What are some natural ways to increase fertility?

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Dr. Elizabeth A. Newell, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

Some natural ways to increase fertility include the following:

  • Avoid alcohol, smoking and other drugs (both male and female use).
  • Maintain a healthy weight and exercise.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Avoid sexually transmitted diseases. Get sexually transmitted diseases treated immediately and have partners treated.
  • Reduce stress in life—take up yoga, meditation or another self-relaxation exercise.

Good news! Meditation, stress reduction and a good laugh are natural fertility boosters that can increase the likelihood of conception by as much as 30%. The hormones in your adrenal system that regulate and respond to stress—epinephrine, cortisol and norepinephrine—affect your central and peripheral nervous system, brain, guts, immune system and reproductive organs. You can control them, though. Practice mindful meditation daily, do progressive muscle relaxation exercises, get a massage, or participate in group therapy to dispel stress reactions that alter body chemistry. For some women, the benefits are enough to make conception happen. It takes time to integrate destressing into your life, so get started—and get your partner to participate, too.

Want to know another way to naturally boost fertility? Eat a diet rich in omega-3s (salmon and trout are good sources) and take 900 mg in supplements (preferably the DHA variety!) from algal oil.

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