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5 Ways to Promote Your Fertility (and When to Seek Help)

5 Ways to Promote Your Fertility (and When to Seek Help)

Infertility has been a concern for much of human history, so there are many old wives’ tales about how to promote fertility. If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, having an expert on your side can help you separate fact from fiction and find treatments that will actually increase your chances of getting pregnant. 

At Physicians for Women in Madison, Wisconsin, our team of reproductive health specialists supports you through every phase of your fertility journey. 

Understanding infertility 

To understand infertility, it’s important that you unlearn many misconceptions about the issue. Historically, the blame for infertility has been shifted onto women, but infertility is a condition that can affect either sex almost equally. In fact, a third of infertility cases can’t be linked to either party, implying that the problem might lie with both. 

However, infertility shouldn’t be viewed as something someone should be blamed for. Instead, you and your partner should work together to promote fertility and consider your options if your DIY fertility boosts don’t return results. 

5 easy ways to promote fertility 

If you and your partner are trying to conceive, making lifestyle changes is the easiest and healthiest way to boost your chances. Both parents should maintain a healthy weight, diet, and sleep schedule, and should keep stress to a minimum. Along with staying in shape, here are five ways to naturally promote fertility. 

1. Have sex frequently  

This might seem obvious, but having healthy amounts of sex — and having it at the right time during your cycle — is the best way to naturally promote fertility. Consider using at-home fertility tests that can show when women are most likely to conceive. Most of all, though, don’t stress.

2. Stop smoking

Smoking negatively affects almost every aspect of your health, including your fertility. Both parties should quit cigarettes if you’re trying to conceive; the decision will not only better your own health, but also that of your child’s. 

 3. Limit alcohol intake 

Most women stop drinking leading up to and during pregnancy. Abstinence can help increase fertility and protect against birth defects. Studies show that men can also improve fertility and increase sperm count by limiting alcohol intake. 

4. Women: try supplements

Folic acid is often recommended for pregnant mothers, but it can actually boost your chances of conception as well. Taken alongside a multivitamin, common supplements like folic acid, fiber, and even bee propolis and royal jelly can all help boost fertility. 

5. Men: monitor testicle temperature 

For years, boxers vs. briefs dominated the debate regarding male fertility, but the real concern is actually testicle temperature. If you want to preserve your viable sperm, try to avoid steam rooms, hot tubs, long showers, and the heat from laptops. 

When to seek help 

A failure to conceive can cause feelings of frustration, guilt, and inadequacy, as well as stress on a relationship. If you’ve been struggling to conceive for over a year, it might be time to bring in a specialist. In many cases, we can help people with suspected fertility issues successfully conceive.

To schedule a consultation at Physicians for Women, call 608-227-7007, or visit our contact page for more options. 

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