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.
Infertility is one of the major problems, faced not only by the families but by the whole society. Know the factors that may hinder pregnancy to avoid them as early as now!
An alarming study from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation published by The Lancet in 2020 revealed that there is a major drop in human fertility that may lead to a drastic decrease in the population at the end of the century.
The advancement in technology has brought the world in leaps and bounds, making lives easier. However, it is affecting most people’s lifestyle resulting in infertility. Women nowadays must know the factors that hinder their pregnancy and evaluate their everyday lifestyle.
Our health must never be compromised for the sake of convenience. By knowing these factors, you will have to decide on giving up unnecessary activities and habits that ruin your physical and mental state and affect your fertility.
Being overweight or underweight
Using a measuring tape can help you know your body fat.
Most people nowadays prefer to buy food from fast-food chains rather than prepare a healthy meal for the family. Eating these kinds of snacks may tremendously affect your weight since they are packed with condiments but lack the right nutrients for your body.
Body fat that is above the normal level can boost your estrogen that results in irregularity in your menstruation. In contrast, body fat that is below the normal level can shut down the whole reproductive process leading to infertility.
If you want to know your body fat, you can use a tape measure by recording the circumference of your neck, waist, and hips. Just add the measurement of your waist and hips then subtract the measurement of the circumference of your neck. Take note that your body fat must not be above or below 10 to 15 percent of the normal level.
Always monitor your weight if you have trouble with your body fat. You can start having a meal plan for the week, ensuring that there are enough protein, carbohydrates, and nutrients. If you don’t know how to cook, you can start exploring now until you get the right taste and the perfect recipe.
Some synthetic drugs can result to temporary infertility.
Synthetic drugs such as antidepressants, painkillers, and others may cause infertility temporarily. To protect your health, it is advisable to seek medications naturally, if possible. There are various ways you can fight depression naturally such as having the right diet and engaging in regular exercises.
Natural herbs and supplements can also cure some diseases without going through costly and painful medication. Look for professional holistic doctors who can help you battle the disease without compromising your plan to get pregnant.
If your condition requires a synthetic drug, you can ask your physician to prescribe a milder drug that won’t affect your conception. Be very honest with your situation and with your desire to be pregnant.
Alcohol and Tobacco Intake
Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol decrease the ability to conceive.
If you are serious about having a baby then you have to stop drinking alcohol. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) published how alcohol can disrupt a woman’s menstrual cycle, hormonal levels, and reproductive functions.
Some natural herbs can be alternatives to alcohol like kava, l-theanine, and valerian. They are tea leaves and medicinal herbs that offer soothing effects and serve as painkillers. If you are a heavy drinker, you can engage in activities that would set you free from alcoholism. Some of these are meditation, exercises, and new hobbies.
Like alcohol, tobacco also affects the fertility of women. If you are in a fertility program, smoking decreases your chance to get pregnant so it is time to quit. A study revealed that smoking more than six cigarettes a day will probably harm your ability to conceive. Aside from that, it also leads to serious reproductive health problems like cervical cancer.
Ginseng is one of the herbs that can help you quit smoking because of its ability to block dopamine, a feeling that causes addiction brought by nicotine. Other herbs like ginger, lobelia, and cayenne pepper are also known as natural treatments.
Moreover, you can start having lifestyle changes. Your willpower is very important to overcome addiction. Instead of doing the things that trigger you to smoke, you can engage in new activities and hobbies.
Stress affects women from conceiving.
One of the most ignored factors that can lead to infertility is mental stress. According to Mayo Clinic, researches showed that women who suffered from depression are more likely to have difficulty conceiving than those who don’t. Stress can also be caused by jobs, families, financial, sexual, and emotional troubles.
The best way to cope with stress is, to be honest with yourself. You need help and you need others to help you to overcome what you are going through. You may communicate to your loved ones or seek professional help so that you can release your emotions.
If you are afraid to communicate with someone, you can also practice relaxation techniques. Deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and meditation can calm your mind and body. It will take you from restless mode to rest mode. There are online courses you can take to learn more about the techniques.
Underlying Medical Conditions
Heavy bleeding may be a symptom of a serious reproductive health problem
Reproductive health problems like fallopian tube disease, endometriosis, and reproductive tract infections are some diseases that can cause infertility. If you are having problems conceiving for a very long time, you must go to a physician to know your medical condition.
One of the symptoms that you have a problem with your reproductive function is irregularity in menstruation. Irregular menstruation indicates that there is an ovulation problem. Start talking to a doctor if the cycle of your menstruation is too long, too short, unpredictable or none at all.
Bleeding can be normal for three to seven days but you must tell your doctor immediately if you are experiencing light and intense bleeding. Fertility problems can also be accompanied by severe menstrual cramps and unusual spotting cycles.
Never hesitate to seek help from your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms since they may grow worse if continuously ignored. There are also natural treatments that you can consider to help you with these underlying medical conditions.
