There are a lot of women right now that are dying to be pregnant. However, they just aren’t as fertile as they need to be. Many things can lead to throwing this off. I will tell you ten of the best natural and medical ways to boost your fertility. Some of these are so simple, that you probably could have thought about them on your own.
Keeping your body well nourished will boosts your odds of conceiving. Make sure that you have enough vitamins in your diet. Include enough zinc, protein, iron, and vitamin C, because “deficiencies in these nutrients are linked to lengthened menstrual cycles”. This causes less frequent ovulation, which makes it extremely difficult to become pregnant, and can also cause a “higher risk of an early miscarriage”. You can easily get zinc from a daily multivitamin. You can purchase a bottle of daily multivitamins from your local pharmacy.
Quit smoking cigarettes! This is a huge way to boost your fertility. According to Robert Barbieri, MD, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, and coauthor of 6 Steps to Increased Fertility (Simon & Schuster); “Cigarette toxins not only damage a woman’s eggs, interfering with the fertilization and implantation process, but also cause the ovaries to age. That means that the ovaries of a 35-year-old smoker function as if they belong to a 42-year-old and are therefore less fertile. Smoking does permanent damage to your fertility, but when you cut out cigarettes, you get some ovarian function back.” Therefore, not only do cigarettes damage your lungs. They also cause your ovaries to age.
Stay physically fit. You also need to watch your weight. I haven’t seen too many overweight women pregnant have you? That’s because there aren’t many. “Excess body fat can lead to an overproduction of certain hormones that disrupt ovulation. Your menstrual cycles could become less regular and you may ovulate less often. This lowers your chances of becoming pregnant.” On the opposing side, you can not become pregnant if you are too skinny. Therefore, if you are anorexic it is nearly impossible to become pregnant. “Being too skinny leads to not having the proper hormone levels in your body. This either prevents ovulation, or makes carrying a proper pregnancy term unsuitable.” I wouldn’t decide to conceive myself, unless I was the proper body weight. I would want to be in between, and not too skinny or too fat. If you are just the right size this also helps you with keeping up with a newborn baby. That is, once your child is born. This way you won’t get too tired too quick since you are physically fit. Exercising will help you get ready for this.
Learn ways to de-stress. Stress and depression might hold back your fertility. In fact, according to a 1999 Danish study of 393 childless couples ages 20 to 35, they found out that the “women who had menstrual cycles longer than 35 days, and had higher scores of emotional distress on a standardized survey were less likely to conceive.” Create serene surroundings around your house. Use lighter colored curtains and purchase rock gardens that sometimes include small waterfalls. This will create a very calm surrounding, and helps you to become stress free. Yoga is a type of exercise that you could try. I know a lot of people that include yoga in their daily routine, which helps them to de-stress.
Yes, I know you don’t have a cough, but would you like some Robitussin or Diabetic Tussin? I will give anything a shot, that I have heard will increase my fertility. This is an old secret. It dates back to as far as 1982. A 1982 article in Fertility and Sterility had revealed that “taking guaifenesin improves cervical mucus when 200 to 400 mg is taken three times daily five days prior to ovulation.” Taking two teaspoons of Robitussin three times a day is the equivalent to 200 mg. However, avoid Robitussin DM, because I have heard from friends that were pregnant that Robitussin DM can cause birth defects. Don’t forget to take the Robitussin with a lot of water, as you would with any medication.
Have frequent sex. This one is obvious. The more sex that you have the more likely your chances are to conceive. Each time that you have sex, and your male partner ejaculates, that is just one more chance closer to becoming pregnant.
I know you have heard of douching. Most women have. I stay far from it. Most women think douching is a way of staying squeaky clean. However, along with wiping out the bad bacteria. Douching also washes away good, protective bacteria that your vagina needs. Once, this happens you could get bacterial vaginosis. If left untreated, bacterial vaginosis has been linked to preterm labor and could possibly lead to an even higher risk of miscarriage and infertility.
Drinking is something you shouldn’t be doing if you wish to have a healthy pregnancy or even conceive. There are signs all over the place at bars, saying that drinking could lead to birth defects and other problems during pregnancy. However, always take these signs to heart. If you want to spend your life partying then do so. Just know that you won’t have the best pregnancy if you decide to go out to bars. I believe that occasional drinking is your best bet if you decide to have children sometime later in your life.
Don’t forget about the man in your life. His health is just as important as yours when you are looking to conceive. Cigarettes, a poor diet, and alcohol can lower his sperm production. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? That’s because increasing fertility is almost the same. Women and men should almost follow the exact same rules if they want to conceive together.
Avoid lubricants with spermicidal agents. These are sperm killers. I would use canola oil. You can find it in the kitchen. Canola oil is all natural and won’t cause anything bad to happen to the sperm. This causes the sperm to stay healthy, which increases your chances of becoming pregnant.
Sources: Jennifer Olvera, “Natural Ways to Boost Fertility”, Livestrong.com
Leslie Laurence, “How Stress Affects Fertility”, “Conceive” Magazine Company
“Using Robitussin/Guaifenesin to Improve Cervical Mucus”, Fertility Plus
“Bacterial Vaginosis”, Bacterial Vaginosis Information and Pictures