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If you are finding that you are having problems conceiving, then you are like one of every 10 couples in the US facing problems with infertility. In order to be considered as a problematic situation, which requires medical attention, you need to be experiencing an inability to become pregnant for at least a year after starting to try, or after half a year in case the woman is over the age of 35.
Of course, the first step the couple needs to take is to get medical advice, in order for any physical problems or side effect of medications to be ruled out as the reason for the infertility.
Unfortunately, as much as 10% of women suffering from infertility have the so-called “unexplained infertility”, which are usually due to problems with the fallopian tubes picking up the egg, or failed implantation of the embryo after conception, as well as inability of the sperm to fertilize the egg for some reason or another.
Apart from the obvious medical causes of difficulty conceiving, there are certain factors which may affect your ability to easily conceive a child.
One of the factors, which may be causing problems conceiving is the stress related to the actual process of trying to become pregnant and failing month after month. Stress causes hormonal imbalance, so the first thing you should do is stop worrying, try some meditation, and take up yoga or other stress relieving activity to reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which interferes with the proper balance of the reproduction hormones in your body.
Sometimes, some lifestyle changes or adjustments will help your chances of conception. The most obvious ones are: quitting smoking and cutting down or quitting drinking alcohol – this goes for both future parents. Smoking is known to decrease fertility both for men and women, not to mention the negative effect it will have on your fetus if you become pregnant and continue smoking and drinking. Recreational drugs should also be avoided, in order to improve the chances of conception and having a healthy baby. Marijuana or anabolic steroids will harm the sperm, and as a whole using drugs during conception or pregnancy can have terrible and even fatal effect on the fetus.
Leading a more active lifestyle and exercising is also known to improve the sperm count and sperm motility in men. If one or both partners are overweight, this too can be another reason for the problems with conceiving.
Becoming more active, and eating a healthy diet will not only improve your health and chances of becoming pregnant, but is crucial for the development of the baby as well.
Because of the chemicals and other harmful substances found in many processed foods, it is recommended that the future mothers switch to a fertility diet and possibly do some form of body de-toxing when preparing to become pregnant. By eating a healthier diet and losing that extra weight, the hormones in the body will balance themselves into the good configuration to allow easier conception.
Having enough sleep can also affect the fertility. Make sure you and your partner get a healthy amount of sleep, because sleep deprivation too will mess with your hormones, and can make conceiving a more difficult task.
Men should wear boxer shorts and loose fitting pants, in order to keep their sperm healthy and living. Staying away from saunas and hot baths is also advisable for the men, in order to keep the sperm cooler and alive.
An increase of the chances of conception and an overall improvement of the fertility can be achieved through some herbs which are known to help, including: Maca, Nettles and Red Raspberry. Another option is to take a combination of these herbs and minerals in natural herbal supplements like Conceive For Her and Conceive For Him created for increasing the fertility in men and women, which can also help the conception to happen sooner.
People should know that some types of lubricants actually kill the sperm, so if they choose to use lubrication when having sex, they should get one which is “sperm-friendly” or use a natural lubricant such as egg whites, for example.
There are some alternative medicine methods which can be used to improve fertility. Acupuncture is known to have a positive effect on increasing and improving fertility.
Some environmental factors may also affect and decrease the fertility of men and women as well. Exposure to radiation form an X-Ray, exposure to lead or to certain pesticides can harm the ability to conceive. Certain chemicals which we are likely to be exposed to at a daily basis might cause problems with fertility. Some are contained in the non-stick pans and vessels (when the coating is destroyed and becomes absorbed by the food), and others are supposedly contained in microwavable popcorn bags. Other chemicals which may be having a negative impact on your fertility are: glymes (found in printer cartilages, some cleaning chemicals and lithium batteries as well), or BPA found in canned foods.
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