If you’ve decided to have a baby, it can be an exciting time in your lives. However, it can also become stressful if you are unable to conceive for many months. It is important to know that on an average, it takes a couple 4-6 months to conceive, with 85-95% getting pregnant after one year of trying. Here are few things to try before seeing a fertility expert.
If you want to increase your chances of getting pregnant, try these things before seeing your fertility expert:
- A Sperm-friendly lubricant
When choosing a lubricant, make sure you choose one that is sperm-friendly. Many lubricants may contain spermicide, which can kill sperm. Rather than getting a new bottle of lubricant, explore other, safer options available at home. Vegetable oil, for instance, is an effective option and has no effect on sperm.
- Myo-Inositol supplement in your diet
Studies have shown that those struggling with PCOS or irregular ovulation seem to benefit by taking myo-inosital. It may help regulate cycle and get you pregnant faster. It also improves insulin sensitivity and may be beneficial to patients, especially those with ovulatory infertility. Foods such as grapefruit and navy beans are a rich source of myo-inositol.
- Vitamin B6 and Zinc
Vitamins and minerals play an important role on your fertility. Vitamin B6 helps regulate the luteal phase of your cycle, the time from ovulation to menstruation. The recommended daily dose of this vitamin is 100mg. Women who are trying to conceive should also get enough zinc (at least 8mg per day), whether through diet or supplements. The reason being that many women have a zinc deficiency due to their use of birth control and by taking both B6 and zinc together, your body absorbs and utilizes both nutrients.
- Intercourse a few times a Week
Having sex a couple of times a week can help improve your chances of conceiving. The timing of intercourse doesn’t really matter all that much and it does not improve success rates. In fact, trying to time intercourse can create a lot of stress and have a negative impact on the overall health.
- Drink More Water
Getting enough water is important for fertility because it helps flush the body of toxins and aids in the production of sperm-friendly cervical mucus. Dehydration can also leave you with low-energy and it can get difficult to try when you’re tired.
- Mix up your diet
Your diet can play an important role on your fertility. Chronic dieting, low body weight/fat, insulin resistance, irregular periods, and PCOS are common problems that can decrease fertility. Talk to a nutrition expert and try eating a fertility friendly diet. They can help you determine the extent to which your diet and metabolic health influence fertility.
- Getting plenty of Sleep
When you’re trying to get pregnant, it is important to sleep for at least 7-8 hours a day. This makes a huge difference, not only for your general health, but also on your reproductive health. Getting adequate sleep and rest can increase your chances of conception and having a healthy pregnancy.
Before you try expensive treatments, make sure you try some of these fertility enhancing methods to boost your chances. To know more, talk to our experts at KIMS Cuddles.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.