Year after year, over five million American couples struggle with infertility. Infertility defines a couple who is unable to conceive after one year of trying. Current population trends may suggest that the majority of couples have no trouble conceiving. However, a significant portion still finds themselves battling each month in the hopes of getting pregnant. While our sisters, cousins, mothers and friends share stories of how surprised they were to find themselves pregnant, the rest of us sit, quietly frustrated.
Some couples travel the arduous fertility journey for years before discovering a diagnosis. Hearing that diagnosis can become a double-edged sword. On one hand there is something concretely, quantifiably blocked the way to that which you yearn for most. On the other hand, a medical diagnosis provides an answer, a set of options, medications, or procedures to try. Most of these couples will find their wishes fulfilled with the use of fertility medications such as clomid, milophene or serophene, while a small number may require surgery.
Then there are the rest of us strong, healthy, and theoretically fertile. Sperm counts are high; we ovulate like clockwork, take the right vitamins and abstain from alcohol. We try month after month, hoping against all odds that it is going to happen this time. Medically there is nothing wrong. However, we find our bodies incapable of conceiving.
The mystery of why some couples conceive quickly while others must endure years of trying, temping, taking pills and investing in therapies, may remain a mystery for some time. Thankfully, medical research is beginning to look more and more in our direction. The resulting evidence suggests a variety of diet and lifestyle choices, which may positively affect fertility. The following list of natural ways to boost fertility may indeed boost your chances of trying to conceive. Natural, health enhancing, and risk free these easy changes are certainly worth a shot.
When time and patience fail, the next reasonable step is tracking ovulation. Ovulation generally occurs in the middle of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Though every woman is unique, the average cycle is 28 days long. The first day of a woman’s cycle is considered the first day of her period. Thus, it makes sense that the last day of a woman’s cycle is the day before her next period begins. Though 28 days is average, some women have cycles of 27, 29, 30, or even 32 days. The length of a woman’s cycle is not a huge concern as long as it is consistent. A woman with a 28-day cycle will ovulate around day 14. Thus, this is the most fertile day. Couples trying to conceive are highly recommended to have intercourse on this day. In addition, having intercourse two days before, and two days after the calculated date of conception can greatly boost a couple’s odds of conceiving.
It is also recommended that men avoid hot tubs electric blankets, or saunas. Exposure to extreme warmth may lower sperm count. While most men produce more than enough sperm to counteract this difference, couples having trouble to conceive know well that every bit helps.
Stress can also be a big factor. Stress directly affects our hormones. Reduce your stress levels as much as possible to boost your ability to conceive. Pay particular attention to your stress levels during the two weeks between ovulation and the start of the next cycle. This waiting period is often the most stressful, and frustrating part of trying to conceive.
High-intensity workouts, while generally health enhancing can negatively impact a woman’s cycle, leading to irregularity. Promote regularity and reduce stress simultaneously by swapping out your usual aerobic or strength bearing exercise with some gentle yoga.
Another gentle and enjoyable way to encourage regular ovulation is through aromatherapy. The geranium scent is particularly effective in encouraging regular menstrual cycles through its affect on the adrenal cortex, which regulates the endocrine system. Alternatively, encourage the release of tension with the relaxing effects of clary sage.
You have likely heard about reducing your consumption of both alcohol and caffeine. Not only can these chemicals affect a vulnerable embryo if you do conceive, but they may also slightly reduce your chances of conceiving. In addition, a variety of foods may have the ability to boost or reduce your fertility. Consider consuming more whole grains, yogurt, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Enjoying a warm mug of green or white tea also seems promising.
Women who are trying to conceive should reduce their consumption of dairy foods and red meats, which may contain synthetic hormones. They should also greatly limit their intake of fried, fatty, sugary, and other junk foods. Men may be able to boost their fertility levels by consuming foods rich in zinc such as wheat germ, onions, and pumpkin seeds. A low sperm count is often linked with a zinc deficiency. In addition, studies clearly suggest that mean who consume only organic produce have up to 43 percent more sperm than those who do not.
Trying to conceive when your body fails to cooperate can be stressful. Alleviate some of that stress by voicing your concerns with your partner. Having a strong network of supportive friends and family is absolutely vital now, and later after your, little one is born. If you are currently battling infertility, traveling that endless I wish you the best of luck. Seek information, try everything, and never give up. Forever hopeful, I sincerely believe that one day you will obtain this timeless dream.