Chart your ovulation
Knowing when your ovulation happens with an ovulation calendar is crucial in timing the frequency of sexual intercourse. When intercourse is done during ovulation, this signifies a very high chance of getting pregnant as this is during the most fertile days in any woman’s cycle. There are a number of fertility awareness methods which you can employ. These include basal body temperature monitoring, calendar method, cervical mucus assessment, or by using over the counter ovulation kits.
Herbs have long been used to combat infertility for centuries. Ancient Chinese herbs are thought to help infertility by regulating menstruation and increasing sperm counts. Some of the most commonly used herbs to treat infertility include panax ginseng, dong quai root, vitex or chasteberry, red clover and red raspberry among others.
This is the Chinese traditional practice of inserting long, thin needles into specific areas along the pathways. By stimulating these pressure points, balance is restored and a natural healing process can begin. Acupuncture has been known to offer valuable alternative therapy for female infertility due to hormone disorders.
While no scientific data are available to support the effects of sexual position in terms of conceiving, it only makes sense that those positions which allow sperm to effectively swim through the cervical canal and vagina are those that greatly improve the chances of conception. Therefore, male dominant positions such as missionary style or rear-entry sex are the best options. This facilitates the movement of sperm through gravity. This makes it easy for sperm to pass through.
Diet and Nutrition
The importance of a balanced and healthy diet is essential in keeping both partners’ bodies healthy. When the body is properly nourished, so are the organs and the hormones that are responsible for the normal functioning of the reproductive organs. The possibility of producing healthier eggs or sperm also increases.
Ideally, a diet rich in nutrients and minerals are best. These can generally be taken from fruits and vegetables, meats, whole grains and lower fat proteins.
It is also important for the woman to maintain her ideal body weight. It has been found out that those who were either underweight or overweight experienced more difficulty in getting pregnant. This has something to do with the imbalance of hormones that play key roles in the reproductive processes. Also, blood sugar and insulin monitoring should be done. Those with diabetes are more likely to have irregular periods of ovulation, and this may harm fertility.
Discontinue Birth Control Pills
Aside from preventing conception, birth control pills are known to thicken the cervical mucus which also prevents sperm from joining with an egg. After discontinuing its use, it may take some time for the cervical mucus to return to its normal quality – one that is most desirable for sperm to swim through for conception to occur – thus, this should be done at least a month prior trying.
Smoking causes decreased blood flow to the vital reproductive organs. When this happens, the uterus, the ovaries and the rest are not nourished properly and may lead to a dysfunction in their normal processes. In addition, cigarettes contain harmful chemicals which may alter the production of healthy eggs and sperm. These abnormalities make it hard for fertilization to occur. Abnormalities may also cause chromosomal aberrations or miscarriage, as these chemicals are teratogenic or harmful to the growing fetus.
Avoid alcohol and cut down on caffeine
Alcohol consumption poses the same threats as with caffeine intake and smoking. There is an increased chance of birth defects or abnormalities with alcohol intake. Caffeine has been associated with deficiencies in sperm count, motility and may cause alterations in quality. Ideally, both man and woman should refrain from these harmful substances three months prior trying.
Take prenatal vitamins
In order to promote a healthy, suitable environment for pregnancy to occur, prenatal vitamins rich in folate and calcium are recommended. You can begin taking these beforehand per doctor’s advice in order to make sure you are providing all the nutrients your baby needs. Prenatal vitamins are especially helpful in preventing birth defects too.
Stay out of the hot tub
This advice from most infertility clinics is pointed directly at men because heat has the tendency to kill sperm. This also increases the time for normal production of sperm to regenerate.
Improve the quality of your cervical mucus
Cervical mucus needs to be slippery and thin in order for sperm to best penetrate through the birth canal and fertilize the egg. What you eat may affect the quality of your cervical mucus. Since the female anatomy is naturally alkalinic, a diet rich in alkaline foods may be needed in order to promote its natural pH. Furthermore, sperm die in an acidic environment, so it important to stay away from naturally acidic foods such as citrus fruits. Instead, increase your intake of dark leafy vegetables and whole grains.
Limit occupational and environmental hazards
It is important for both men and women to stay away from the harmful effects of chemicals, x-rays or infection. All these things could affect their bodies and their possibility of expecting a healthy pregnancy.
This is an alternative method in increasing fertility as it employs a particular system of gently rolling, connective tissue moves that address the hormones and pelvic area. This technique has surprisingly high levels of fertility rates reported from couples all over the state. This technique is based on the premise that mental and emotional stress can cause tight muscles and restriction of natural blood flow, lymphatic drainage and nerve supply of the body which can all affect fertility.
Natural infertility treatments and methods provide a less invasive, safe, healthy and inexpensive means of helping couples with infertility problems other than vitro fertilisation ivf. Take note that it may take time to see the results, and a combination of more than just two or three techniques may be needed. The general idea behind all these is to promote overall health in order for the man and woman to have an equally healthy future pregnancy.