There are many natural options to improve your chances of falling pregnant.
At Fertility First, we believe that it’s important to minimise the invasiveness of the testing process and only carry out the necessary investigations, maximising your chance of a successful outcome.
Through our holistic and individualised approach, we take into consideration any lifestyle and environmental factors that may be affecting your fertility, and work with you to modify these. Various factors include Vitamin D deficiency, folate vs. 5-MTHF, insulin levels, weight, alcohol and smoking.
In general, both women and men can improve the chance of conceiving through a number of common lifestyle modifications. These include:
- Improving your diet, eating less saturated fat and more fibre
When undergoing fertility treatment, it can be a stressful and emotional journey. It is essential to look after yourself be able to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to ensure you’re giving your body the best chance to produce healthy eggs and healthy sperm. Studies have previously shown the benefits of specific vitamins and minerals in egg quality, sperm quality, quantity and morphology, and the positive impact a healthy diet can have when trying to achieve a healthy pregnancy. For up to date news and research, please visit Fertility First’s news and research page.
- Limiting intake of alcohol and caffeinated beverages
Research has shown that excess caffeine and alcohol consumption can have a detrimental effect on both men and women undergoing fertility treatment. Excess consumption can have a negative impact on sperm concentration, motility and morphology, and be a key factor in poor egg quality.
- Quitting smoking and avoiding recreational drug use
It is widely known that smoking has a detrimental effect on the health of both males and females and can have a negative impact on fertility. Numerous studies presented around the world have reported that not only can smoking have an adverse effect on the IVF outcome of patients, it has also been strongly linked to poor embryo development, decreased fertilisation rates and can also increase the rate of miscarriages.
- Checking with your fertility specialist that any medications you are taking will not adversely affect fertility
As harmless as they may seem, there are supplements and herbs that can interfere with the fertility medication you will need to take during your cycle. It is essential that you tell your fertility specialist about any medications, supplements or herbs you have been taking to ensure they will not have an adverse effect on your cycle.
- Wear appropriate clothing
Elevated scrotal temperatures have been known to have an adverse effect on sperm and a recent study from Harvard has revealed that tighter fitting underwear can raise the temperature significantly enough to have a negative impact.
- Avoiding environmental chemicals such as lead, pesticides and organic solvents
Research has shown that high levels of chemical and heavy metal exposure can impact sperm quality and may increase the risk of miscarriage due to elevated levels of DNA fragmentation. It is important to try and minimise the amount of exposure and look at testing your sperm for DNA damage prior to commencing your treatment.