If you are struggling with fertility, it's best to visit a fertility expert at a center for reproductive medicine to help determine the cause and the best course of action. However, there are many ways one can work to improve their rate of fertility.
Here are five ways to boost your fertility:
Time it Out
Did you know that a couple between the ages of 29 and 33 with a regular functioning reproductive system only has up to a 25% chance of conceiving within a given month? That being said, you only have a small window of fertility each month and timing is everything. Keep track of your menstrual cycles and note when you're ovulating. The best time to try and conceive is during a six-day window, with the last day being on ovulation. Having intercourse within this window will greatly increase your chances.
According to William Gibbons, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Baylor College of Medicine, a healthy body weight can drastically improve a woman's chance of conceiving. A recent study showed that a high body mass index (BMI) can lead to a two-fold increase in the time it takes to get pregnant.
Protect the Sperm
One-third of all infertility cases is typically attributed to male fertility issues, namely issues with sperm virility and sperm count. To help protect sperm, experts recommend that men wear looser underwear, choosing boxers over briefs. Additionally, men should avoid excessive use of hot tubs or other areas that might overheat sperm, causing them to weaken or die.
Consult Your Fertility Clinic
Sometimes, it's impossible to treat fertility problems if you don't know the cause. Visit your local fertility clinic to get a comprehensive analysis and list of solutions that are right for you and your partner.