6 Best Ways to Improve Your Fertility

When starting to try to get pregnant, it’s natural to want to do everything in your power to make conception happen quickly. This is especially true when pregnancy doesn’t occur within the first month or two, and the couple starts looking at ways to boost their fertility. Many couples turn to simple methods to improve their fertility before turning to a fertility specialist, in the hopes that conception could still occur naturally.

As infertility isn’t even diagnosed until a couple has been trying unsuccessfully for over a year (if the woman is under 35 years of age; 6 months if she is over 35), these methods can be helpful for couples during that time. 

Here are the 6 best ways to improve fertility.  

Lose Weight

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Several studies have found that losing just 5–10% of your body weight if you are significantly overweight can improve ovulation and boost fertility. The important thing is to lose the weight in a healthy manner, not just using a crash diet or other method of rapid weight loss.

Permanent lifestyle changes and fat loss can be effective in not only helping you get pregnant, but can even give you better odds for a healthier pregnancy and delivery. 

Manage Stress

Studies are out on the role of stress and infertility. What is known is that experiencing high levels of stress can alter your hormone levels. Constant exposure to cortisol, the stress hormone, triggers more insulin secretion which can affect the balance of female sex-hormones, like the ones involved in ovulation.  

Effective ways to manage stress include meditation, yoga, exercise, and therapy. 

Change Your Diet

New research is showing that what we eat can affect fertility. Women with PCOS can boost their fertility by eating more whole grains, vegetable proteins (lentils, beans, nuts, seeds), fruits and vegetables.. Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods such as fish, olive oil, and avocado can also improve fertility. 

Avoid processed foods such as bagels, white rice, crackers and low fiber cereals which can increase insulin and affect hormone levels. 

Exercise Regularly

You don’t have to be a marathon runner or bodybuilder to boost your fertility -- simply taking a walk each day or engaging in light weight training can be effective. 

A study in Human Reproduction showed overweight women with PCOS who engaged in a structured exercise program had a significant significant improvement in menstrual cycles and fertility.

Sometimes doing too much intense exercise can negatively impact fertility. 

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Do Yoga

Yoga enthusiasts have long touted the benefits of yoga in boosting blood flow to the pelvis and abdomen, increasing fertility and reducing stress. Regular yoga practice can be an effective form of both exercise and stress management. Recent research has showed that yoga can also balance out sex hormones involved in ovulation. 

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Try Acupuncture

Acupuncture may be another way to boost fertility, although the research is mixed. Some studies have shown improved pregnancy rates for those who try acupuncture, while other studies have shown no or non-statistically significant results.

Many people who do acupuncture report feelings of relaxation and optimism. 


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