For some couples, getting pregnant can be a very difficult task. Traditional treatments to enhance fertility can be very costly, and be extremely taxing on the female’s body as well as her relationship. For some infertile couples, the answer lies with a more naturopathic approach. In fact, the following three considerations should be followed by anyone who wants to become pregnant.
1. Throw away the Cigarettes
Smoking is not only hazardous to your health; it actually decreases fertility in both the male and the female. Research abroad has proven that smoking in a woman will decrease her chances of conceiving by as much as 66 percent.
Smoking decreases the number of eggs a woman produces each month. It actually decreases the amount of female hormones in women, and increases the amount of male hormones in them. Estrogen is the female hormone responsible for creating mucus and making the cervix more welcome to sperm. This hormone is lacking in women who smoke. On the other hand, the male hormones androgen and testosterone are found in higher-than-normal amounts in women who smoke. These hormones play a huge role in affecting fertility.
In addition to altering hormone levels, smoking affects the rate at which a person absorbs different vitamins and minerals. For men who are trying to conceive, this can be a bigger problem than it first appears. Vitamin C assists in proper sperm formation and mobility in the male. Men who smoke have vitamin C levels that are 20 to 40 percent lower than men who do not smoke.
2. Eat Right
If you’re trying to conceive, there’s never been a better time to eat right. Women who are at or near normal body weights are more likely to get pregnant than those who are overweight. In addition, women who carry their fat around the hips are more likely to get pregnant than women who carry their fat in the stomach. Women who are underweight also have greater difficulties conceiving.
Dieting affects the rate at which the ovaries develop eggs in women. In men who diet, testosterone levels are decreased by as much as 33 percent. On the contrary, men who ate regular diets saw normal testosterone levels.
3. Seasons Change Everything
Just like other animals, changes in the seasons have an impact on fertility. The human body responds to changes in the seasons. Many research studies have shown that the seasons affect the quality and amount of sperm a male produces. The peak months for amount of sperm a male has is in the late winter or early spring. For the woman, eggs are the most fertile in the month of November. At a fertility clinic in Europe, the month with the greatest amount of successful inseminations was November. It should be mentioned that the number of times a couple has intercourse does not affect conception.
Although it is not clear why the cycles in nature affect the overall fertility of a couple, there is documentation that proves the seasons directly affect fertility in both men and women. By following the three tips above as well as using home methods to determine the best time of each menstrual cycle in the woman, couples can increase their chances of conceiving immensely. With a small window of opportunity for successful conception each month, a couple needs to plan ahead and take care of themselves in order to create the optimal environment for conception.