If you’re hoping to get pregnant, you might wonder about your fertility and whether you can improve it. Some factors might be beyond your control, such as medical issues that affect the ability to conceive. But your lifestyle choices can have an effect on your fertility, too.
Here’s what you need to know to promote and protect your fertility.
Female fertility is a woman’s ability to conceive a biological child. You and your partner might question your fertility if you’ve been trying to get pregnant with frequent, unprotected sex for at least one year — or at least six months if you’re older than 35 — with no success.
What causes female fertility problems?
Various medical issues can contribute to female fertility problems, including:
👉Ovulation disorders, which affect the release of eggs from the ovaries. These include hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovary syndrome, hyperprolactinemia and thyroid problems (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism).
👉Uterine or cervical abnormalities, such as polyps or fibroids in the uterus.
👉Fallopian tube damage or blockage, which is often caused by pelvic inflammatory disease.
👉Endometriosis, which occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus.
👉Primary ovarian insufficiency (early menopause), which occurs when the ovaries stop working and menstruation ends before age 40.
👉Pelvic adhesions — bands of scar tissue that bind organs after pelvic infection, appendicitis, or abdominal or pelvic surgery.
👉Medical conditions associated with the absence of menstruation, such as poorly controlled diabetes, celiac disease and some autoimmune diseases such as lupus.
👉Age also plays a role. Delaying pregnancy can decrease the likelihood that you’ll be able to conceive. A decline in the quantity and quality of your eggs with age makes it harder to conceive.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE TO IMPROVE YOUR FERTILITY:
👉Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or significantly underweight can inhibit normal ovulation.
👉Prevent sexually transmitted infections. Infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are a leading cause of infertility for women.
👉Avoid the night shift, if possible. Regularly working the night shift might put you at higher risk of infertility, possibly by affecting hormone production. If you do work the night shift, try to get enough sleep when you’re not working.
👉While stress won’t keep you from getting pregnant, consider minimizing stress and practicing healthy coping methods — such as relaxation techniques — when you’re trying to conceive.
FOODS TO HELP IMPROVE YOUR FERTILITY
Seaweed is packed with nutrients that help enrich the liver, kidneys, bladder, and adrenals which are organs vital to fertility health.
Salmon is full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids which are proven to regulate blood flow to the reproductive organs.
Figs have been believed to increase fertility since the time of Ancient Greeks, and now we have scientific evidence. Figs contain a lot of iron, which are important for healthy eggs and ovulation.
Oysters have been known to increase libido, but oysters can also be a great source for fertility because they are packed with zinc, which increases the production of good-quality eggs.
Any kind of berries are good at protecting eggs from damage and aging because they are full of antioxidants. Strawberries have been linked to naturally increasing a woman’s libido.
Beans are a lean protein and are full of iron, which helps to increase fertility and libido. Low iron levels can result in anovulation, which is when ovulation does not produce a healthy egg.
Dark leafy greens such as spinach, romaine, arugula, and broccoli are high in folate, a B vitamin that has been shown to improve ovulation. Leafy greens also naturally increase a woman’s libido.
Maca root increases fertility in men and women by increasing energy, boosting the immune system, and providing vital minerals and nutrients. Maca Root is packed with iron and iodine.
Research shows yams have an ovulation stimulating substance that can help boost fertility.
10Fruits and vegetables
Eating up to three servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables is important for any diet, but especially important when trying to conceive.
FOODS YOU MUST AVOID
Soy contains a compound very similar to estrogen which can cause estrogen levels to be too high and can negatively affect fertility.
No need to go cold turkey, but it’s a good idea to limit your alcohol intake to one or two servings of alcohol while trying to conceive.
Consuming refined sugar, such as high fructose corn syrup, can cause blood sugar spikes which can negatively affect the reproductive system as well as the rest of the body.
👉 Saturated fats
Eliminating saturated fats from the diet is important for general health; however, it’s extremely important to avoid eating saturated fats when trying to conceive because they cause oestrogen or too high of estrogen levels, which can cause infertility.
It’s important to identify any food sensitivities. Any unidentified sensitivities can negatively impact fertility, as well as cause headaches, heartburn, gas, bloating and weight gain.
Blood tests, such as those provided by Nutritional Healing, observe white blood cells in the presence of common foods. If the blood cells enlarge, burst or shrink when combined with a food, this indicates a sensitivity.
DO THESE TO PROTECT YOUR FERTILITY :
👉Don’t smoke. Tobacco use is associated with lower fertility. Smoking ages your ovaries and depletes your eggs prematurely. If you smoke, ask your health care provider to help you quit.
👉Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Heavy drinking is associated with an increased risk of ovulation disorders. If you’d like to get pregnant, consider avoiding alcohol completely. Abstinence at conception and during pregnancy is generally recommended because a safe level of fetal alcohol consumption hasn’t been established.
👉Curb caffeine. Female fertility doesn’t seem to be affected by caffeine intake below 200 milligrams a day. Consider limiting your caffeine intake to one or two 6- to 8-ounce cups of coffee a day.
👉Be wary of overexercise. Too much vigorous physical activity can inhibit ovulation and reduce production of the hormone progesterone.
👉If you have a healthy weight and you’re thinking of becoming pregnant soon, consider limiting vigorous physical activity to less than five hours a week.
👉Avoid exposure to toxins. Environmental pollutants and toxins — such as pesticides, dry-cleaning solvents and lead — can adversely affect fertility.
What’s the bottom line?
If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant and you’re concerned about the impact of your lifestyle choices on your fertility, consult your health care provider. He or she can help you identify ways to improve your fertility and boost your chances of getting pregnant.
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