When charting, the fertility signs to look for include:
– Using a basal thermometer to determine when (what day) you ovulate.
– Observing changes in the quantity and quality of cervical mucus.
– Determining the position of the cervix.
– Recording ovulation pains (or mittelschmerz).
– Ovulation testing or using a fertility monitor.
To learn more about these trying to conceive strategies, please visit our Articles section. Also, reading a reputable and very helpful guidebook like Taking Charge of Your Fertility is highly recommended!
Health and Wellness
While charting can vastly increase your odds of conceiving, you should also attend to basic issues of health, diet and wellness. If you are woman who is overweight or underweight, your body may be impacted by your physical condition in ways the affect the levels and balance of reproductive hormones. This imbalance, in turn, can cause issues associated with cycle irregularity or problems in ovulating. Talk to your doctor about a safe, healthy diet and exercise regimen (men too!). Also, its advised to start using a prenatal vitamin with folic acid even before you become pregnant. Please note that issues relating to insomnia, stress, or certain medical conditions may also impact fertility.
Alternative Medicine and Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an increasingly popular method of dealing with subfertility or infertility issues. Many women have had a great deal of success using traditional practices like acupuncture to help increase fertility. In addition to acupuncture, there are a number of naturopathic clinics that also deal with fertility. You may also look at a range of new natural fertility supplements on the market designed to help promote regular ovulation, hormonal balance, and overall reproductive wellness. Click here to read more about fertility supplements.
If you have been actively trying to conceive for over a year, you may consider consulting your doctor or consulting a specialist. Infertility clinics use advanced medical treatments and technologies to diagnose and address both male and female infertility issues – and offer a wide range of solutions in helping you conceive after prolonged TTC efforts. To learn more about infertility and seeing a specialist, click here.