When it comes to dealing with infertility issues, many couples automatically turn to the latest medical treatments, procedures and pills in the attempt to force Mother Nature’s hand. However, you could also try a natural fertility treatment which is available to couples that do not involve anywhere near the cost, time or risk that other methods present.
Knowing why a couple is having trouble getting pregnant should be the first step in the process of working out the proper solution using natural fertility. Studies show that in the U.S., 40-50% of infertility cases are due to reproductive issues with the female, while 20% of such cases are because of male reproductive issues, such as low sperm count. 30-40% of infertility cases are due to problems with both the male and female.
Apart from physical conditions, such as endometriosis, ovulatory failure and damage to the reproductive organs due to infection, the main source of infertility in both men and women often has to do with their lifestyle. Smoking, alcohol, overconsumption of medication, exposure to pesticides and environmental toxins all negatively affect the ability to conceive.
Opting for natural fertility treatments makes sense since, although many fail to realize it, the lifestyle that people lead and the way they treat their bodies is the ultimate determining factor as to whether they are healthy enough to successfully get pregnant. Failure to achieve pregnancy because of leading a sedentary lifestyle with poor nutrition and no exercise does not require a miracle pill, medical intervention, or surgery—it merely requires a change in lifestyle to correct bad habits. This is what natural fertility is all about.
Not only is the natural approach a much healthier means of resolving fertility issues, it also dramatically reduces any chance of dealing with negative side effects or conditions that may be caused by infertility treatment. It is virtually a win-win situation.
Many natural fertility treatments that target infertility in men and women have had impressive success rates. A study done by the University of Surrey reported the success rates of couples using natural fertility treatments at being around 80%, compared to those that opted for procedures like in vitro fertilization. Of course the actual chance for success varies from situation to situation but it is easy to see why these particular methods have grown in popularity over the years.
Diet: As simple as it sounds, practising proper nutrition can do wonders to boost a person’s health and allow for a more successful chance of getting pregnant. Replace junk food and caffeinated beverages with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, purified water, lean red meat, whole grains, fresh fish and legumes. Stay away from foods that have been processed.
Fertility Herbs: There are fertility herbs that come in pill form that effectively treat fertility issues related to toxin exposure, deficiency in vitamins and minerals and hormonal imbalances. Additionally, they have the ability to increase sperm count, influence a more regular menstrual cycle and even stimulate ovulation.
Sleep: Perhaps one of the easiest natural fertility treatments, getting enough sleep is vital in allowing the body to recharge so that it is able to perform optimally on a daily basis. Consistent lack of sleep makes the body more prone to disease, illness and a weak immune system, which is definitely not ideal for trying to conceive.
Yoga: Various yoga positions are perfect for encouraging natural fertility, especially in women. Certain positions focus on crucial reproductive organs that stimulate blood circulation, remove stress and tension from the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries, as well as strengthening the pelvic area and providing more energy to the body overall.
Exercise: If you don’t already, incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. This can be as simple as briskly walking around the neighborhood or even participating in a leisure sports league.
Lifestyle: The only way to conceive a baby and ensure a healthy pregnancy is by leading a healthy lifestyle. This means you should stop drinking alcohol heavily and not smoke. Abusing your body in any way is the quickest way to hinder any hope of successfully having a baby.
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.