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5 Natural Ways to Enhance Fertility

5 Natural Ways to Enhance Fertility

If you’re like many women, you spend years trying to avoid getting pregnant through various contraceptive methods. But, when the time comes when you actually want to conceive a baby, some of you may find that it’s not as easy as you thought it was going to be. In fact, about 10 percent of couples in the U.S. suffer from infertility. But even for healthy couples not experiencing infertility, the odds are only about 20 percent that a woman will become pregnant during any one menstrual cycle.

But don’t stress about this statistic. There are a number of ways you can help your body along — one of them being to reduce stress (which is sometimes easier said than done when you want a baby right away). Here are five natural ways to enhance fertility without the worry of ingesting, or injecting, costly fertility drugs and treatments:
1. Be in control (of your weight)
The number one thing both women and men can do (especially women) to enhance fertility is to maintain, or achieve, a healthy body weight, says Jorge Chavarro, M.D., research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and co-author of The Fertility Diet. Remember, though, it’s not about getting a bikini body, but about maintaining a healthy weight that allows your hormones and body to function smoothly.
Why is a healthy weight so important? Extremely lean or very obese women, and men, can both have trouble conceiving. In men, both unhealthy body types can lead to poor-quality semen. For ultra-lean women, the body is set into starvation mode and basically sends a signal to the reproductive system that it’s not a good time reproduce. Obesity in women can mess with insulin levels, which affects reproductive hormones and subsequently has a negative impact on ovulation.
You should aim for a body mass index, the standardized measure of the ratio of height to weight, of between 24 and 30. Learn how to calculate your BMI.
2. Try acupuncture
“Traditional Chinese medicine has been used for millennia to treat issues of fertility,” says Naomi Rabinowitz, M.D., founder and medical director of Turning Point Acupuncture in New York, who advocates acupuncture to treat energy (chi) imbalances in the body and herbs to nourish and strengthen vital fluids and internal organs.
Women often have depleted or constrained energy that causes blockages, says Rabinowitz, particularly in the pelvis. Bringing the chi into balance optimizes the possibility of conception. Additionally, regular acupuncture sessions can help facilitate blood flow to the reproductive region, regulate hormones and reduce stress, which can impact a woman’s ability to conceive. (See #5 below for the importance of stress reduction in fertility.)
Women might want to “needle” their male partners into trying acupuncture as well: Research indicates that the practice can increase sperm motility and reduce the number of abnormal sperm, upping the chances of conception.
To read full article, visit Gaiam Life.

 

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