While fertility centers may not have existed during these ancient times when being infertile was seen as something more superstitious than medical, it was common for those wanting children to give offerings to deities of fertility or seek infertility treatments from community elders. These fertility experts were often sage, older women who used a combination of sacred herbal concoctions, rituals, and even dance to carry out infertility procedures.
Fast forward to today, and fertility is no less of a sensitive, controversial, and popular topic of discussion. Unlike spotty ancient infertility remedies which may have only been marginally successful, today's fertility centers boast consistent, high rates of success and offer a variety of infertility treatment options. From drug therapy to artificial insemination to IVF treatments, it's safe to say that modern medicine has nailed fertility down to a science – literally.
For a couple struggling to conceive, fertility centers offer hope that is often lost due to frustration, helplessness, and feelings of inadequacy. And while seeking professional medical help from a fertility center is always recommended, couples aren't as helpless as they may think. There are several factors that can have both positive and negative effects on one's fertility. Often times, these factors get overlooked and many people assume they are simply infertile.
Here are three factors that can have a negative impact on your fertility.
With high amounts of saturated fats, sodium, refined sugars, and highly processed food-like products, the standard American diet (SAD) is not one that is conducive to fertility, both for men and women alike. Consuming a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods, limited amounts of saturated fats, and low sodium can naturally boost one's fertility. Be sure to eat lean proteins, whole grains, healthy fats, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to maintain fertility. In addition, supplementing nutritional needs with an oral vitamin is also beneficial.
- Exercise...or lack of
While it's true that women are most fertile between the ages of 20 and 24, regular exercise can help both men and women maintain and increase their fertility. Exercise offers a number of benefits both directly and indirectly related to fertility, such as weight management, increased circulation, stress reduction, hormone management, and more. Carrying too much or too little body fat can impair fertility; however, a healthy, active lifestyle can do wonders in terms of fertility.
- Reproductive health
Regular testing for sexually transmitted disease is critical, especially if one eventually wants to conceive. Oftentimes, prior, untreated cases of sexually transmitted disease can prevent couples from conceiving, or make it extremely difficult to do so. Making your reproductive and sexual health a priority now ensures that your chances of conceiving in the future are good. Knowing the status of both yourself and your partner is critical, not only for reproductive health but one's overall health in general.
If you are struggling to conceive, perhaps a lifestyle change is in order. For more information on practices that can boost your fertility, contact us today.