Do you dream of hearing the pitter-patter of little feet toddling around your living room? Are you planning to become a mommy soon? The odds are in your favor: 84% of women under thirty-five who are trying to conceive will get pregnant within the first year.
While news reports about infertility can be frightening, the majority of women will conceive without difficulty. However, if you want to increase your chances of becoming pregnant, there are some dietary and behavioural changes you can make that may boost your fertility.
For some couples, getting pregnant is quick and easy. For others, things are not as easy.
Sometimes, problems are linked to such specific physiological issues as blocked fallopian tubes in the woman or low to no sperm count in the man — problems that can be addressed by a fertility specialist and subsequent treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF) or insemination.
For many others, however, reasons behind their infertility are much harder to define.
“Often, problems are subclinical — meaning we know something is wrong, it’s just not showing up on the radar,” says Staci Pollack, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist at the Montefiore Medical Center’s Institute of Reproductive Medicine and Health.
Pollack says standard fertility treatments can usually help, but in some cases, so can a host of other, less costly techniques — some of which couples can try on their own.
The thing we can’t have is the thing we crave the most. This aphorism is never more true than when it comes to having children.
Alarming new research, showing that a woman’s fertility begins to decline atage 27 – rather than 35 as had long been believed – has brought new urgency to the debate as to ‘right’ age to have a baby.
But given the fact that we live in an era where women put careers first and try for children later – later in fact than at any time in modern history – it is not surprising to discover a burgeoning interest in natural ways of prolonging fertility.
The statistics show that while one in six couples has trouble conceiving, the most common cause is ‘unexplained infertility’, rather than hard medical reasons, such as blocked Fallopian tubes or ovulatory failure.
Fertility is decreased in both men and women who are deficient in vitamin C, especially smokers. Men who get less than 60 milligrams RDA of vitamin C daily (equal to the amount in an orange) have been found to have high levels of damaged sperm. In one study, sperm counts increased by almost 60 percent in men who took 1000mg for two months.
Women should avoid megadoses of vitamin C because it can dry up cervical fluid, preventing sperm from reaching the egg. Limit the amount you take to the dose included in your prenatal vitamin.
Zinc deficiency has been linked to low sperm counts and poor sperm motility. It has also been implicated in miscarriage.
Vitamin E may protect sperm-cell membranes. In one study, men who took 200mg of vitamin E daily increased their fertility by about 30 percent in one month. Men taking four grams daily of the amino acid arginine, powdered and dissolved in water, experienced a significant increase in sperm count and motility in some studies.
The key to success: Knowing when to try — and when it’s time for more serious medical treatment. The good news: Doctors say both options can be clearly mapped out with the help of a medical fertility workup. Designed to rule out specific causes that require medical care, test results can also help you decide if any of these low-tech treatments are worth a try.
And what if you aren’t anticipating a problem but just want to give your fertility a boost? Some of these low-tech methods can work for you as well. Just keep in mind that the American Society for Reproductive Medicine says if you don’t get pregnant after 12 months of regular unprotected intercourse — or six months if you are a woman over 35 — it’s time to seek help from a fertility specialist.
Natural Ways to Boost Your Fertility :
- Take your vitamins
- Throw away your lubricants
- Be missionaries
- Avoid Starbucks
- Become a teetotaler–and a “teatotaler”
- Not milk
- Don’t get high
- Better safe than sorry?
- Don’t douche
Other ways are :
- Eat Healthfully
- Weight Control
- Reduce Stress
- Conception Kits and Other Tests
The chances of conceiving are best when the sperm is deposited closest to the cervix. Though this is not so important in fertile women, those who have issues with conception could do well to ensure that the sperm does land closer to the cervix. Avoid positions like sitting, standing or the woman on top. Attempts should be made to reduce the amount of sperm that leaks out after the intercourse and you could do this by positioning the woman’s hip in a manner that allows the sperm to travel inwards. The missionary position allows the deepest penetration and places the sperm closest to the cervix. Additionally, a pillow can be kept under the woman’s hip after intercourse to allow time for the sperm to reach the cervix. Entering from behind can also prove to be a good position that can enhance chances of conception. The side position is also an option.