How to Improve Fertility: 10 Natural Ways

According to the NHS, 1 in 7 couples will struggle with conceiving, despite regularly having unprotected sex. While there are medical treatments, surgical procedures and assisted conception methods available, such as the removal of scarring or IVF, there are various natural ways to improve your fertility. Keep reading to find out more. 

Lose Weight 

Weight loss

Unfortunately, if you have a BMI of over 30 or over, you might struggle with fertility. If you are carrying excess weight, or are seriously underweight, you could negatively impact your ovulation. It might, therefore, benefit to lose weight to increase your chances of conceiving a child. 

Stop Smoking 

Quitting smoking

Smoking, or passive smoking, could affect your fertility and could even decrease a man’s semen quality. If you and/or your partner smoke, or surround yourself with people who do, you must aim to eliminate it from your lifestyle. To do so, you should visit your nearest NHS Stop Smoking Service, or you can give the Smokefree National Helpline a call. 

Eliminate Alcohol 

Stop drinking

Excessive alcohol consumption can impact a man’s sperm quality, which is why the UK’s chief medical officers recommend adults consume no more than 14 units per week, which they must evenly spread over three or more days. It is, of course, essential to eliminate alcohol from your lifestyle should you conceive a child. 

Consider Environmental Issues 

Solvents

It might be surprising to discover that various solvents, metals and pesticides can negatively impact a person’s fertility levels, especially for men. It is, therefore, vital to steer clear of the above to increase your chances of getting pregnant. 

Lower Your Stress Levels 

a walk outdoors

If you are struggling with stress each day, it can impact the production of sperm and ovulation. Rather than allowing worries and anxieties to determine your future, you must take the steps to lower your stress levels. For example, you should embark on activities that help you to relax and unwind, such as: 

  • Enjoying a hot soak in a bath  
  • Reading a good book 
  • Going for a walk outdoors 
  • Stroking a pet 
  • Enjoying more sleep 
  • Talk to someone about your problems (such as a loved one or your GP) 
  • Improve your time management 

Learn About Ovulation 

Pregnancy test
W765WG Cropped image of disappointed woman holding pregnancy test

To increase your chances of becoming a parent, you should learn more about ovulation. For instance, if you have a 28-day menstrual cycle, your ovulation will likely occur halfway through on day 14. If, however, you have a 25-day menstrual cycle, then ovulation will occur on day 11. If you have a 35-day cycle, you can expect ovulation on day 21. Once you have identified your ovulation days, you should aim to have intercourse during this time to boost your chances of getting pregnant. 

It is also possible to purchase an ovulation test to increase your chances of conceiving.

Invest in a Basal Thermometer 

Basal thermometer

A basal thermometer can monitor changes to your basal body temperature, which can rise due to hormonal changes in the body and is caused by ovulation. By using a thermometer, you can track small and large changes to your body temperature, so you can identify your most fertile days. 

Consider Reflexology 

Reflexology

Many people are unaware that there are areas on a person’s hands and feet that will link to various organs in their body. By applying pressures to those areas, it is possible to improve energy flow to these organs, which can improve ovulation, encourage relaxation and regulate a menstrual cycle. It could be a worthwhile therapy for those hoping to improve their fertility. 

Consume Zinc

Red meat

Did you know that zinc can naturally improve your fertility? The nutrient can lead to an increased production of high-quality sperm. What’s more, it can decrease your likelihood of experiencing a miscarriage. For this reason, it is important for both you and your partner to add more zinc into your diet. 

You can find the essential nutrient in: 

  • Baked beans 
  • Pumpkin seeds 
  • Red meat 
  • Poultry 
  • Cashew nuts 
  • Crab meat 
  • Oysters 

Aim to consume at least 30mg of zinc each day to boost your fertility.  

Visit Your GP 

A GP appointment

If you are struggling to conceive, there could be various health factors affecting your fertility. For instance, there are certain sexually transmitted diseases that can have no symptoms but could affect your fertility, such as Chlamydia. It’s also possible you could be living with a condition that determines your reproductive health, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids. 

If you are struggling conceiving, it is important to consult your GP for advice, and potentially a diagnosis and treatment for a health condition, which could improve your fertility. 

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