Conceiving is most challenging for the aging female and male. However, it is still possible through the following ways.
Most men and women who are in middle-age are having frustrations with childbearing due to the decreasing amount and quality of egg and sperm cells. As a person gets older, the chance of conception becomes smaller.
Women who are 30 to 34 years old have only a 63% chance to get pregnant while those who are 35 to 39 years old have 52%. On the other hand, men's fertility decreases when they are around 40 to 45 years old.
However, doctors and researchers are continuously conducting studies to find ways for aging males and females to boost their fertility despite their ages. New techniques and methods are now available to make childbearing possible.
Yoga helps in reducing stress and anxiety and strengthening muscles.
Yoga is a natural way that improves the fertility of women and men. It is a practice that originated from India consisting of movement, meditation, and breathing techniques. Some of its notable benefits are reduction of stress and anxiety, and strengthening muscles.
Researches also found that yoga helps in the fertility of women by stimulating the ovaries and uterus, balancing hormone levels, and stimulating the endocrine system. Aging women should enroll in a yoga program to make it easy to conceive.
Aside from aging women, yoga can also boost the fertility of aging men. In research conducted by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), it is revealed that yoga improves the quality of the sperms that leads to an increase in their motility.
Different yoga poses also boost fertility among men and women. Some of them are Surya namaskar- a pose that manages menstrual cramps and improves reproductive functions; balasana- a pose that relieves stress and increases blood flow; and sethubandhasana- a pose that increases mobility and sperm count.
Stress Relaxation Techniques
Meditation is one of the stress relaxation techniques that help boost fertility.
The stress caused by infertility makes it more difficult for aged people to conceive. The failure of childbearing may lead to depression. Also, studies show that women who are experiencing stress have sex less often than those who don't. Some are more likely to take engage in alcohol and substance abuse.
Stress relaxation techniques help in fighting anxiety by putting the body in deep rest. Stress signals the body to release more adrenaline increasing blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rates. However, if the body is in deep rest, the blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rates decrease. It calms the body throughout the day.
Some of the stress relaxation techniques are progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, meditation, and imagery. Those who are experiencing infertility usually hate their bodies so they stop taking care of themselves. But these techniques emphasize the importance of keeping the mind and body healthy.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that helps infertile couples to conceive.
Acupuncture is a known traditional Chinese medicine that is done by inserting small needles to specific points in the body to stimulate blood flow. Since 3 AD, this method helps infertile couples to conceive. Research revealed that the procedure increases the success rate by 50% of pregnancy in conjunction with fertility treatments.
The benefits of acupuncture are relieving stress, regulating blood flow in the reproductive organs, and balancing hormones. The method helps in readjusting the energy flow and removing the blockages in the body. For women, it improves the blood flow in the uterus that increases the chance for embryo implantation. It also boosts the chemicals that inhibit the stress hormone.
Studies also proved how acupuncture improves the quality of the sperm. After treatment with infertile men, it was observed that sperms with abnormal structures decreased and the number of sperms increased. The motility of the sperm also improved.
Diet and Nutrition
Proper diet and nutrition improve the reproductive health of men and women.
Proper diet and nutrition help in improving the reproductive health of both men and women. Some foods increase libido and optimize the diet for fertility. Some Harvard researchers studied the Fertility Diet pattern in 2007 and found out that 66% had a lower risk of ovulatory infertility.
Women who tried the fertility diet pattern chose less trans fat and monounsaturated fat. Part of their diet is vegetable protein, high-fiber, low-glycemic carbohydrate-rich foods, vegetable sources of iron, and high-fat dairy. This kind of diet leads to a healthy weight and enough nutritional needs.
A fertility diet is not only limited to women but also helps men. Some of the foods that must be eaten by men while trying to conceive are oysters, oranges, leafy vegetables, dark chocolate, salmon, and sardines. These foods improve sperm count, sperm motility, and testosterone.
Medicinal herbs have different functions in boosting fertility.
While trying to conceive, it is important to take some herbal supplements so that your body would have the nutrients it needs. Herbal supplements are plant-derived products that can improve the functions of the body.
The commonly used herbal supplements for fertility are chaste berry, red clover, red raspberry leaf, black cohosh, and Siberian ginseng. They are found effective in normalizing the hormones such as progesterone, improving circulatory functions, strengthening the uterine lining, managing painful periods, fighting fatigue.
To boost libido and testosterone, aging men are advised to take puncture vine, fenugreek, maca root, and ashwagandha. These are some medicinal herbs that boost testosterone levels, and at the same time, increase sexual desire.
Aging couples do not need to lose hope regarding their desire to have a baby. With the help of doctors and professionals, childbearing becomes more and more possible. The only thing that needs to be done is to follow the methods mentioned to achieve the long-awaited pregnancy.
Dr. Yaron Seidman DAOM