Fertility issues are not easy to deal with. They can prove to be challenging within a relationship or mess around with your mental health. What is meant to be a joyful endeavor suddenly turns into a chore that breaks your heart every time the test comes back negative.
Assisted Reproductive Therapy (ART) is expensive and not always within reach. Even if you are going through for ART, adding naturopathy as a complementary therapy can help boost your chances of getting pregnant. Thankfully, there are a few natural ways to boost fertility to help you get pregnant.
Why Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine looks at your body and mind holistically to address issues and bring it back to its natural balance. Read this article to learn about the various benefits it offers. Apart from proven physical and mental benefits, the care you receive from your naturopathic doctor can help put you on the path to healing. In fact, a study found that many women turned to complementary therapies like naturopathy and acupuncture to address fertility issues for a variety of reasons including:
- To maximize their chances of getting pregnant.
- To maintain their health and wellbeing to counter side effects of ART.
- To try other treatments after being unsuccessful with ART.
- To have a more personalized experience in treating infertility issues when compared to ART.
It’s not just women, naturopathic medicine can help men struggling with fertility issues too. In fact, if you’re a couple, your naturopathic doctor may recommend you go through the process together to treat your issues holistically.
Read on to learn how to use natural ways to boost fertility and get pregnant.
- Address Your Diet
The foods we eat play a huge role in how our bodies function. Zinc and folate are antioxidants that can help protect sperm and eggs. Eating foods rich in these antioxidants can help improve your chances of getting pregnant. A study on men found that simply adding 75 gm of walnuts to their daily diet improved sperm vitality, motility, and morphology.
If you suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), eating a larger breakfast and smaller dinner can help ovulation. A study found that women with PCOS who ate most of their calories in the morning had lowered their testosterone levels by 50 percent and insulin levels by 8 percent and demonstrated improved ovulation.
Keeping an eye on refined carb intake is also a good idea to keep insulin levels in check. A diet higher in unsaturated fats and low in trans fats can help reduce the effects of PCOS in women and infertility in men.
Eating fish like mackerel, salmon and cod that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids or eggs and nuts can encourage egg production.
- Manage Your Weight
How much weight you carry, or don’t carry, can have a significant impact on fertility. Both obese and underweight women can suffer from poor ovulation and irregular periods as your weight can affect estrogen levels. A 2017 review of studies concerning the effects of weight loss on fertility in men and women found that a combination of diet and exercise improved reproductive outcomes for both.
The right exercises can help your body and your mind. Endorphins released during exercise play a huge role in combating stress while the exercise itself can help you increase or decrease your weight as needed.
Your naturopathic doctor may recommend a particular course of exercise to follow depending on your needs, interests and genetics. Don’t worry, you won’t be asked to join a fitness boot camp – moderation is key in bringing your body back to its normal function.
- Don’t Ignore Your Multi-Vitamins
The right multivitamins can boost your chances of getting pregnant. Multivitamin tablets help increase the levels of antioxidants in your body and increase micronutrient levels to improve fertility and can result in a shorter time to pregnancy. Your naturopathic doctor will recommend the right multivitamin supplements for your individual needs.
The My Healthy Fertility Program with Dr. Ibby Omole
Dr. Ibby Omole’s My Healthy Fertility Program addresses your troubles conceiving holistically. It includes gene-based and hormonal lab testing to get to the crux of your issues and works towards a healthy pregnancy using supplementation, dietary recommendations and a personalized exercise plan. It corrects hormonal imbalances, addresses conditions like PCOS and endometriosis, and improves sperm quality and motility.
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