You find yourself wanting to have a child and grow a family. That’s great! However, there is a problem. You can’t! This then makes you stressed out, looking for answers and possibly even considering throwing in the towel. Well, if that’s you, you are not alone! Don’t give up! We have compiled for you the best natural fertility boosters that you can find into one source. Keep marching on and never look back!
1. Herbal & Natural Fertility Boosters
Natural herbs are known to help stimulate different areas of the body and act as assistants to reach a certain health goal. Just like in the teachings of traditional Chinese medicine, there is a herbal recipe for every health purpose you can think of! Having said that, yes indeed! There are certain herbs that help you reach fertility.
- Rehmannia (root): Helps reduce the complications behind Endometriosis. Curbs mid-cycle and excessive bleeding. Reduces inflammation & uterine spasms.
- Chinese Peony: Promotes hormonal balance, blood circulation in pelvic area, and balances estrogen overall. It is also known to reduce pain associated with menstruation.
- Asiatic Dogwood: Reduces muscular pain and bleeding associated with Endometriosis.
- Chinese Yam: Reduces ovarian pain and helps reduce the probabilities of miscarriage. Promotes a healthy menstrual cycle.
- Epimedium (a.k.a Horny Goat Weed): Increases sexual desire and performance. Increases circulation to the extremities.
2. Fatty Acids
Stay away from the high fatty foods is what you’ve always heard. Our entire society forces us to think of calorie intake and what to eat and what not to eat. However, believe it or not, fats are essential for hormonal balance! Without sufficient fats in our system, our bodies simply cannot produce the essential hormones critical to conceiving a child.
Of course, there are healthy fats you should consider over others. Essential fats that help fertility include Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Omega 3 and 6 are essential to the body since our bodies can’t produce them on their own. Omega 9, however, is naturally produced in our systems. However, there are cases where we would need to balance our intake of Omega 9. Thus, we recommend to ingest all three in your regular diet for higher fertility.
Omega 3 fatty acids help regulate hormonal balance which is why they are crucial to a fertility diet. They increase cervical mucous and promote ovulation.
Omega 3 fats contain 2 critical acids: DHA and EPA. It is important to consume plenty of omega 3 fats since DHA is directly correlated to fertility and pregnancy. Low levels of DHA have been known to cause depression and other mental issues. A lack of DHA is also associated with premature birth and low birth weight and hyperactivity in children.
Foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids include: fish oil, flax seeds, egg yolks, salmon, sardines, hemp seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, cod liver oil and tuna to name a few.
Omega 6 fatty acids are important for fertility since they improve reproductive cell structure. A regular intake of omega 6 fats reduces inflammation and promotes healthy organs in the body. Foods high in Omega 6 fats include: grapeseed oil, pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds, borage oil, hempseed oil, and primrose oil.
As mentioned above, our bodies naturally make omega 9 fats. Therefore their intake is not as critical as it is for Omega 3 and 6. However, it is always best to consume foods high in omega 9. Foods that contain high levels of Omega 9 fats include: Extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, almonds, peanuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, olives, avocados and pecans.
3. Understand Ovulation Cycles
There are many women who are trying to get pregnant but lack the understanding of how their reproductive system works. Many women believe they can fall pregnant on any day of the month. However, this is very untrue. You are more likely to fall pregnant during ovulation, which tends to be on the 14th day after menstruation begins.
Understanding your cycle is a crucial step towards attaining your end result being pregnancy. The recommendation is to become sexually active once your menstruation ends and have sex every other day until you reach your 14th day. Reason being because sperm can live up to 5 days in the female body before reaching an egg to fertilize. Your last 2 weeks before your next cycle is when you are infertile. Ovulation only lasts around 24 hours, which is why understanding your cycle is critical to time it all accordingly.
4. Limit Caffeine
If you are a coffee lover, then we are sorry to give you the bad news. As little as a cup of coffee a day can decrease your chances of fertility as much as 50%. Try fighting the temptation of drinking coffee by thinking positively. Take it a month at a time. Try not drinking coffee for a month to simply be able to have a regular ovulation cycle without caffeine getting in the way. Who knows, it may be your consistent coffee-drinking that is causing you to not be able to conceive. Think of it as just quitting coffee until you get pregnant. However, once pregnant, your coffee intake should also be minimal.
5. No Smoking nor Alcohol
This one should be fairly obvious. Yes, things like beer and cigarettes can definitely work as anti-fertility boosters! Just like caffeine, they alter your system. For the most part, they alter your nervous system by making you hyper or numbing you down like alcohol does. This in turn throws off your cycle and your potential for fertility. Once you have made the decision that you want to have a child, you should have also abandoned the idea of continued drinking and smoking. You can always go back to it after giving birth!
6. Cut down on Painkillers
Yet another thing you can ingest that will throw off our cycle is painkillers. Especially if taken near the time you are supposed to be ovulating. There is a hormone called prostaglandins, which serves the role of releasing an egg into the Fallopian tubes. By taking painkillers such as Ibuprofen, you can interfere with conception. Instead, try taking a herbal tea or an all natural stress supplement.
7. Have Sex Regularly
As obvious as it sounds, this should be the truest of all natural fertility boosters you shouldn’t skip on. Some sources say having too much sex can be bad for your cycle. Whether this is true or not, it is without a doubt optimal to have sex regularly to increase your chances of fertility.
The best time during the month to have sex would be the 5 days just before ovulation and the 12 to 24 hours afterwards. Since ovulation can be challenging to time, this is why we say it is optimal to not try to time it and simply have sex regularly. If you are limiting sex to only when ovulation occurs, then you are truly doing yourselves harm because you may be quitting around the time when it’s most likely to get pregnant. Just try to increase the frequency just before ovulation if you have to. Ovulation occurs normally on the 14th day after the first day of your menstrual cycle.
This goes for both males and females. Getting in plenty of vitamins from whole foods is crucial for optimal fertility performance. Vitamins can serve as natural fertility boosters that also assist testosterone and estrogen levels. It is optimal for both sexes to be taking vitamins to be in optimal fertile health.
Vitamins help us all to create healthy sperm and eggs. In that same light, a lack of such vitamins can definitely play a negative effect on our fertility.
Some facts about Vitamins to watch out for:
- Vitamin C improves hormonal balance
- Vitamin E protects DNA in sperm & eggs
- Insufficient intake of B6 & B12 vitamins can halt ovulation or completely stop it.
- Taking multivitamins increases the chance of pregnancy.
Talk to your doctor and your partner and go over these 8 natural fertility boosters with them. Your doctor will most likely be able to add more value to these options and your partner should also familiarize themselves with them. Although there are many ways to boost fertility, having the knowledge and understanding your body is the best thing you can do. Make sure to be in tune with your body and keep trying and never give up!