About 85% of couples get pregnant within one year, but 1 in 7 couples take longer than a year to get pregnant. The good news is that you can improve your fertility in 7 simple steps in less than 4 weeks:
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Being under or overweight decreases your fertility, and maintaining an optimal weight improves your fertility. The best way to find out whether you weigh too much or not is to calculate your body mass index, the BMI. Calculate it HERE.
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First of all do you know your fertile days? Do you ovulate? Do you hav e a regular menstrual cycle?
Your fertile days are the 5-6 days leading up to ovulation and the day of ovulation. Many couples don’t seem to realize that you need to make love regularly to improve your fertility. That means making love regularly throughout the menstrual cycles and more frequently, probably every 24-48 hours during your fertile days.
The egg can only be fertilized for about 24 hours after ovulation but sperm can live in the lower portion of a woman's reproductive tract up to five days. You can potentially increase your chances of conceiving by making love during the 2-3 days prior to ovulation.
Finding out when you ovulate is the key:
- Create your own Fertility and Ovulation Calendar
- Chart your basal body temperature (BBT)
- Chart your fertility signs like symptoms and cervical mucus:
- Use Ovulation predictor kits (OPKs)
It takes two to get pregnant. Over 50% of infertile couples have a male issues. Which means that if he doesn't have enough sperms or his sperms are not healthy enough then your chances getting pregnant significantly decline. Do a sperm count and find out if his sperms are healthy and if he has enough of them. Follow these ten tips to improve his sperm count.
- Get him checked for varicocele
- Remove all toxins from his diet
- Add a vitamin and herbal supplement to his diet
- Make him lose weight if he is overweight
- Keep the testes cool
There are several easy ways to quickly assess major aspects of your fertility at home.
- Do a Basal Body Temperature Fertility Chart
- Check your LH levels
- Measure his sperms
- Check your vaginal pH
Alcohol and smoking decrease fertility, make it less likely to get pregnant and increase pregnancy complications once you get pregnant.
- Stop smoking. It is common knowledge that smoking is bad for your health, but studies have also shown that women who smoke are less fertile than those who do not. Also, women whose mothers smoked during their pregnancies are less likely to conceive.
- Reduce alcohol intake. Drinking alcohol, even in moderation, can decrease fertility. The results of once study show a greater than 50% reduction in the probability of conception when the participants consumed alcohol.
You are what you eat and many doctors now believe a healthy diet PLUS supplements like folic acid can improve your fertility.
So what should you eat?
- More monounsaturated fats (like olive oil) and less trans fats (like the kind found in many baked goods or fast foods).
- Increase intake of vegetable protein (like soy), while reducing animal protein (like red meat).
- More high fiber, low-glycemic foods — like whole grains, vegetables, and some fruits, while reducing the intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars.
- Consume moderate amounts of high-fat dairy products — like ice cream, whole milk, and cheese.
- No more caffeine. Studies have shown that women who drink excessive amounts of caffeine have delayed conception. In one study, women who drank more than one cup of coffee per day had a 50% reduction in fertility compared to those who did not consume coffee.
Take your vitamins. Especially vitamin E. Women trying to conceive should take a multivitamin or prenatal vitamin in addition to vitamin E. When couples were given vitamin E in one study, their fertility increased significantly.
Try herbal supplements. Herbs like Vitex (Vitamins AND Vitex are in FertilAid), have been used to successfully increase fertility.
The right diet can made a difference because the majority of women experiencing ovulatory dysfunction were also suffering from undiagnosed or sub clinical PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), a condition related to insulin resistance that also affects ovulation.
Check your current prescriptions. Some medications can interfere with fertility. Consult your doctor or pharmacist to see if your current medications could be hindering your chances of conception.
It’s rarely healthy to live with a lot of stress and the relationship between stress and infertility is less clear. But there are several studies showing that reducing stress may improve fertility.
What can you do to reduce Stress?
- Get regular massages
- Take long weekends off
- Listen to music
- Do yoga
- Read and write journals
- Pamper yourself
- Spend more time with your family and friend
- Hold hands with your partner
There are some studies done in women with fertility treatments which show that acupuncture can improve fertility. If after a a thorough fertility work-up no specific reason for your infertility has been found, why not try acupuncture? There is little harm to use these methods and it can save you money getting pregnant.
