Lifestyle and Fertility

In a woman's quest to become pregnant, she may turn to her physician first without stopping to explore the various lifestyle changes she might make to encourage conception. But if you stop to think about it, the way we live makes a big difference in our ability to live life to the fullest. For many, part of living life to the fullest is becoming a parent.

Good Nutrition

But if we don't follow the rules of good nutrition, for instance, our bodies may not feel able to cope with the stresses of conception and pregnancy. Of course, it's not just about nutrition: there are foods you can include in your diet to enhance your chances for conception. You can read about eating for conception in this section.

In addition to making the necessary changes in your diet, you may want to consider using herbs to increase your fertility. Here we list the various herbs that give fertility a boost and explain how they're used and when they're contraindicated. Some women feel better about using herbs than they would about taking prescription drugs like Clomid. If you like the idea of trying herbal treatments you can read up on them in this section and then discuss these options with your physician.

Vitamins are crucial to good reproductive health. You'll want to be taking certain supplements in advance of conception. Learn about the various vitamin supplements you can take to ensure conception and a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Bad Habits

Then there's the issue of bad habits that tend to keep you from becoming pregnant. You may have no idea that these habits affect your chances of conceiving and bearing a healthy child. The buff sportsman in your life may be preventing conception by exercising too much or in the wrong manner. Even wearing tight exercise pants or using a laptop can cause sperm damage.

It goes without saying that negative fertility habits like cigarette smoking and alcohol or drug abuse are contraindicated for moms-to-be, but just how bad are these habits and how much is too much of a bad thing? Making healthy lifestyle changes such as eating right and not smoking are important steps to take in their own rights, but these habits also serve to complement traditional medical treatment and may make the difference between empty arms and coming home from the hospital with a baby.

Login to comment
(6 Comments)

Post a comment

wellnesscoach5017
Hi bummer_ovaries247, BLUEBONET7, i'm new here and have just read your posts. Have you received a reply on your posts, as I'm also interested to know how i can help my good friend who is recently diagnosed with PCOS & was told that she may never be able to give birth. Any advice?
Hopeful87
(Bummer_ovaries) I have pcos too and i have the same problem!! The thing that helped me the most is loosing weight to relieve some of the inflammation thats going on. And foreplay helps a lot. I too am scared i will never have kids. Ive been with my husband for 6 years and still no luck. Try having your hormone levels checked to make sure they are normal. Im really sorry you have to go through this. I know how You feel.
bummer_ovaries247
Hi everyone, when i turned 18 i was diagnosed with PCOS. I come from a very conservative family so i can't really discuss this with them. i was put on the pill and was not sexually active. i am now 20 years old and my boyfriend and i, who have been together for 3 years are trying to get intimate on a sexual level. but every single freaking time we try. it hurts way too unbearably and we have to stop. we have tried using ky lubricant and ive tried painkillers before we start but nothing helps. is this because of the pcos and what can i do that doesn't involve surgery. im also flipping out at the possibility of never having children. i love the idea of having children with my boyfriend in a few years when ive qualified and start earning real money but im afraid it won't happen because of pcos... please can you offer me some assistance...anyone
BLUEBONET7
I have a question that does not pertain to this topic, but I have not found a section that deals with this nor any info on the web. My fiancé has roommate that is using a form of birth control that completely stops her period. Their menstrual cycles used to be synched. Now my fiancé’s menstrual cycle is coming later and later in the month, sometimes 35 day+ gap between them. The analogy I told my fiancé is it’s like two people jog all the time together than one suddenly stops, but the partner slows down waiting for the other to catch up. Has anyone ever come across any research in regards to the effect of one female completely stopping her menstrual cycle on another female and if it affects infertility?
nayab sheikh
well said