Trying to get pregnant? Try these natural ways to boost your fertility and increase your chances of conceiving.
Many of us are choosing to have children later on in life, a decision that can affect our ability to conceive. Whether you've been trying unsuccessfully or you are about to start trying and want to give yourself the best chance at success, take a look at our list of natural ways you can boost your fertility.
Note: You are always advised to visit a doctor to rule out any physical problems in regards to conceiving issues.
Keep your blood sugar balanced
Having elevated insulin levels can stimulate the brain's pituitary gland to release hormones that disrupt ovulation. Try to eat low GI carbs such as sweet potatoes to reduce insulin spikes.
Say goodbye to soy
A study from Harvard University found that isoflavones in soy-based foods can interfere with the production of sex hormones. To eliminate this, try to avoid soy-based foods - but if you can't resist, drink a glass of full fat milk to compensate as milk is a great source of oestregen.
Studies show that stress can reduce fertility by 12% per cycle, so keep things as stress-free as possible when trying to conceive. Do this by indulging in a massage or breathing in relaxing aromatherapy oils.
Track your ovulation
Research shows that your odds of conception are at their highest in the 48 hours before you ovulate, which happens 14 days before your period. Track your cycle and double your efforts during this time.
Try an alternative therapy
There is a range of alternative therapies that have the potential to help you conceive, with acupuncture proving the most popular.
Cut down on caffeine
If drunk in excess, caffeine can reduce the muscle activity in the fallopian tubes, which can stall the eggs journey to the womb. Drinking just three cups a day can have this effect, so try to cut down or replace with decaffeinated coffees.
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