Fertility Boosters: 8 Things You May Have Overlooked
Still not pregnant? Think there's nothing else you can do? Think again. Chances are you've been overlooking some of the other ways to boost fertility.
Change When (and How) You Have Sex
To increase your chances of getting pregnant, you should be having sex three days before, one day before, and the day after ovulation occurs, says fertility expert Dr. Jay S. Schinfeld.
You might also want to change how you have it. The rear-entry position is thought to increase pregnancy rates in women with a tipped uterus. Not for you? Then lay on your belly for 10 to 15 minutes after sex.
Chart Your Temperature
Just when does ovulation happen? If you don’t know, you’re not alone. Most women ovulate two weeks before their menstrual period starts, or thereabouts. So tracking your cycle is a good idea. Charting your basal body temperature (BBT) can help. After ovulation, your temperature can rise 0.5 to 1.6 degrees. Keeping an eye out for abdominal pain is also wise: It signals ovulation in some women.
Feed Him Oysters
Women aren’t the only ones with fertility problems—many men have them as well. To help your guy become more potent, Dr. Schinfeld suggests increasing the zinc in his diet. An easy way to do this is by feeding him oysters, as the food is packed with the fertility-enhancing mineral.
Use Egg White as a Lubricant
Even if you’ve never needed lubricant before, you may now. Having a lot of
sex can make you very dry, says Dr. Schinfeld. If you do need help in the moisture department, don’t reach for the K-Y. It—and most other common lubricants—can hurt sperm. So what’s the solution?
Believe it or not, egg whites. The food can actually increase your chances of conceiving, says Dr. Schinfeld. And there are other advantages to it as well. “It doesn’t smell,” he says. “It feels like a woman when she is excited. And it’s been proven safe.” And if you have any questions or concerns when it comes to trying to conceive, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider for further information or options.
Get Tested for Chlamydia
Address Thyroid Problems
Thyroid problems can also contribute to infertility. And like chlamydia, these too can appear without symptoms. Worse still, the traditional test—TSH—isn’t always enough, according to Mary Shomon, patient advocate and author of the The Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough. The best advice? Ask your doctor for a thyroid profile, says Shomon.
Don't Give Up
When your doctor tells you there’s nothing more he can do, you may feel like giving up. Each situation is different, of course, but if there’s a chance of one day conceiving—even the smallest—don’t lose hope too quickly. Hope can be the best fertility booster of all.
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