Time seems to slow down when a woman is trying to get pregnant, because she is always watching the calendar to determine if conception happened. According to a few fertility experts, if you want to get pregnant fast, there are several fertility boosting methods that can be used to increase your odds and chances of conceiving a baby quickly.
1. Ovulation Timing
Timing ovulation can be an effective method to get pregnant more quickly, because right before, and during ovulation, a woman’s body is most fertile for conception: the cervical fluid aiding the sperm mobility to swim more quickly towards the fallopian tube to fertilize the egg. According to the American Pregnancy Association, a woman’s ovulation typically occur anywhere from 11 – 21 days since the last menstrual cycle, so with a little bit of calculation, it is possible to find out when your ovulation occurs so that you can time your intercourse to increase your odds of conception.
2. Increase Sex Frequency
Some individuals mistakenly think that waiting to have sex may help to boost fertility because the sperm count is increased. The truth is that while the sperm count may go up, the motility of the sperm (capacity of sperm to “move and swim” in a forward direction) decreases, which can negatively affect the vitality of the sperm to propel themselves towards the fallopian tube for fertilization of the egg. If you want to increase your odds of conceiving a baby, have intercourse daily or every-other-day within the six day window of the time before ovulation.
3. Use Sperm Friendly Lubricant
It may be surprising to hear that popular lubricants can actually decrease fertility, because these lubricants contains petroleum jelly that affects the sperm’s health and motility. For example, regular petroleum jelly lubricants such as Touch, KY Jelly, and Astroglide has been shown in research to inhibit sperm motility and speed by as much as 60 to 95%.
If you must use a lubricant, it is recommended by fertility doctors to use a sperm friendly lubricant such as Pre-Seed which is clinically tested and pH balanced to match fertile cervical mucus for trying to conceive couples.
Additionally, other cheap and good natural lubricants options can also be found in your kitchen, such as olive oil, canola oil or coconut oil.
4. Lose Those Extra Pounds
Most women want to lose weight for vanity reasons, but did you know that weight can contribute to fertility? Being underweight or overweight may make it more difficult for a woman to get pregnant. For best results, your weight should be in a healthy range with a body mass index (BMI) between 19 and 25. If a woman is obese (with a BMI of 25 – 39), then it might take her twice as long to get pregnant as a woman within a healthy weight range. On the other hand, a woman who is underweight may also have a hard time getting pregnant, and it may take her four times longer to conceive if she has a BMI under 19.
5. Avoid Over-Exercising
Even though maintaining a healthy weight is an important factor for fertility, there is something to be said about “moderation in all things.” Christopher Williams, MD who specialize in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, suggests that women who participate in intense or rigorous exercise may ovulate less frequently which can negatively impact a woman’s fertility and reduces their opportunities for getting pregnant.
Additionally, over-exercising may also increase the risk of miscarriage, so it is best to talk with your medical doctor about your exercise routine if you are planning to get pregnant.
6. Watch What You Eat
Simply losing weight may not be enough to regulate hormones, because certain types of foods can have a negative effect on hormone production. A research team at Harvard School of Public Health discovered that certain types of foods may impact fertility. When unhealthy foods are eaten, insulin levels in the body are affected, and insulin is a type of hormone that may impact the production of other hormones within the body.
For best results, a woman should stay away from foods that have a high impact on insulin levels. Foods to avoid include:
- White flour
- Sugary foods
- Trans fats
- Starchy foods
Instead of eating these unhealthy foods, try focusing your meals on a well-balanced diet that includes a good source of protein, plenty of vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, and small amounts of healthy fats.
7. Manage Stress Levels
High stress levels can have a negative impact on a woman’s fertility, which is a little ironic because sometimes a woman is stressed about the fact that she is having a hard time getting pregnant and the stress can negatively impact her ovulation and menstruation! A Danish study found that conception decreased when women reported higher levels of stress in their life.
Women who are looking to get pregnant can reduce stress levels by finding time to relax with a massage, practicing low impact exercises such as fertility yoga, or talking with a counselor to decrease stress levels.
8. Enjoy The Sunshine
When a woman gets enough sunlight exposure, her body has higher levels of vitamin D which can help to boost fertility. Australian researchers at the Medical University of Graz found that vitamin D affects women’s hormones including estrogen and progesterone, and vitamin D can be gained by getting enough sunlight.
