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Tips to Improve Fertility

Do you know that you can reduce the waiting period between trying to conceive and getting that good news? Here are a few tips that will elevate your chances of conception.
When you start trying to conceive, you hope to get pregnant as soon as you can. For some couples, the wait ends in just a few weeks, while others have to wait for months or even years. These days, many couples face problems while conceiving. The rate of infertility is at its peak owing to the modern lifestyle. However, all is not lost, as there are still a number of ways to increase fertility. Even if you do not have any issues, these techniques can certainly increase chances of getting pregnant sooner.

Sort Out Your Weight Issues
Obesity is directly associated with infertility. Hence, even if you are overweight by a few pounds, you hamper your chances of conception. Obesity in women can disrupt the hormonal balance which may lead to failure. Even overweight men should address their weight problems before trying for a baby. On the other hand, people who are super thin can also face these problems. Underweight women may lack estrogen and have irregular menses, which is definitely not a good sign. Women should maintain an ideal weight if they wish to increase the chances of conception.

Get a Preconception Checkup Done
A preconception checkup is a must for both partners so as to diagnose any problems beforehand. Some problems can be quickly resolved by simple measures or certain drugs. A preconception checkup ensures that there are no signs of infertility, and that you can continue with your attempts of conception. Without a preconception checkup, you will never know if you have a fertility issue, and hence will go on trying for years without any results.

Eat Right Foods
A balanced diet is an ultimate key to all your health woes. There are certain foods which actually boost your fertility and increase your chances of conception. Nuts, seeds, and green leafy vegetables are some of the foods that boost fertility. Similarly, incorporating dairy products like milk and cheese in your diet along with fresh fruits like yams and kiwi, if consumed on a regular basis, are great too. Cut down your intake of fried, processed foods. Ensure that your diet includes vitamins A, C, and E, as well as minerals such as selenium and folic acid which increase chances of conceiving.

Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
Most infertility problems erupt from an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle. Smoking and alcohol consumption lowers your chances of conception by 50%. Hence, if you really wish to conceive in the near future, you will have to ditch your drinking and smoking. Smoking is a big no no for men as well as women. Cutting down on your caffeine intake can also relieve you of certain fertility issues.

Exercise
Exercising not only keeps your body in shape but also promotes mental and physical health. Stress can be detrimental for conception, especially in women. Exercises relieve you of stress, and keeps you calm and relaxed. However, one must avoid overdoing exercises as it can adversely affect your chances of getting pregnant. Similarly, men should not indulge in exercises such as marathon runs and cycling, as they can reduce the sperm count.

Do Your Math Right
It may sound weird, but getting pregnant is all about understanding certain numbers. For instance, you naturally reduce your chances of getting pregnant after 30 in case of women and 35 in case of men. Every month, you only have 25% chances of conception, even if you do everything right. Another thing that you need to know is that a woman is most fertile during her ovulation, which could be any day between 12 to 18 according to the length of her cycle. Having sex during these days can elevate your chances of pregnancy. Similarly, a man's sperm count is maximum in the morning, hence, making love in the morning may help you to conceive.

If you are unable to conceive even when there seems no obvious problem with either of you, do not hesitate to see a doctor. However, until then, be patient and let nature take its course.
By Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Published: 7/9/2010
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