7 Ways to Boost Your Fertility in the New Year!
January 6, 2018
Is 2018 the year you’ll conceive and carry your healthy bundle of joy? We’re rootin’ for you!
In the meantime, there are all kinds of things you can do to boost your fertility chances this year. Because our bodies are holistic entities – all parts connected to each other – multiple small “improvements” can add up to a healthier, overall system – more likely to conceive and carry a healthy, full-term baby.
7 Ways to Increase Your Fertility Chances
Here are 7 of the most important things you can do to prime your body for fertility.
1) Visit your OB/GYN annually (and be honest!)
One of the best things you can do to optimize reproductive health – and boost your fertility chances – is observe your well-woman exam every year. Top that off with complete honesty and you’re off to a great start. Let your GYN know about any irregular periods, pelvic pain or discomfort, your sexual history (any STDs that might have created scar tissue?), etc. All of this helps us to identify things that might affect your future fertility.
2) Consider focusing on an anti-inflammatory diet
Endometriosis and PCOS are two of the leading causes of female infertility. Inflammation is involved with both so the more you can do to reduce inflammation, the better. Fortunately, an anti-inflammatory diet has been shown to reduce inflammation without any medications required, and it’s a healthy diet to boot.
3) Keep aiming for – and maintaining – that target weight
Everyone knows excess weight – particularly when you get into the obese range – is a precursor for things like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. However, it’s also a precursor for infertility. The more you can do to maintain a healthy BMI, between 19 and 25, the better. Anything above or below that range can make it harder for you to conceive.
4) Live a clean lifestyle
This is a broad recommendation – but one that covers a wide range. Eating well – check! Exercise – check! Do you smoke? Do you drink? Do you consume recreational marijuana or other drugs? These things should go by the wayside when trying to conceive. Also, many conventional household cleaners and products have chemicals that negatively impact fertility so by focusing on earth-friendly products for cleaning, health and beauty care, etc., you’ll be eliminating these toxins from your immediate mix.
5) Don’t ignore irregular periods
Irregular periods are not normal. Period. If you skip periods, have heavy periods, spot in between periods, don’t have periods at all – bring it up ASAP with your general physician or OB/GYN so they can get to the bottom of it.
6) Time intercourse correctly
Many couples mistakenly believe they need to wait until they ovulate to have intercourse. In fact, your window of opportunity is much smaller by this point since the egg only “lives” for about 12- to 24-hours. Sperm, however, live much longer – an average of three or more days – so having sex for the days leading up to ovulation – as well as the day of, increases conception chances.
Read, Timing Matters: How to Increase Your Odds of Conception, for further detail.
7) Get a referral to a fertility specialist
If you’re under 35 and have tried for 12-months without success, or over 38 and have tried for 6-months without pregnancy success, it’s time to get a referral to a fertility specialist. At this point, an infertility factor is probably at work.
Looking for the right OB/GYN to facilitate your fertility health and future? Visit us here at Women’s Health Associates.