If you are not pregnant after one year (or 6 months if over age 35) of carefully-timed unprotected sex, it is recommended to seek medical advice from an OB/GYN.
Most infertile couples have one or more of these 3 problems:
- Sperm issues
- Ovulation issues
- Fallopian tube issues
But in many infertile couples no specific reason for their infertility is found, even after having had many tests. What is important is to know exactly when to continue trying to get pregnant and when to see an infertility specialist.
There are a lot of available information aimed at helping women to have a baby. These tips range from choosing the best time and way to conceive to ensure that our developing babies will be at their best. Some of these advices are based on science, while some have its roots on traditional and alternative medicine.
The question now becomes, who really needs these getting pregnant fertility help tips? I have identified a number of groups of men and women who need getting pregnant fertility help tips and treatment.
- Women with irregular menses
These women include those who have very prolonged periods of bleeding (menorrhagia) and those who have no menses at all (amenorrhea). A regular monthly cycle is a suggestive evidence that a woman is ovulating. Eighty percent of the time, ovulation occurs once each month in these women.
Hormonal imbalance is the main reason behind a woman's irregular menstruation. The hormones estrogen and progesterone, aided by the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), follow a carefully orchestrated pattern which results in ovulation. If fertilization does not occur, our menses will come 2 weeks after.
Fertility among women with irregular menses greatly improves when their menses are regularized. A lot of synthetic hormone preparations, especially that of progesterone, are available now. If you do not wish to take these, the herb Vitex or chasteberry has been shown to stimulate hormone production back to its normal levels. Ginkgo biloba, Ladies' mantle, and Siberian ginseng are also believed to exert positive effects on our hormones.
- Obese women
Obese women often have menstrual problems. Fat cells are an exogenous source of estrogen. Having too much estrogen exerts a negative feedback on the ovaries, which ultimately leads to anovulation. Women who are obese also often have difficult pregnancies. Obesity may be accompanied by hypertension and diabetes, two diseases which can adversely affect pregnancy outcomes.
- Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a condition characterized by oligomenorrhea or amenorrhea, signs of hyperandrogenism, and infertility. The underlying mechanism behind this syndrome is the presence of too muchandrogenic hormones, which hamper ovulation and disrupts the normal menstrual cycle. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome are usually given ovulation-enhancing drugs, such as clomiphene citrate. Because women with PCOS are oftentimes obese, physicians would also advise these women to lose weight. Metformin, a drug oftentimes used for diabetes, may also be given to these women to boost their chances of getting pregnant. Women with PCOS will find it difficult to conceive naturally. These women are good candidates for getting pregnant fertility help.
- Women with endometriosis
Most women with endometriosis will have difficulty in getting pregnant. Endometriosis may result in tubes being blocked, preventing fertilization. However, there are a lot of women with this condition who has conceived without any help. The seriousness of endometriosis does not correlate with the chances of getting pregnant. If you have endometriosis and has been endeavoring to get pregnant without success, your doctor may recommend that you undergo hysterosalpingogram or laparoscopy. These two procedures will help your doctor assess the patency of your tubes. If there is a block, you may opt to undergo a procedure called salpingoneostomy (to open up the block) or in vitro fertilization.
- Infertile couples
Couples who have been trying unsuccessfully to conceive within one year are also candidates for getting pregnant fertility help. In couples older than 35 years old, they should seek fertility advice after 6 months of trying unsuccessfully.These are some people who should be getting pregnant fertility help. If you feel that you need help, consult an obstetrician-gynecologist or a urologist (for males) now. Don't forget that the odds of conceiving and fertility rate decrease with time.
When you have been diagnosed with any of these issues, medications or in-vitro fertilization (IVF) can often help you get pregnant. For many others however there is no specific diagnosis and the problems are not so clear. In these cases other, less expensive treatments can often help your fertility and improve your chances getting pregnant. Before you try these steps below, we suggest you do our interactive specialist test and see if you should see a specialist right away.