Quick tips to boost fertility in women naturally
Author: Dr. V Ramya, Consultant & Fertility Specialist
A healthy reproductive system improves your chances of pregnancy. Here are a few tips you can try to get yourself and your body, “baby ready”.
Watch your body weight
Weight changes affect overall health. Being overweight and underweight, both impact fertility and can affect your ability to get pregnant.
Obesity leads to conditions like PCOS which causes hormonal imbalance resulting in irregular menstrual cycle. Being underweight also leads to hormonal imbalances like production of less estrogen. Low estrogen levels affect the ovulation process. It also leads to complications during pregnancy.
The likelihood of having a healthy pregnancy can be increased by maintaining a healthy weight.
Do not overdo it as excessive physical exertion is also known to impact fertility.
Stick to a healthy diet
We have been told for ages, that the food we eat has a direct effect on our general health. A nutrient-rich diet helps in the proper functioning of all body systems. There is no sufficient evidence that demonstrates that consuming certain foods is known to increase fertility. An efficiently operating healthy reproductive system can be achieved by practicing healthy food habits like:
– Have a bigger breakfast and include fruits rich in antioxidants.
– Drink plenty of water, and avoid carbonated and sugary drinks.
– Avoid trans fats.
– If you have PCOS, cut down on refined carbs.
– Consume foods high in fiber.
– Include protein sources in your diet.
– Choose healthy fats.
Quit alcohol and tobacco
Alcohol and tobacco have some serious repercussions on the complete health of an individual. Alcohol consumption lowers estrogen levels which affect the ovulation process. This hurts your chances of getting pregnant.
Tobacco and other chemical substances found in cigarettes, negatively affect the chances of conception by reducing the quality and number of eggs in women. It can also cause inconsistent menstrual cycles.
Consider Taking Multivitamins or Prenatal vitamins
Along with balanced food, consider taking multivitamins or prenatal vitamins if you are planning on getting pregnant. In case of any vitamin deficiencies, adding multivitamins like vitamin B, niacin, and folic acid to your routine, provides extra nourishment to the reproductive system, enhancing the chances of getting pregnant.
Prenatal vitamins help in the healthy development of the fetus and prevent birth defects in the unborn child.
Take time to de-stress
Mental and psychological well-being is closely related to both male and female reproductive health. Stress, depression, anxiety, and any other mental conditions have a direct impact on the ovulation process and menstrual cycle.
Meditation, yoga, and cognitive behavioral therapy, etc. can help you cope with mental health issues.
Adequate rest and a good sleep cycle are also beneficial in combating stress.
Avoid working night shifts as it affects hormone production in females, impacting pregnancy chances.
Limit your caffeine intake
As per FDA, having caffeine below 400 mg a day doesn’t result in any negative side effects in a healthy individual. However, the connection between caffeine intake and its effect on a woman’s fertility is inconclusive.
To be on the safe side consider restricting the daily intake of caffeine to 1-2 cups of coffee.
Avoid exposure to Environmental Toxins
The presence of environmental pollutants and chemicals in basic human necessities such as water, air, and food causes damage to fertility in numerous ways. Women exposed to these toxicants suffer from ovulation disorders, impaired endocrine function, etc.
Some of these toxins are found in our daily used products such as household cleaning products, beauty products, etc. Try to find organic or relatively less harmful alternatives. Stay away or try to avoid exposure to potentially harmful chemicals that can affect fertility.
The above-listed tips might help boost fertility. But if you are unable to conceive then it might be due to some underlying fertility issues. Consult with a fertility specialist to increase your chances of having a pregnancy.