Reduce stress and anxiety
In general, a couple should reduce stress while trying to conceive. Stress can interfere with the normal process of ovulation not to mention the general sex drive. Genesis advises that you practice techniques that help you relax.
Beat bad habits
For women, smoking can trigger an early menopause – as much as nine years early, according to one study! Men, it’s time for him to quit too; smoking reduces sperm motility and production.
Researchers from Harvard University found drinking more than six units a week – around three 175ml glasses of wine or six measures of spirits – can reduce a woman’s chance of conceiving by 18 per cent, and a man’s by 14 per cent. So cut back if you often share a bottle together in the evenings.
Avoid Trans Fats
Trans fats have been associated with ovulatory problems. Diets higher in trans fats and lower in unsaturated fats have been linked to infertility. The most damaging trans fats are high in omega-6 and occur when certain oils (vegetable, canola, soybean, corn) are chemically altered to remain solid at room temperature, such as the case of margarine or shortening.
Fried Fast Foods, Bakery Products, Non-Dairy Coffee Creamers, Potato chips, Meat pies, sausage rolls, Sweet pies, Pizza, Canned frosting and Crackers.
At the end of the day, the best way to avoid trans fats is to limit your intake of processed and fried fast food. Instead, eat a healthy diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and lean protein.
If you take multivitamins, you may be less likely to experience ovulatory infertility. There are many supplements and even fertility supplements out there, but it’s important to source high-quality third-party tested supplements when it comes to your fertility and having a baby.
Have a chat with your doctor about supplements including any multivitamins that could help get you closer to pregnancy.
RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTS FOR WOMEN:
Myo-Inositol and D-Chiro-Inositol: Myo and D-Chiro are two forms of Inositol known to improve the way the body uses insulin and promote normal hormone levels, regular menstrual cycles, and normal ovulatory function when taken together in a specific ratio.
CoQ10: Helps to provide energy to cells and is believed to promote improved egg quality.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D helps the body metabolize essential nutrients. It’s tied to the metabolism of calcium, the operation of the endocrine system, the immunological system, and bones’ mineralization. Researchers have found that women with sufficient vitamin D levels are almost twice as likely to conceive, compared with the women who had insufficient levels of vitamin D. We recommend women with vitamin D levels less than 20 ng/ml take a supplement.
Folate: Folic acid, the synthetic form of folate, is an essential supplement for preventing congenital disabilities. When taken daily in dosages of 400 mcg prior to conception, folic acid can reduce the occurrence of neural tube defects like spina bifida by as much as 80%.
Fish Oil: Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for maintaining a balanced production of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that help regulate important physiological functions like blood pressure, blood clotting, nerve transmission, inflammatory and allergic responses, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract functioning, and the production of other hormones.
DHEA: Studies show that supplementing with DHEA enhances female fertility by supporting ovarian health, egg quality, and may improve pregnancy outcomes. DHEA should not be taken if diagnosed with or suspected of having PCOS.
Many other nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Iron also good choices for priming the body for pregnancy.
RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTS FOR MEN
Similar to women’s fertility supplements, when it comes to how you can improve male fertility with the help of supplements, there are many choices.
Selenium: Selenium supplementation improves sperm counts, motility and morphology as well as sperm concentration.
L-Carnitine: L-Carnitine helps support a male’s energy, stamina, and sperm health. Improves sperm motility and morphology and is important for proper sperm maturation. Taking a supplement may be helpful in men with and without fertility issues.
CoQ10: Has the ability to block cell damage and enhance sperm count/concentrations and sperm motility
Lycopene: A powerful antioxidant that protects sperm from oxidative DNA damage. Can improve sperm motility and a man’s reproductive potential.
Many other nutrients including Vitamins A, B12, C, D, E, Zinc and Folate, can also be helpful in boosting male fertility.