Healthy Lifestyle Improves Fertility

Couples who are unable to conceive easily sometimes think that they have fertility problems and may require fertility drugs or treatments.

However, before you seek professional help, consider first your over-all health and lifestyle. Leading a healthy lifestyle can increase your chances of conceiving and creates a healthy environment for your would-be baby.

Body weight

For women, being overweight or underweight affects your chances at a normal ovulation. Studies revealed that women who have 17-21% of their body weight as fat creates the ideal condition for ovulation. Having more or less body fat affects your menstrual cycle and make conception difficult.

Underweight women should consider putting on some weight if they have intermittent periods. Being underweight may also be a sign that you may have difficulty producing the extra amount of energy needed for pregnancy.

Overweight women with menstrual cycle and ovulation problems may want to consider losing weight. In a study done in Australia, it was found that when a group of obese women lost about 20 pounds, they began to spontaneously ovulate again.

Exercise

Lack of exercise is linked to a number of health problems and diseases such as heart problems, obesity, aging and muscle degeneration.

Regular exercise is important in maintaining a healthy body. It burns excess fat, builds muscle which strengthens immunity, and normalizes hormone levels.

Too much exercise however, may result in irregular periods or even amenorrhea (not having periods), irregular ovulation and luteal phase deficiencies.

Do low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, yoga and meditation, to help keep you fit. Some yoga positions have been found to be beneficial in improving the fertility health of both men and women.

Healthy diet

A balanced and nutritious diet has many benefits. It helps you maintain an ideal body weight and keeps you healthy over-all. A healthy, balanced diet also helps normalize hormone levels and improves the health of the reproductive system.

On your next grocery shopping trip, make sure you have plenty of foods rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and E, and minerals.

Vitamin C and E have significant effects on both male and female fertility. High intake of both vitamins increase sperm count and sperm motility. In women, vitamins C and E reduce stress on the eggs and the reproductive organs.

Foods rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and selenium may help improve sperm motility.

Some studies show that it wise to avoid sea foods when trying to get pregnant. The high mercury content may be responsible for reduced fertility and abnormal sperm.

Processed flours and sugars which include bread, pasta, candy, and sugary juices may cause hormonal imbalance which in turn, may cause fertility problems.

Foods with a low glycemic index and foods rich in essential fatty acids help maintain the body’s hormonal balance and improve the function of the reproductive organs.

Foods with a low glycemic index include: fruits, vegetables, beans, tofu, yogurt and chicken.

Foods rich in essential fatty acids include: fish (mackerel, salmon), walnuts, olive oil, whole grain foods, lean meats and eggs.

Make sure you choose organic foods. Inorganic foods may be sprayed with herbicides and pesticides that have been found to have serious effects on fertility. An example of these is xenoestrogens, a type of estrogen found in pesticides and environmental chemicals. Xenoestrogens may cause hormonal imbalance in women which may result in infertility.