If you are trying to get pregnant, use natural fertility help first, before resorting to medical interventions. Natural fertility treatments have been used since ancient times. Not only do they aid fertility, but also help you to live a happy, healthier life. In this article we’ll look at different natural medicine treatments you can use to help you conceive. The ‘Natural Fertility” approach itself focuses on adequate pregnancy preparation starting 120 days before conception. The topic on natural fertility help is discussed in great detail in other articles on this site. In this article we’ll look at additional natural treatments you can use to help you achieve a healthy pregnancy.
Qigong – which means “working with the energy of life” is a Chinese practice based on the premise the body is made up of energy. A person becomes ill if the internal energies flowing in her body become blocked.
You can practice Qigong through aerobics, relaxation, isometrics, isotonic, deep visualization and breathing exercises. Qigong engages the body as well as the mind. It helps treat male impotency as well as warding off illness, lowering blood pressure and relaxing you.
Chinese hospitals use Qigong as part of their regular medical treatment. It has been found to help treat blurry vision, chronic back pains, arthritis and kidney problems.
Dr. Domar, clinical psychologist at Harvard Medical School, researched the effects of stress on female fertility and other health problems. Her results showed almost 65% of infertile women became pregnant after undergoing various forms of relaxation, visualization and meditation. Her study inspired the 1987 Mind-Body Program, a program based on the book written by the doctor herself – Healing Mind, Healthy Woman: Using the Mind-Body Connection to Manage Stress and Take Control of Your Life.
Acupuncture is another Chinese natural treatment that works by stimulating certain pressure points in the body. There are specific acupuncture points you can target to promote your fertility. Acupuncture helps improve blood circulation in the pelvic cavity so it helps boost ovarian function. It may improve follicle production, enhance blood flow in the uterus and strengthen the uterine lining.
If you have any structural problem interfering with your efforts to become pregnant, you might want to try consulting a chiropractor. A car accident or a bad fall that happened many years ago may cause hip misalignment. A problem in your neck may influence your thyroid or affect nerve endings near your pituitary gland.
Your lifestyle and nutrition may be the problem. Consult with a naturopath and a natural fertility expert to know the correct diet plan for you. Fruit and vegetables have high levels of Vitamin C that help increase cervical mucus in women. Grape seed extract is an antioxidant that helps protect sperm. A healthy lifestyle reduces stress, increasing your chances of having a baby. Evening primrose oil acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and may help fight certain diseases. Calcium found in sesame seeds, dark leafy vegetables and sardines can help you regulate your hormones and become pregnant. Pregnant women are advised to have at least 2 to 3 Calcium servings a day.
There are lots of advantages to natural fertility help over medical treatments such as surgery and in vitro fertilization (IVF). One of the added bonuses is the low cost since surgery and IVF are very expensive and are mostly not covered by health insurance. Also, there is no guarantee IVF or any other medical intervention will result in pregnancy. You may also need to undergo many IVF cycles before you conceive with a substantial likelihood you won’t conceive even after numerous expensive IVF cycles. There are cases when infertility problems can be so severe IVF or surgery is the only option. But if this isn’t your case, it is recommended you seek natural fertility help first.
What natural fertility help methods have you used to help you conceive? Would love to hear from you!
Iva Keene is co-founder and director of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com. She has been a qualified, accredited Naturopathic Physician for over 13 years, holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Science and a Masters degree in Reproductive Medicine. Since founding NFP in 2008, Iva's articles, videos, guides and reports have reached over 1.3 million people. Iva has dedicated her professional life to supporting couples on their path to parenthood with scientifically grounded information, protocols and coaching around preconception care, natural infertility treatments and integrative reproductive health.