Many couples look for ways to improve fertility without turning to expensive treatments. The good news is that you can improve your health, and your fertility, with a few simple steps. Consider these 5 simple ways to improve your fertility, and as a bonus, start taking better care of your overall health.
Avoid Cigarette Smoke
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) reports that men and women who smoke have more fertility problems than non-smokers. Smoking can cause egg damage in women and low sperm counts in men. Secondhand smoke also increases the risk for infertility.
Review Your Medications
A variety of medications can cause infertility or reduce chances for conception. In many cases, fertility rebounds when medication use ends. When trying to get pregnant, discuss all your medications, including over-the-counter and herbal remedies, with your physician.
Work Toward a Healthy Weight
The American Dietetic Association (ADA) warns that weighing too much or too little can compromise fertility. Underweight women may have difficulty producing estrogen, while overweight women may produce too much.
Let the Sunshine In
A report from the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) finds that sunshine can boost fertility in men. The study says Vitamin D deficiency can lead to fertility problems. Of course, fear of skin damage and cancer can lead men to limit their sun exposure. The FSA report recommends spending just 10 to 15 minutes outdoors each day to boost Vitamin D levels.
Catch up on Sleep
Good sleep habits can improve health in many ways. The ASRM reports that sleep-deprived people have low levels of the hormone leptin. Many infertile women also have low levels of leptin. A study at Harvard University found that leptin injections improved menstruation and ovulation. Studies on whether getting more sleep will do the same are in progress. In any case, 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night will boost general good health, which is always a plus when trying to get pregnant.