Natural Fertility Program
How can I increase my Fertility naturally?
There are many factors to consider when we talk about fertility. The desire to get pregnant and start creating a family is very emotional, particularly while there are challenges or it’s not turning out how you thought it should.
With so much information out there, and knowing where to start can be confusing, but don’t worry, you are not alone.
A couple of Fertility facts:
- Infertility is a people problem, not only a female problem. Infertility occurs in both men and women.
- Healthy erectile function and normal ejaculation does not guarantee healthy sperm or optimal sperm motility!
- The older you are, the more likely you are to experience infertility.
- Nevertheless, young men and women can also encounter infertility.
There are things in your life that you can change to help to improve your fertility naturally.
Proper preconception care is essential to improving fertility and facilitating a healthy pregnancy
The time to start improving your chances of fertility and preparing for a new baby is around 4 months before conception. Were you aware that women are born with all their eggs however, they take 120 days to mature before being released at ovulation? It is during this time that these eggs are susceptible to damage.
The role of the male is just as important as it takes approximately 116 days for the sperm to form, mature, be stored and finally ejaculated. They too are susceptible to damage over this time.
So it is always important to address the health of the woman and their partner well before conception.
Preconception care is not just for optimising your fertility so you can conceive, but also to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby, who then can grow up into a healthy individual. It is aimed at ensuring that there is an adequate supply of nutritional factors available that are essential for the health of the sperm and the ova.
Where should I start?
Optimizing both parents’ health will improve chances of Fertility
The Preconception care is recommended for both parents, 4 months prior to any intended conception. There are many things that a couple can do themselves, to support their fertility, although there may be some issues that require professional help.
Ways to Improve your fertility yourself:
- Avoiding everyday environmental hazards.
- Improve Your nutrition
- Remove alcohol
- Stop smoking
- Reduce Caffeine
- Cease drug intake
- Deal with physical or emotional stress.
- Avoiding contraceptive pills and IUDs but at the same time understanding optimal timing for conception by recognizing the fertile signs – such as the mucus show and temperature checking.
- Get screened for essential trace elements (zinc and Iron) and vitamins (folate and B12)
Can a Naturopath help with Fertility?
There are many ways to help support fertility that a Naturopath can assist with.
In Naturopathic medicine there is a broad approach to improve fertility for men and women from the ground up. Instead of trying to conquer poor fertility through treatments like IVF, naturopathic medicine looks to enhance fertility, where possible so that those IVF treatments can be avoided.
Determining what may be preventing a couple from conceiving & addressing the underlying causes can often lead to a positive outcome.
A Naturopath will look at the whole person, their history, environmental exposures, physical activity level, diet, sleep, significant stressors—and how these factors may negatively impact the ability to get pregnant.
At times fertility issues can be obvious. Hormonal imbalances such as irregular periods, luteal phase defects, impaired ovulation and polycystic ovarian syndrome, are examples. For men, obesity, metabolic syndrome, a decreased sperm production or quality of the sperm are all issues that need to be addressed.
A naturopath is trained across many different modalities and this enables them to create an Individualized, patient-centred approach, using a wide range of tools.
This includes lifestyle counselling, diet and real nutrition, herbal medicine, physical medicine, and specific nutrient supplementation. It has been recognized that a good preconception care plan that includes proper nutrition, stress management, exercise, and supplementation has been shown to enhance fertility and lead to healthier pregnancies and healthier children.
Your Quick Guide to improving your Fertility naturally
One of the most important factors for a woman in helping her fertility naturally is cleaning up the diet, taking the right prenatal supplements, acupuncture, and exercise.
Our Naturopath recommends the following:
- Change to a whole foods diet (increasing protein, healthy fats, fruits, and veggies).
- Remove all fried foods, sugar filled foods and soda drinks- including sugar free drinks.
- Increase your water consumption
- Use Supplements such as prenatals, probiotics, fish oil, and Vitamin D that helps support the body while trying to conceive, during pregnancy, and postpartum.
- Try acupuncture/massage to help with stress reduction. This is a big factor for why a woman may not be able to conceive
- Lastly, a healthy weight can be beneficial for enhancing fertility but also can help during pregnancy and labor
It’s not always all about the woman
Men are half the baby but rarely get attention here! Most of the information out there just assumes that the male fertility potential is unchanging throughout life, but in reality that is not the case.
There is a great deal that the male can do to help increase the chances of conception naturally.
The age of a Male
– Incidence of Down Syndrome is related to paternal age as well as maternal age.
– Increase in a man’s age also has an increase of sperm DNA damage that is associated with congenital abnormalities
The Weight Issue
– Proper nutrition impacts every part of the man’s make up. A bad diet will not support healthy sperm.
– This harms sexual and reproductive health throughout reproductive life in both men and women.
– Alcohol consumption can induce testicular atrophy (testicle shrinkage), reduction in sperm count, lower birth weight and reduced libido.
A range of Supplementation that could be utilized for a male are:
An important antioxidant and ‘energy nutrient’ for every cell.
Its concentration in seminal plasma rises and prohibits DNA damage.
There is a positive relationship between initial sperm movement and increased L-Carnitine.
A Zinc deficiency is associated with male hypogonadism.
But this is just a basic guide. We would recommend discussing your options with our Naturopath and seeing if an individualized treatment plan can provide you with some much needed support through menopause.