9. Avoid Adult Beverages
Certain drinks may have a negative impact on fertility, including caffeinated beverages and alcohol. Too much caffeine has been associated with lower fertility levels, and researchers found that drinking two alcoholic beverages each day may cause a 60% decrease in fertility. With these beverages, moderation is ok but if you are planning to conceive a baby fast, you should consider avoiding caffeine and alcohol from your diet temporary.
10. Stop Smoking And Avoid Second Hand Smoke
When a woman is exposed to cigarette smoke, the toxins from the cigarettes can damage the eggs and prevent pregnancy. Regular exposure to cigarette toxins reduce the chances of fertilization and impair the implantation process that needs to occur after an egg has been fertilized.
If you plan to get pregnant anytime soon in the near future, it is a good idea to stop smoking now. According to Dr Robert Barberi who specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, smoking can permanently damage a woman’s fertility for the rest of her life. When the cigarette habit is stopped, some of the ovarian function may return.
11. Avoid Douching
Some women like to douche to clean the vagina, but when douching is used it can throw off the levels of healthy bacteria in the vaginal area. It is normal for the body to produce good bacteria which helps to wipe out bad bacteria so that the woman can avoid vaginal infection. Douching wipes out all of the bacteria, both good and bad, creating an environment where the bad bacteria may begin to multiply since the good bacteria is no longer present. When there is an imbalance in the vaginal flora, a vaginal infection may occur which can negative impact fertility.
12. Take A Good Quality Probiotic
The body’s immune system is closely linked with gut health, and modern diets can have a negative impact on gut health. Bethany Hays, MD, who is the medical director of a healthcare center in Maine, suggests that women with fertility problems such as endometriosis usually have gut problems as well. To restore a healthy gut balance, it is a good idea to take a probiotic daily and also avoid junk food.
If you like more tips to get pregnant fast, click here to watch this short infertility cure story by Lisa Olson, a certified nutritionist who overcame her infertility issues to get pregnant twice and gave birth to two healthy children naturally.
As you can see, there are many ways that a woman can boost her chances of conceiving easier and quicker. But, it is important to remember that the woman is only half of the equation. Men also need to be aware of their fertility, and should take proactive steps to boost their sperm health and increase the chances of conception.
Fertility Boosting Tips For Him
1. Avoid Repeated Heat Exposure
The idea that men should wear boxers instead of briefs to boost fertility is an old wives’ tale, and recent findings have shown that there isn’t a major difference in the type of underwear a man wears. But, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, repeated heat exposure because of high water temperatures may negatively affect a man’s fertility. So, men should avoid sitting in a hot tub or a hot bath too often. Findings are inconclusive about increased temperature from other heat sources, such as a laptop sitting on a man’s lap. But, men should play it safe and avoid repeated exposure from those heat sources if he is planning for a baby.
2. Increase Folic Acid Consumption
It is a well-known fact that a woman needs extra folic acid before conception and during pregnancy, which is why it is an important ingredient in prenatal vitamins. Did you know that folic acid levels are important for men’s fertility as well? If a man is not getting enough folic acid, then his sperm production can be decreased by as much as 90%. Eating foods high in folic can help boost sperm production, so he should eat foods such as:
- Root vegetables
- Whole grains
- Green, leafy vegetables
3. Stop Smoking
If a man is trying to boost his fertility levels, he should kick the smoking habit because smoking cigarettes can decrease sperm count. Additionally, cigarettes should be avoided when he is around his female partner, because the second hand smoke can negatively impact her fertility chances to become pregnant as well.
4. Take A Coenzyme Q10 Supplement
Taking a supplement of coenzyme Q10 daily may help to improve the sperm cells. When coenzyme Q10 is present, then the mitochondria within the sperm is boosted, helping them to swim more efficiently in order to fertilize the egg. Coenzyme Q10 can be gained through a healthy diet, or daily supplements can be used.
5. Drinking Lemon Juice In The Morning
Starting the day with the juice from half a lemon mixed into a warm cup of water may help to improve fertility. When fresh lemon juice is consumed on an empty stomach, it can help to boost the liver’s ability to remove excess estrogen in men. Too much estrogen can be associated with fertility problems, and the liver can regulate those hormones more effectively when lemon water is used each morning.
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