There’s a huge misconception surrounding pregnancies; between films like Knocked Up and Juno, people believe it’s incredibly easy to reproduce. All you need to do is have unprotected sex.
However, the reality surrounding pregnancy is quite different. Most couples have to spend months, possibly years, trying to have their child. Many people turn to various sources to find ways to boost their fertility and their chances of getting pregnant. Luckily, there are natural ways that will aid in reproduction.
Three ways to boost fertility
Most people assume fertility relies heavily on the woman and her ability to conceive children. However, there are natural ways both women and men can increase fertility and their likelihood of having a child:
- Maintain a healthy weight – Research suggests men and women benefit from maintaining a healthy weight during the fertilization process. For women, a healthy weight increases the likelihood of embryo growth. For men, obesity makes it more likely for infertile sperm.
- Avoid smoking – Most experts recommend no smoking for males or females due to the disruption in hormone levels in women and semen quality in men. Studies show men and women who quit smoking have better chances of getting pregnant.
- Reduce stress – Stress is a significant issue for women who want to get pregnant. It’s challenging to get rid of and often leads to complications in the fertility process. But stress also negatively affects men as they cannot perform under severe pressure.
While all these tips may increase fertility, it doesn’t guarantee a pregnancy. There are complicated factors that may influence your ability to have a child. Luckily, new technologies make pregnancies possible even if there is low fertility.
Using such methods as in-vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection, couples can explore enhanced ways to get pregnant. However, if your efforts to get pregnant involve third parties as in egg or sperm donation or surrogacy, make sure to involve an attorney if you need to venture into the use of assisted reproductive technology.