Natural Ways to Boost Fertility
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Infertility is extremely common in this day and age. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 12 to 13 out of 100 couples in the United States have trouble becoming pregnant. One third of these are due to infertility issues on behalf of men and one third are due to women’s infertility, while other cases are often a complicated mixture of both. It’s an agonizingly painful issue for these couples and, while IVF treatment can be a wonderful option, some couples seek natural ways to boost fertility…at least initially. IVF treatments are expensive and the treatment process can be lengthy, so many couples who aren’t in any rush (and even those who are!) will seek some alternatives. We’ve rounded up some natural ways to boost fertility and shared them below.
1. Reduce Refined Carbohydrates
Unless you’ve been trapped under a rock for a while, you’re likely aware that carbs are not great for us. But what you need to consider while trying to get pregnant is that a carb isn’t a carb isn’t a carb. It’s the refined carbohydrates – like sugary foods, processed grains, white pasta, bread, and rice – that are the most problematic. Refined carbs cause a spike in blood sugar due to their high glycemic index (GI), and this has been associated with a greater risk of ovulatory infertility.
2. Swap Low Fat Dairy Out for High Fat Dairy
Gone are the days when consuming everything low in fat was considered the way to go. This is generally true from a broad nutritional perspective, but many studies have also found that swapping out one serving of low fat dairy for high fat dairy per day can increase fertility.
3. Try Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a procedure that involves placing fine, hair-thin needles in specific areas of the body to help stimulate the body’s natural healing process and, despite the sound of it, it involves very minimal pain. And while the scientific results of using acupuncture to increase fertility tend to be a bit muddled, the reasons behind it make sense: balancing hormones, relieving stress, and boosting blood flow to reproductive organs. It is often used in combination with herbs, although this combo treatment will not be effective on tubal adhesions that result from pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or endometriosis. However, even in these cases, you can benefit because of the improved ovarian and follicular function as well as the thickening of the endometrium due to the added blood flow.
4. Don’t Forget Your Multi-Vitamin
You’ve likely heard that a prenatal multi-vitamin is healthy you for when trying to get pregnant but you might not realize that it actually helps you to be more fertile, particularly if the vitamin contains folate. Other natural supplements such as Maca, bee pollen, and royal jelly have also been linked to increased fertility.
5. Get Up and Move
A sedentary lifestyle is associated with infertility, so take that gentle yoga class or go for a walk on your lunch break. Conversely, however, highly intense levels of exercise have also been linked with infertility so, as with all things, moderation is key. Couch potato? Nope! Ultra-marathoner? Also no. Find something that you enjoy that gets your blood flowing, as that will reduce stress – which is another infertility factor.
6. Reduce Your Alcohol Intake
It’s common knowledge that alcohol is to be avoided during a pregnancy. However, what some might not realize is that it can also affect fertility. And while various studies haven’t been able to come to a conclusion on a hard and fast number of drinks per week that is bad, it’s best to limit or abstain when trying to get pregnant.
Having trouble with fertility can be one of the most heartbreaking and stress-inducing experiences in one’s life. If you’re facing this and the idea of taking this on by yourself is overwhelming, we totally understand. Contact us at Root & Soul today to learn more about natural ways to increase fertility. We serve the La Mesa and wider San Diego area.