Answer from: Wael Saab, MRCOG, Bsc
When we mentioned fertility treatment it’s not always about fertility treatment going to a clinic and having fertility treatments, taking drugs and medications. There are lots of parameters, lots of lifestyle issues that both men and women can follow to boost their fertility naturally.
I’ll start by giving my advice to ladies before shifting to give my advice to men. For ladies, always ladies when it comes to trying for a child there is some basic advice to stop alcohol intake, stop smoking and limit caffeine intake to the bare minimum. Although they sound like basic advice, this has been shown by lots of studies to affect the quality of the sperm and if followed to improve the odds of natural conception. Other parameters as well is to lead a healthy lifestyle by healthy lifestyle I start by mentioning having a well-balanced diet with five a day of fruits and veggies, make sure that you are keeping to the right BMI or to keep as healthy BMI as possible, make sure to indulge yourself in at least three sessions of exercise per week and make sure to specifically in countries that where it’s not that sunny like the United Kingdom specifically during the months of winter, we advise ladies to start taking some vitamin D supplements.There are lots of other supplements that you can get hold over the counter, they don’t require a prescription, you will hear of like something called coenzyme Q10, Myo-inositol – you can discuss those with your doctor during the appointment but lots of supplements that are present over the counter might help in boosting fertility as well. Another thing that we keep on forgetting is avoiding stress and having a decent amount of sleep or having a good sleeping pattern of having seven to eight hours per day of uninterrupted sleep. All of these factors will affect fertility treatment or even trying naturally positively.
When it comes to men, the same thing we advise women is the same when it comes to alcohol, when it comes to caffeine, when it comes to smoking, keeping a good BMI, and exercise. In men, there is additional advice for example anything that increases testicular temperature has been shown to lower fertility. So, we advise men for instance to avoid wearing tight underwear, to avoid saunas, jacuzzis ,cycling for long or any activity that might increase testicular temperature. We also advise men to make sure that their diet includes high levels of antioxidants like vitamin C and some elements like selenium and zinc and most of what I’m mentioning right now, there are supplements that you can take over the counter without a prescription. I also failed to mention obviously that ladies coming as starting fertility treatment or even trying naturally they want to make sure that they are taking the required dose of folic acid which is mainly present in any of the multivitamin formulas for pregnancy that is present over the counter.
Answer from: James Nicopoullos, MD
If you’re trying to get pregnant naturally, the key is really making sure that everything that needs to be done is happening: are the tubes open, so get those checked; if you’re trying to get pregnant naturally with a partner: is your partner sperm count okay, are you ovulating and ready to confirm that are your cycles regular and check your progesterone levels a week after you think you’re ovulating – if all of those things are happening, you’re kind of optimizing your chances and then when you are ovulating, then the most fertile time is probably just before ovulation, just making sure you are having timed intercourse at the right times of the cycle and thereafter, it goes back to make sure, you’re not doing anything you shouldn’t in terms of any other social factors.
What are natural ways of increasing fertility and how successful they can be?
Most experts agree that the best you can do for your fertility is to have a healthy lifestyle. If there are no conditions that need medical intervention, best is to reach for help from the fertility advisor, dietician and adapt healthy tips according to your needs.