4 Ways for Women to Improve Fertility

4 Ways for Women to Improve Fertility

There are few things more painful than questioning your fertility when all you want to do is have a baby. You know your body is built to bear children, and you’re doing everything else right – you’re eating a healthy diet, tracking your ovulation, and having sex in the right positions. When you’re trying and still not getting pregnant, you may wonder what you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Fertility is a complicated thing, and when a woman has difficulty getting pregnant there is sometimes no easy way to tell why. However, there are some things you can do to improve your fertility. Before we talk about them, let’s take a look at fertility in general.

Understanding Female Fertility

When the female reproductive systems works as it should, conception is still a tricky thing. Some women get pregnant the first time they have sex, while others may struggle for years to conceive, and still not get pregnant.

In a healthy woman, the ovaries produce eggs. Once a month, an egg is released into the Fallopian tubes, where it is ready for fertilization. Between ovulation and menstruation, a lining builds up in the uterus that will serve to protect and nourish the fertilized egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the body sheds the uterine lining during menstruation.

Female infertility can be caused by a number of things. Here are just a few examples:

  • Ovulation disorders. There are a number of different things that may impair a woman’s ability to ovulate:
    • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
    • Hypothalamic dysfunction
    • Premature ovarian insufficiency
    • Too much prolactin (prolactin is an estrogen inhibitor)
  • Tubal infertility. Sometimes the ovaries are working fine, but there is a problem with the function of the Fallopian tubes. Examples include:
    • Pelvic inflammatory disease, due to an STD such as gonorrhea or chlamydia
    • Previous injury or surgery to the pelvis
    • Pelvic tuberculosis
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine or cervical causes
    • Benign tumors or polyps in the uterus
    • Endometriosis scarring
    • Deformation of the uterus
    • Cervical stenosis
    • Mucus abnormalities (the body needs the right kind of mucus for the sperm to travel through the cervix)
  • Unexplained infertility

In order to determine the root cause of your difficulties conceiving, you will need to see a doctor. However, for many women there are some simple things you can do to help improve the chances that you will conceive.

Ways to Improve Fertility

The good news is that there are some very simple and inexpensive things you can do to help improve your fertility and increase the chances that you will conceive a baby. We’ll start with four herbal remedies, and then talk about some general lifestyle changes that may help as well.

  1. Drink stinging nettle tea. Stinging nettle is a traditional herbal remedy that’s been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. It increases the chances you will get pregnant and also helps reduce the chances of miscarriage. You can find stinging nettle in natural food stores and online. To make the tea, simply pour hot water over the dried leaves (or put the leaves in a tea infuser) and let it steep for 5-10 minutes before drinking.
  2. Drink raspberry leaf tea. This is another time-honored herbal remedy. You can make tea using fresh or dried raspberry leaves. You can also find some herbal teas that contain raspberry leaves.
  3. Take a red clover supplement. Red clover is high in magnesium and calcium, both of which are important for fertility. It also helps to boost the function of your endocrine system. You can find red clover as a supplement in natural food stores and specialty stores.
  4. Take ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is an Asian herb that boosts endocrine function and improves fertility. You can find Ashwagandha in specialty stores or online – it is available as a capsule, powder or liquid.

In addition to the herbal remedies listed above, there are some simple lifestyle changes you can make that will also help increase the chances of your getting pregnant:

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Lose weight if you are overweight. Women who are overweight or obese can take twice as long – or longer – as women who are at a healthy weight.
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Cut back on caffeine. There are some studies that suggest that women who consume a high volume of caffeine have difficulty conceiving. This doesn’t mean you need to cut it out entirely, but cutting back can make a difference.
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Reduce alcohol consumption. The same thing goes for alcohol as for caffeine. It’s fine to have it in moderation, but one study showed that women who had an average of 2 drinks per day were 60% less likely to conceive than women who drank less. In general, it is a good to be cautious about alcohol when you are trying to get pregnant, because of the risk of your baby getting Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
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Quit smoking. Smoking can actually damage your uterus and impair its function. If you smoke, try quit to improve your chances of getting pregnant.
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Make sure to get enough sleep. Not being well rested can impact the chances that you will get pregnant, so even if you’re stressed out about conceiving try to get a good night’s sleep.
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Reduce stress. Many women who are eager to conceive get extremely anxious and stressed about the entire process. Stress can actually make it less likely you will conceive, so do what you can to relax. Get some exercise, do something creative, or think about adding meditation to your daily routine. There is a direct correlation between brain function and meditation, so try to find a way to decompress.

When you’re trying to get pregnant and not having any success, it can be easy to get frustrated. It is important to remember that you do have some control over the situation – you can control how you treat your body, including what you eat and how you handle stress. When you improve your overall health, you also increase the chances that you will get pregnant.

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