5 Tips to Boost Your Fertility

Starting your family is a huge decision. And when you don’t get pregnant as soon as you were planning, it can be frustrating. The team at Signature Women’s Healthcare in Lawrenceville and Lithonia, Georgia is here to help.    

Our highly skilled OB/GYNs, Jacquline Hayles-Patterson, MD and Tyndal M. Jones, MD, work with women of all ages struggling with infertility. We also know how important lifestyle factors can be when trying to get pregnant.

Read on to learn more about what could be preventing you from conceiving, and our top five tips for boosting your fertility! 

What is infertility?

Infertility is the condition that describes the inability to conceive a baby within one year of trying to get pregnant. For women over 35, the definition changes to an inability to conceive within six months. Sometimes infertility is used for women who can conceive but are unable to carry a fetus to term.

If you’re struggling with infertility, keep in mind that it’s not always a female problem. About one-third of infertility cases are due to an issue on the women’s side, but an equal percentage of causes lie with male partners. The remaining cases have a combination of male and female factors or indeterminate causes.   

Some conditions linked to infertility include:

It’s important to talk to your provider at Signature Women’s Healthcare if you’re struggling to get pregnant so you can uncover the root cause of your problem. 

How can I boost my fertility naturally?

Lifestyle factors can play a big role in helping you get pregnant and maintain a healthy pregnancy. Here are our top five tips for boosting your fertility and improving your chances of conceiving:

1. Maintain a healthy weight

For about 10% of women experiencing difficulty with fertility, weight plays a large role. Too much body fat can have a negative impact on hormone levels. Research indicates that women who are overweight may struggle more frequently with irregular ovulation. On the other hand, being underweight can wreak havoc with estrogen levels and make pregnancy difficult. 

2. Practice stress management

Several recent studies have uncovered a link between a woman’s level of stress and her chances of getting pregnant. This makes sense, as your body knows when it’s not a good time to reproduce. 

Women who are stressed are also more likely to engage in unhealthy habits that can impact your fertility, like smoking, drinking more alcohol and caffeine, and not getting enough sleep. By incorporating healthy stress management techniques, you may increase your fertility. 

3. Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet

You don’t have to eat a special “fertility diet” to boost your chances of conceiving. Your entire body functions best when fueled by healthy, unprocessed foods. This applies to your fertility as well!

Simply reach for unprocessed, plant-based foods as much as possible, and incorporate lean proteins, like beans and legumes, and healthy fats, like nuts and avocados. Avoid processed or refined foods, like sugar and oil, and skip wine or other alcoholic beverages and caffeine, as they may affect ovulation.  

4. Exercise regularly

Regular exercise is a great way to improve your overall health and chances of conceiving. The improved blood flow and other benefits it brings your body also help your fertility. Just be sure you don’t overdo it. Too much exercise, or exercise that’s too intense, can interfere with normal ovulation and reduce progesterone levels. 

5. Improve sleep hygiene

Research indicates that practicing good sleep hygiene — getting enough quality sleep — plays a role in your fertility. Lack of sleep can also contribute to stress and poor dietary choices. Aim for getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night to help improve your chances of conceiving.  

If you’re worried about fertility, the first step should be talking to your provider at Signature Women’s Healthcare. By identifying what’s negatively impacting your fertility, our team can help you decide which lifestyle factor changes will benefit you most.

What do I do if lifestyle changes aren’t enough?

Lifestyle changes alone aren’t always enough to help you become pregnant. If you’re still struggling to get pregnant after a year, or six months if you're 35 or older, it’s important to meet with your trusted medical provider at Signature Women’s Healthcare. 

Our OB/GYNs take a holistic and comprehensive approach to identifying the cause of fertility struggles, and work with you to create a customized treatment plan that meets your unique needs. We can also refer your partner to trusted doctors for evaluation.    

To learn more about infertility and what you can do about it, call the Signature Women’s Healthcare office nearest you or book an appointment online today! 

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