Several factors must be prevented to attain pregnancy. Conceiving may be easier for others because they don’t experience the factors that are mentioned. However, if you are one of those having difficulties, quit the habits and activities that hinder you from being pregnant. Changing your lifestyle now will soon lead to a successful conception and child-bearing.
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Couples thinking of ways to increase fertility
Taking good care of your body is certainly a good way to start in optimizing your fertility especially if you are a woman. But, are there other ways you can do to increase the odds of getting pregnant?
If you are someone who is in a good perfect health and is having a regular sex without having to use any birth control or contraceptives, you can expect that things will transpire the way you imagined.
However, if you and your partner are still in doubt, you can boost the odds by knowing different ways on how to actually get the things done.
Always Monitor Ovulation
Monitoring ovulation to better increase fertility for women
The regular ovulation cycle of women is usually two weeks before the arrival of their periods. This being said, it is difficult to determine the ovulation cycle of women who have irregular cycles but the estimated time is usually around 12-16 days.
According to Dr. Mary Ellen Pavone a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist Northwestern Medicine's Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility division in Chicago, the best way to increase the odds of fertility is to know the body, which in this case, can be done by always monitoring ovulation cycle.
It is important to note, as a journal published in Nature would say, that there is a great deviation in the lengths of people who menstruate. This is also to mention the time and duration at which the ovulation changes could happen in a person’s life.
A method from Livescience would be to have home ovulation-prediction kits. This works by reducing the “guessing” to figure out when a woman will ovulate.
The kits works by testing your urine sample for what is called the luteinizing hormone--- considered to be a gonadotrophic hormone due to its role in controlling the function of ovaries in females. You can absolutely purchase it at drug stores located near you.
Watch Out for the Weight
Checking for weight using an automatic weighing scale for better fertility
One of the things you should be wary about is to watch out for your weight, especially if you are a female. If this turns out to be the case, you will raise the probability of putting a “bun in the oven if you slim down” as a blog in WebMD would describe it.
The thing is, an extra pound decreases the chances of pregnancy and you will mostly likely to have irregular menstrual cycles and the effect of it is that you will be unable to ovulate at all.
On the other side of the coin, being very thing can have some impacts to fertility as well. If this is the case, you will have irregular periods and the chances of having a preterm birth is very high. The newborn baby will also inherit a low birth weight.
Take a Prenatal Vitamin
Vitamins to boost the odds of fertility of women
Good way to boost your infertility can sometimes be there but often forsaken. As many doctors would recommend, any woman who wishes to conceive can jumpstart their journey by taking a prenatal vitamin even before becoming pregnant.
This would equate that if you would be agreeable to it, you can stay on it while you are on the stage of pregnancy.
In connection to this, a woman can also take a daily vitamin. However, a note on this, as Pavone would warn, is that the vitamin should atleast contain 400 micrograms per day of folic acid---a vitamin B that is used to make new cells for the body.
The CDC or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages women of reproductive age to consume the said dosage amount of vitamin containing the acid so that it can help prevent major problems like birth defects
Have the right Amount of Sex
Keeping in check the amount of sex to prepare the body for fertility
Having sex is quite good but as the saying goes, “everything should be in moderation” especially if you want to increase the chances of you getting pregnant.
One way of doing this is to set a good schedule for sex. You and your partner can do it every other day from a few days prior to ovulation until a few days after,” says Amelia McLennan, MD, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at UC Davis Medical Center.
Maclennan would add that having sex will not impede the chances of fertility but other studies have shown that regular activity can lead to the decline in the sperm count of a man.
If you are wondering how to do the sex, there is actually no formula for that. WebMD stated that position by which you and your partner do does not affect the odds of conceiving a baby.
Have a Break from Workouts
Having a break from workout can increase the fertility rate for women
To be physically active is something you should do to help your body prepare for your pregnancy. That is one fact and it has been reported that it helps to reduce the risk of fertility problems. However, engaging in too much of this physical workout can be too detrimental and can greatly interfere with your ovulation according to Live Science.
If you want to increase the odds of increasing your fertility, it would be best to heed the advice of doctors who have reported that there are actually great menstrual disturbances for those people who exercise heavily. Thus, a solution to be able to conceive is to take a break from the workout.
Eat Healthy Foods
Eating healthy foods boosts the chances of getting fertile
This one is pretty much self-explanatory but it bears to be underscored nonetheless.
The point is, eating a lot of healthy foods, especially if they are packed with vitamins needed for fertility, can help the body for the pregnancy stage.
Research has shown that eating variety of fruits and vegetables contain the necessary nutrients good for fertility.
Live Science suggests that aside from taking a supplement containing the integral
folic acid, a woman who wants to increase her fertility can do so by eating ‘leafy foods” such as broccoli, beans and others.
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