Natural Ways to Improve Your Fertility

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For couples who are struggling with fertility problems, it can seem like the only thing that they can think about is becoming fertile. There are a few ways to improve your chances of becoming fertile. Read on for some helpful tips.

1. Change Your Diet

Most people don’t realize what an important part diet plays in your fertility. Eating a diet full of junk food, processed foods, or empty calories can actually damage your fertility and make it harder for you to get pregnant.

most people don’t realize what an important part diet plays in your fertility

Also, if you have nutritional deficiencies due to a poor diet, that can also contribute to fertility problems. Therefore eating a diet full of fruits and veggies, organic lean meat, full fat dairy, and whole grains can help fill in those nutritional gaps and improve fertility.

2. Manage Your Weight

If you struggle with weight issues, be aware that those issues can contribute to fertility problems. Being underweight, as well as being overweight, can be directly linked to fertility problems.

keeping your weight at an ideal level will definitely go a long way towards improving fertility

Doctors say that if you are overweight, losing as little as five pounds can have a dramatic impact on fertility. Keeping your weight at an ideal level will definitely go a long way towards improving fertility.

3. Remove Problems from Your Lifestyle

Many times, a couple will be unknowingly engaging in activities in their daily lives that are causing damage to their fertility. Some of those things can include smoking, engaging in illegal drug use, or drinking alcohol.

'It turned out that if I gave up smoking, drinking and eating rich food I had a 36% greater risk of dying of boredom.'

Also, men who wear extremely tight clothing, like bicycle shorts, or spend a lot of time in a hot tub, can be damaging their sperm. Certain jobs can increase a person’s exposure to toxins that are damaging to fertility as well.

certain jobs can increase a person’s exposure to toxins that are damaging to fertility

Jobs like factory work, auto shops, painting jobs, etc. can all unknowingly cause damage to fertility. Ask your doctor about your job if you think it could be potentially having a damaging effect on your fertility.

4. Know Your Cycles

One of the best ways to improve your fertility is to know when and if you are ovulating. If you are not ovulating you are not going to be able to get pregnant, so this is an important thing to figure out. There are many different ways to find out if you are ovulating. You can buy an over the counter ovulation predictor test kit to track your cycles.

buy an over the counter ovulation predictor test kit to track your cycles

You can also use a basal body thermometer to check your temperature every day to see if you notice a small temperature spike. That temperature spike will usually indicate ovulation. You can also use online programs to help you track your fertility, and learn how to chart your cervical mucus yourself to find out if you are ovulating.

use a basal body thermometer to check your temperature every day

Valerie Wisniewski, RN

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.