One in six couples has fertility challenges in Australia, and 20% of these infertility cases are unexplained. If you are hoping to boost your fertility naturally, here are some tips that may help.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet – be sure to eat more fibre, less refined carbs, high-fat dairy, and no trans-fats. Conditions like celiac disease and gluten intolerance can affect a couples’ ability to make babies. Thus, avoiding foods with gluten will benefit such couples.
Avoid unfermented soy products such as tofu and soy milk – these products can interfere with the production of thyroid hormones and estrogen, essential for ovulation and pregnancy. These foods also have negative effects on sperm. Instead, take fermented soy products like natto, tempeh, and miso.
Avoid acidic foods – the cervical mucus accepts, prepares and aids the sperm in swimming to the egg for fertilization. However, acidic foods can alter this function. Thus, alkaline foods rich in antioxidants are good fertility foods. They include beans, vegetables, nuts and fruits.
Consider herbs – herbs and natural supplements can also help enhance fertility. These include Dong Quai, maca, bee pollen, and royal jelly, which contain minerals and vitamins that can correct infertility and encourage fertilization and conception.
Avoid Heat – The sperm needs to be healthy to swim well towards the egg and be viable to fertilize the egg. The scrotum hangs outside the body cavity as increased temperature impair and kill sperm. Thus, men should avoid hot baths, tight-fitting underwear, using laptops directly on their laps and sitting for long periods.
Exercise – Obesity or being overweight can cause hormonal imbalances and menstrual irregularities, resulting in infertility. In males, it can increase body temperature and affect the quality of sperm produced. Exercise makes you get and maintain a healthy weight.
Quit smoking – Smoking can reduce estrogen production, poor egg quality, and increased risk for ectopic pregnancy and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). In males, smoking can alter sperm shape and quality and increases the risk for impotence.
Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption – Increased caffeine intake (more than 300mg) can reduce a woman’s fertility by increasing the risk for miscarriage. Research has shown that alcohol can reduce a couple’s fertility by 26%, with white wine affecting women more while beer was the culprit for men.
Avoid and manage stress – Stress reduces libido, reduces egg quality, and causes an imbalance in the hormonal levels of luteinizing hormone, prolactin, and cortisol and prevent egg implantation, affecting fertility.
This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional.
You can make an appointment with Dr Kenny on 07 3188 5000.