Did you know that as many as 15% of couples trying to conceive experience issues with infertility? Conceiving a child is exponentially difficult for many couples and if you are one of them, you’re not alone. Sometimes, these issues can be managed with simple diet and/or lifestyle changes. In other cases, diet and lifestyle changes can support IVF and other fertility treatments.
Here are 5 ways to increase fertility naturally that are easy to do at home and where to go for a female or male fertility test in Melbourne.
1. Load Up On Antioxidants
Antioxidants help fight damage to the body done by free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that have lost one or more electrons, making them unstable and highly chemically reactive. Free radicals damage the skin and other parts of the body, including both male and female reproductive organs. Causes of free radicals in the body include, but are not limited to, chemical exposure, pollution, smoking, preservatives in food, and drinking alcohol.
Some foods are higher in antioxidants than others, like fresh broccoli, kale, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spices, avocado, and asparagus. Eating foods rich in antioxidants frequently can help improve both sperm and egg quality and help you conceive more quickly.
2. Eat Fatty Fish
Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential in healthy reproduction. Omega-3 fatty acids improve blood selenium levels in men, which helps to improve the quantity and quality of sperm. It also helps the body better absorb vitamin D which also improves fertility. A lack of vitamin D is one of the most common causes of problems conceiving for both men and women.
3. Reduce Refined Carbohydrates
Refined carbohydrates like white bread, sugar, pasta, and white rice cause blood sugar levels to rise, which may increase the risk of infertility in women. Insulin is chemically similar to insulin, which is released by the pancreas when blood glucose levels are too high.
When the body produces too much insulin for an ongoing period of time, fewer reproductive hormones may be made because the body is tricked into thinking it already has enough. These reduced levels of estrogen and progesterone often lead to problems conceiving.
4. Take a Prenatal Vitamin
Adequate nutrition isn’t just important once a woman becomes pregnant. It’s also a critical component of healthy sperm production and improves the uterine environment, which creates the best possible circumstances for conception to take place.
Ovulatory infertility can be reduced by as much as 20% when a woman takes a multivitamin at least three times per week. Folate is a particularly important nutrient for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive, making prenatal vitamins an ideal choice to begin taking even before pregnancy is achieved.
By starting a prenatal vitamin when you begin trying to conceive, you not only improve your chances of getting pregnant, you also provide the developing fetus with immediate critical nutrients during the weeks you may not know a pregnancy has taken place. You will already be on a prenatal vitamin when you get pregnant, reducing your baby’s risk of serious neural conditions like spina bifida that occur during the first few weeks of fetal development.
5. Cut Out Caffeine
Excessive caffeine consumption may delay conception. If you consume energy drinks or multiple cups of coffee a day, it could take you several more months to successfully conceive than it would if you were not consuming caffeine.
If you drink a lot of coffee, consider switching to decaf or try caffeine-free tea while trying to conceive.
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