Before taking assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments, there are natural fertility options that you can consider. These treatments are more cost-effective and helpful to the body.
Many women nowadays struggle with infertility due to unhealthy lifestyles, stressful environments, and demanding workplaces. The inability to get pregnant causes misery to the couples resulting in family and emotional problems.
Due to the increasing studies, several assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments are now available. However, they are more costly and exhausting. The patients need to go through many processes to get pregnant.
Before choosing ART treatments, there are natural fertility options that every woman can choose from. Not only are they more affordable, but they also improve the physical, emotional, and mental wellness of every being. The promise of natural fertility treatments is not only limited to childbearing but also to become a better person.
Yoga lowers stress hormone known as cortisol.
Yoga is a spiritual practice from India that comprises postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. There are fertility postures that help women to lower the release of a stress hormone known as cortisol. This hormone results in hormonal imbalance affecting ovulation, fertilization, and implantation.
Other benefits of yoga are losing weight, increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs, teaching calmness and strength that leads to greater positivity, increasing sex drive, and decreasing the side effects of fertility drugs by lowering cortisol.
Some of the yoga poses that help in improving fertility are Uttana Shishosana (extended puppy pose), Viparita Karani (legs up the wall), Supta Baddha Konasana (reclining bound angle pose), and Sufi Rolls.
Stress Relaxation Techniques
Tai Chi is one of the stress relaxation techniques that boosts fertility.
Stress is one of the factors that result in infertility. When a person experiences stress often, more cortisol is released into the body, causing hormonal imbalance. Many stress relaxation techniques can help the body to lower the stress hormone.
The Mayo Clinic listed several relaxation techniques that can de-stress the body. Some of these are pathogenic relaxation, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, deep breathing, massage, meditation, tai chi, biofeedback, music and art therapy, aromatherapy, and hydrotherapy.
Practicing stress relaxation techniques help in slowing the heart rate, lowering the blood pressure, and improving digestion. Moreover, they also maintain normal blood sugar levels, reduce stress hormones, and improve concentration and mood.
Acupuncture improves the egg production.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that promotes balance by unblocking energy and increasing blood flow. The one who performs acupuncture inserts hair-thin needles to specific points in the body. Most people reported that they experienced minimal pain.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, acupuncture relieves pain by helping the body to release endorphins- a chemical in the body that naturally alleviates pain. It also stimulates the part of the brain that produces serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood.
Furthermore, the production of endorphins results in menstrual regulation. Acupuncture also improves egg production by stimulating the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. For men, it improves sperm quality and sperm count.
Swimming is one of the exercises recommended during ovulation.
A study revealed that women who are obese have more difficulty conceiving one year after they stopped the use of contraception than those of average weight. Leptin, a hormone that is produced in fatty tissue, is higher in women who are overweight. This results in hormonal imbalance, which reduces fertility.
Furthermore, excess weight also affects the quality of the eggs. It reduces the chance of pregnancy within 12 months. Obesity also causes problems to men's fertility, such as hormonal problems, sexual dysfunction, low testosterone levels, and erectile problems.
Some of the moderate exercises that can boost fertility are walking, dancing, bicycling, pilates, and swimming. Walking helps the cardiovascular system while dancing improves blood flow. Bicycling for 30 minutes is also a great workout. Pilates, on the other hand, is a relaxing exercise that enhances fertility.
However, over exercising may also harm your fertility. It must be done with moderation. When you are in ovulation, some of the recommended exercises are walking, swimming, yoga, and qui gong.
Diet and Nutrition
Soda lowers the fertility for both men and women
Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School found out that vitamins and nutrients like folic acid, vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, and healthy diets such as the Mediterranean diet positively affect women who are trying to conceive naturally.
Trans fat and diets rich in red and processed meats, potatoes, sweets, and sweetened beverages have adverse effects. Consuming sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas and energy drinks results to lower fertility for men and women. Also, women who consume high amounts of fast food take a longer time to get pregnant.
Protein from plant-based sources such as beans and lentils are excellent sources of folic acid. Berries such as raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries have anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Eating an ample amount of avocados helps in assisting the body to process nutrients from other foods and also regulates blood pressure.
Other foods that you can add to your diet are quinoa, Greek yogurts and cheeses, salmon, asparagus, walnuts, and egg yolks.
Herbal medicines help in boosting fertility.
There are tons of herbal supplements available now to help boost fertility. However, it is advisable to consult an acupuncturist, naturopath, or medicine doctor to know the herbs that are ideal for you.
One of the popular herbs that boost fertility is the red raspberry leaf. It is rich in iron, calcium, and B vitamins. The leaf regulates menstrual cycles, makes ovulation easier to predict, and strengthens the uterine wall. Aside from this, alfalfa is a herb high in vitamin C, E, and K. It boosts minerals that lead to a healthier reproductive system.
Other herbal medicines that are helpful to the fertility are chaste tree berry, maca, cinnamon, and tribulus terrestris.
Dr. Yaron Seidman DAOM