If you haven’t had success conceiving and you’ve been trying for more than a year, then there are some changes you can make to increase fertility. Factors that can contribute to infertility include stress, underlying health conditions, poor diet and obesity. The age of both parties can also play a role in infertility.
How to Increase Fertility
You can make an appointment with a fertility specialist to learn about the changes you can make that work to increase fertility. These specialists will not just focus on ovulation, they’ll also correct any hormonal imbalances or other triggers that can prevent pregnancy.
A doctor may also recommend following an anti-inflammatory diet. This diet will not only help to increase fertility, but it can also prevent disease, slowdown the aging process and make it easier for you or your partner to lose weight. This diet features lean proteins, complex carbs and fresh veggies. They may also recommend testing for food allergies and dairy intolerance.
Your GI tract plays a role in your fertility. Avoid food allergens and instead increase your intake of foods that contain healthy bacteria, which can promote digestive health.
Keeping track of your menstrual cycle and knowing when your most fertile days are can help you to get pregnant. Knowing your ovulation schedule will allow you to plan on having sex around this time, usually every other day.
While trying to get pregnant, avoid douching. Douching can actually kill the good bacteria in the vagina and shift the balance of the natural flora, causing an increase in bad bacteria growth. An overgrowth of bad bacteria will cause vaginal infections. A vaginal infection can make it harder to conceive and it can also cause a miscarriage during the first trimester. Speak with your gynecologist if you notice a change in vaginal discharge or if you experience itching, burning or a change in the smell.
The same factors that can harm your fertility may also affect your partner’s. Poor diet, frequent alcohol consumption and smoking can all cause poor sperm motility or a low sperm count. It’s recommended that both parties make an appointment with their doctor in order to have their health evaluated, prior to conception.
If you need to use a lubricant during sex, speak with your doctor for a recommendation before using one. Some lubricants can actually have a big impact on your fertility because they can kill sperm. This is especially true when using lotions or soaps as a lubricant.
Exposure to certain chemicals, especially pesticides, can also play a role in your partner’s fertility, so ensure that he avoids them at all costs.