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Over the past five years, Oova has helped countless women take control of their fertility.
Lifestyle changes can help you feel better and even boost fertility. Here's what to know.
If you’re having trouble conceiving, the process may begin to feel daunting and out of your control. The good news is, you can boost your fertility by focusing on your general health and wellbeing.
So, what areas should you focus on — whether that's adjusting, reducing, or increasing each area — to boost your fertility?
Diet Exercise Drinking Smoking Sleep Stress
Nutrition can make a meaningful impact on your fertility. Numerous infertility cases — 20 to 30%, according to Tamsin Jordan, a registered dietician — could benefit from better dietar choices. You can also navigate and improve certain health conditions, like PCOS, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, celiac disease, and hypothalamic amenorrhea, through specific diet and eating choices.
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So, what should you eat to boost your fertility?
Dietary adjustments can also help ensure a healthy weight, which is important for fertility. Studies show that women who are obese are more likely to have ovulatory dysfunction and poorer IVF outcomes. Women who are underweight are also at a higher risk for infertility and irregular ovulation. Making conscious choices to maintain a healthy and balanced diet can help you keep up a healthy weight, thereby boosting your fertility.
You may be able to increase your chances of conceiving through regular, moderate exercise. Physical activity helps you manage your blood sugar, insulin, and androgen levels, fight inflammation, and reduce stress. It also helps reduce the risk of ovulatory infertility.
To exercise to boost fertility, remember that all movement is valuable. It's recommended to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day, and to include a variety of exercises in your weekly routine.
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Yet while exercising is important, be careful not to overdo it. Workouts that are too strenuous — like seven or more hours of aerobic exercise a week — can increase your risk for ovulatory problems.
Reducing your alcohol intake can help prevent health and infertility issues.
Heavy drinking can cause ovulatory issues — the number one cause of infertility. Binge drinking (more than five standard drinks in one occasion) has been shown to cause miscarriage, still birth, premature birth, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
So, can you drink if you're trying to conceive? Moderate drinking —drinking less than seven drinks a week for women, and 14 for men — won't make or break your fertility; however there is a slight risk. If you're looking to boost your fertility, drinking infrequently is your best bet.
Smoking can also impede on fertility. The chemicals in cigarette smoke can speed up the loss rate of eggs. Compared to non-smokers, women who smoke are said to go through menopause one to four years earlier. Women who smoke are at a higher risk for fertility problems, miscarriages, unhealthy pregnancies, and ectopic pregnancies. Quitting smoking can improve your fertility.
When we sleep, our body regulates fertility hormones and systems. The part of our brain that controls our sleep and wake hormones is also responsible for a daily release of reproductive hormones. When we struggle with lack of sleep over the long term, we can impact the release of luteinizing hormone (LH), the hormone which triggers ovulation.
There are a few things you can do to get more sleep and boost your fertility:
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It's a cruel paradox — you're stressed that you're not conceiving, but too much stress can negatively affect your fertility.
Reducing stress can help improve your overall wellbeing, health, and therefore boost your fertility. To reduce stress, you can try meditating, get movement in, eat a balanced diet, focus on activities that bring you joy, and rely on a support system.
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Everyone’s health, hormones, and cycles are unique, which means women have different needs when it comes to improving chances of conception. Yet your fertility is not completely out of your control. By focusing on your health and wellness, you can help boost your fertility to increase your chances of conceiving.
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