What you need to know:
Stress can lower the quality of sperm, which affects fertility in both men and women.
Stress causes the release of steroid hormones which leads to low testosterone levels and decreased sperm production.
As men and women get older, their fertility naturally declines. If you’re looking to increase your chances of conceiving, read on.
Aim for a healthy lifestyle that incorporates a variety of activities exercise and eating well
Ensure you eat a balanced diet because you need all essential nutrients when trying to conceive.
Eat foods that are classified as “healthy fats” to help keep your hormone levels normal, which is important for reproductive health.
It is recommended that you consume as little sugar as possible.
Exercise is beneficial to fertility since it improves a variety of factors such as bone density, muscular mass, blood pressure, and weight reduction or increase.
Regular exercise prior to conception has been demonstrated to:
Increases insulin sensitivity and hormonal balance which improves ovarian function
Reduce the risk of ovulation problems
Reduce the risk of miscarriage
Increases the probability of conception
Keep a close eye on your stress levels.
Stress can influence both men and women’s fertility by lowering the quality of sperm. Stress also triggers the production of steroid hormones, resulting in reduced testosterone levels and sperm production.
In women, stress tampers with the natural ovulation cycle.
Find ways to manage your stress levels e.g., doing your hobbies, exercise, or meditation after a long day at work. If possible, avoid people and situations that stress or put pressure on you.
Observe your ovulation cycle.
You might be able to predict when you’ll ovulate by monitoring your body signals such as the colour of your cervical mucus or through physical changes such as breast tenderness, increased sex drive, and abdominal cramps.
If you have an irregular ovulation cycle or ovulation problems, consult an OB/GYN.
Reduce your alcohol consumption.
Alcohol increases the risk of ovulation disorders. Avoid drinking alcohol while trying to conceive and during the entire pregnancy period for a healthy baby.
Heavy intake of alcohol is known to reduce sperm count as well as motility.
Low testosterone levels and poor sperm quality are also associated with alcohol.
Use Fertility Supplements Made from Natural Ingredients
Some natural supplements help the body produce oestrogen and improve fertility. Zinc, foliate and other antioxidants found in foods such as olive oil, avocados, dark chocolate, and almonds improve fertility for both men and women.
If you are deficient in essential nutrients, you can purchase commercial natural supplements, upon consultation with your doctor.
In conclusion, have a positive mindset while trying to conceive. Avoid stressful environments and practice healthy habits that will improve your fertility.
If you have further concerns, consult your doctor.