How To Get Pregnant Naturally
by Dr. Barbara Rush
Did you know that 1 in 6 couples in the US could deal with an issue with infertility? That’s right. And if that isn’t enough, 25% of infertile couples have more than one contributing factor to their infertility. This can seem very daunting if you are trying to get pregnant and/or having a problem achieving that goal.
But there is help for those struggling to get pregnant. It actually starts during the preconception period, which is 4 months before actually conceiving. And this is not just about the woman. It is important to evaluate the health of the man also.
There are many things to consider when trying to ensure you have the right recipe to achieving your goal of adding to your family. It involves improving the health of both the mother and the father by testing, tracking and maintaining optimal general and reproductive health along with the health of the egg, sperm and creating a nurturing environment within the uterus.
The first thing we have to talk about is lifestyle. There are many contributing factors that can potentially impact fertility of both people. But the one that has the most significant impact is the one to delay conception. Many times, there may be certain goals to save money, “be ready” for children, live in a certain location, or even ensure our career will be safe if we start a family. Unfortunately, women over the age of 35 are almost twice as likely to present with unexplained fertility issues. So let’s talk about the biggest barriers to conceiving.
Obesity & Fertility
When you are overweight, which applies to both men and women, and trying to conceive, there are many situations that can happen. Women with who are overweight or obese are more likely to experience the following:
- Menstrual disorders
- Poor pregnancy outcome
- Gestational Diabetes & hypertension
- Impaired fetal well-being
- Delivery complications
Men have to be careful too. If they are suffering from Obesity, they may experience:
- An increased incidence of low sperm concentration or motility. This issue will get worse with increasing BMI.
- With increasing BMI, ejaculate volume decreases and there is an increase in the amount of DNA damaged sperm.
The Smallest Weight Loss Can Improve Fertility
Simply stated, lose weight. It only takes a 5% weight loss to positively affect things like Insulin resistance, androgen ratios, and reproductive system dysfunction and fertility. If we are talking about just the benefits of losing weight in anyone at any age, adolescents with PCOS have been found to have better hormone levels in Testosterone, Androstenedione, and Cortisol. If you are struggling with obesity, consider getting expert help from our wellness service or weight loss specialist.
Fertility and Sugar
Sugar, foods that are high on the glycemic index, and the resulting advanced glycation end products (AGEs) can end up triggering inflammation in the womb and might actually decrease the likelihood of a woman becoming pregnant. What happens is that those sugary “by-products” AKA AGE’s can negatively affect the cells that line the uterus, making it more difficult for an embryo to implant. And, they can interfere with placental development and might actually result in complications during pregnancy.
If you are undergoing IVF or IUI, things like drinking soda, or even fruit juice, can detrimentally affect the quality of the egg itself – even on day 2 or 3. It was also noted that when consuming these beverages that implantation rates and the chances of having a successful pregnancy decreased.
For men, drinking sugary drinks meant slowed sperm motility, decreased sperm concentration and even a decrease in total sperm count. They also found that when men consumed those caffeinated energy and soft drinks, they might experience decreased fertility issues too.
Everyday Factors Linked To Infertility
Diet sodas are no better when it comes to trying to get pregnant. Diet soda have been found to help destroy the DNA in cells. Artificial sweeteners have been found to be concerning with health concerns that lie outside the realm of conceiving, but who wants to take the chance?
Cell phones can hinder a couples chances of getting pregnant too. The recommendation is to avoid putting them in the pockets of your pants. Keep them away from the genital area all together.
Find A Natural Fertility Specialist
If you are interested in improving your fertility naturally, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles Hormone & Fertility Specialist.
Author: Dr. Barbara Rush
Since 2005, Dr. Barbara Rush has been in practice helping people using Holistic and Alternative Medicine. She is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist that specializes in Chelation & IV Therapy, Anti-Aging, Environmental Medicine, Fertility naturally, all using the original Functional Medicine.
Dr. Rush doesn’t just treat disase, but works with her patients in preventing it in the first place, in order to create better well-being and overall health. Her goal is to help you enjoy a longer, richer, more fulfilling life by helping you take control of your own health. She wants your holistic and naturopathic experience to be one of partnership by cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship resulting in good health through natural therapies.
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