WANT TO INCREASE YOUR CONCEPTION CHANCES? CONSIDER THESE 4 PROVEN STEPS.
Up to 15% of couples have fertility challenges. However, there are a few things you could do, or at best avoid, to improve your chances of getting pregnant. For both men and women, diet and lifestyle choices play a vital role in fertility. Below, we share some science-based ways men and women can improve fertility.
Avoid Sexually Transmitted Diseases While preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STD) is necessary to protect your overall health, it is also crucial to fertility. STDs, especially Chlamydia and gonorrhea pose fertility threats in both men and women. You can reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases by particularly using a condom always, and limiting the number of your sexual partners. If you are in a relationship with a single partner, ensure that he or she has been tested and free of STDs.
Choosing your Lubes Couples trying to conceive are usually advised not to use lubricants, as evidence has proven that most commercial lubricants can be toxic and can as well inhibit sperm motility. However, for some, intercourse is a struggle without lubrication. In this case, consider coconut oil, baby oil, canola oil, or egg whites. There are actually some over-the-counter lubricants that have been designed with fertility in mind.
Avoid Pesticides You might be thinking of occupation hazards, but we are talking about eating pesticide-treated foods. Studies have shown that most herbicides and pesticides used to kill crop-threatening insects and weeds reduce male fertility (by causing low sperm count and quality) and affect female fertility by preventing ovarian function and disrupting menstrual cycle. If you are trying to get pregnant, you should consider eating carefully washed organic fruits and vegetables. Don't Over-Exercise Exercise can be good for your general health, even while trying to conceive – considering you need to maintain a healthy weight. But vigorous exercise can be harmful to fertility. Vigorous exercise can cause suppression of both ovulation and the hormone progesterone. This one is quite controversial, considering that fitness expectations differ in individuals. So you might need to speak with your doctor to ascertain the level of physical activity best suited to you.