Conceiving is nature's way of bringing new life into this world, and the joy of having a child is priceless. Most childless couples would do anything and everything to get this free blessing. It would give them a reason to wake up in the morning and nurture their little bundle of joy. With them, they would choose pregnancy now than later. But for a couple to conceive, the man and woman must be fertile. Different factors can influence fertility. These include a person's diet, the timing of sex, lubricants and more. Fertility experts have also ruled on other ways to boost fertility. Following these ways, the couple can have their wish come true for that stork's visit. Some couples have to deal with fertility issues. They usually resort to natural ways to increase fertility to get pregnant. To help you out, here are some tips on how to boost fertility:

Maintain a healthy weight (for women)

Weight has been an overlooked factor when it comes to conception. Women who are either overweight or underweight have fewer chances of conceiving. Studies show that keeping a healthy weight can help with conception



Women who are obese or overweight have a harder time getting pregnant. So if you want to boost your fertility, make sure to keep a healthy weight. You can do this by eating healthy foods and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle.



Avoid stress (for women)

Stress does affect women who are trying to conceive. When a woman experiences a lot of stress, the body releases more than the usual levels of cortisol. This can cause her reproductive system to shut down temporarily.



When a woman is under stress during intercourse, it may also affect her partner. This makes intimacy more of a challenge. Hence, another fertility booster is the avoidance of stress. To counter stress, women can resort to meditation or yoga. In severe cases, you can also seek professional help to manage the stress.



Limit alcohol consumption (for women)

Too much alcohol or caffeine can be very detrimental to a woman's fertility. Studies have shown that drinking about five cups of coffee per day can lower fertility. You can still drink the beverage but within allowable limits. One or even two cups daily is still okay.



Alcohol too has its own effects on fertility, but the findings aren't consistent. For women who drink two alcoholic beverages per day, their fertility decreased. Moderation on alcohol intake should be the key. But if a woman is serious about her conception, the best way is to avoid alcohol entirely. But when a woman already gets pregnant, alcohol should be off the table. Consumption during pregnancy can increase the risk of serious child defects.



Exercise regularly (for men)

Fertility rules apply to men as well. Men should exercise regularly. At least five times a week at 45 minutes each session. They should also maintain a healthy diet to enhance fertility. This should keep their body weight at normal levels and will relieve stress and anxiety.



Excessive exercises like marathons are not advisable though. This is because they will have adverse effects on fertility. The man might start having a very low sperm count. Get some advice from your physical trainer if you are not sure on what kinds of exercise would suit you best. These people are pros. They would know which exercise programs would be best for your weight and fitness levels.



Lessen exposure to chemicals (for men)

Basing on sperm count as well as sperm quality, the semen of men today have about 50% less than men from fifty years ago. Moreover, today's sperm has a poorer quality. This may be because of exposure to xenoestrogens. They are present in DDT, PCBs, dioxin, plastics, pesticides, and some industrial pollutants. All these were not with us fifty years ago. Xenoestrogens are chemicals that mimic estrogen. They have an impact on the body's hormone balance.



To minimize the effects of this chemical, you can do some steps. Avoid using plastic containers when storing food. Stay away from chlorine bleach, chlorinated tap water, and other chlorinated products. As a substitute, you can use hydrogen peroxide. Don't use artificial deodorants and cosmetics. There are organic products that can be good substitutes. When eating, stay away from animal products that have high-fat contents. Also, avoid barbequed, charcoal-broiled or fried foods. These are just some ways you can lessen your exposure to chemicals and boost your fertility.

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Protect the sperm (for men)

Even men's underwear has been a subject of arguments about fertility. Earlier on, people believed that boxers were better than briefs. They keep the genitals' temperatures down, and such may boost fertility. But more recent studies have shown that this is nothing more than an old wives' tale. Boxers or briefs will make no major difference about fertility.



Also, temperature control doesn't really play a big role in enhancing fertility. But some researchers do recommend staying away from certain heat sources. Sitting in a bath or hot tub is not advised even with men who have no fertility problems. Even laptop users nowadays may be unknowingly exposed to the perils of infertility. Studies show that scrotum temperatures increased in people who used their laptops on their laps. Long-term exposure to high temperatures might harm your sperm cells, therefore affect fertility.



Choose the right lubricant (for men and women)

Couples who engage in frequent intercourse will more likely use vaginal lubricants. There is nothing wrong with this. But if they want to boost fertility, avoid products with spermicidal agents.



It may come as a surprise, but you can find good lubricants even in your home pantry. But of course, not all pantry items are suitable. When planning to conceive, avoid buying lubricants that are water-based. These lubricants will inhibit sperm motility, which again, affects fertility.



Have sex frequently (for men and women)

Delaying lovemaking to boost the chances of pregnancy by saving sperm is a fallacy. After about a week in "storage," the sperm count may go up, but their motility decreases. So this action will actually affect sperm count adversely.



So have your intercourse at intervals as short as two days. Such time will not harm sperm density. The fact is, those who engage in frequent sex have high pregnancy rates. Once every other day is ideal. A few couples though, may not be able to handle the stress of frequency.



Take advantage of the "fertile window" (for men and women)

The rhythm method is the most common gauge when planning for pregnancy. According to doctors, the best time to have intercourse is during the "fertile window." This refers to the time when a woman is most likely to conceive, and that is within three days of ovulation.



To determine this window, couples need to monitor the woman's ovulation. You can do this in two ways. You can use the calendar method where you figure out when ovulation will occur. Or you can use an ovulation predictor kit which is widely sold online or at your local drugstore.



Quit smoking (for men and women)

Kick out smoking as the habit impairs both men's and women's fertility. Smoking in women can affect the receptiveness of the uterus to the egg. In men, smoking might reduce the production of sperm cells and may also damage DNA.



It is highly suggested, especially in women, that they should quit smoking. Not just during pregnancy but also even before.



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