Hi guys, today I want to talk about some of the big tips I’ve learned in my years of trying to improve my fertility and struggling to conceive. I’ve been to a lot of different doctors and specialists, and I’ve read literally hundreds of articles about how to make different improvements to my body that will help me start a family. This blog is my big list of everything I’ve learned, from me to you!
First off, I just want to say that it’s established science that lifestyle changes like getting a healthier diet and making sure you get the right nutrients make the difference between not conceiving and conceiving a healthy pregnancy in 80% of cases, which is way better than the 25% of cases where IVF works well. That’s according to a study from the University of Surrey that I found online. So, just up front, these changes really do work, so now I’ll run through all the key ones that are proven to make improvements.
These are the key lifestyle things you want to change if you’re trying to be in that 80% of cases where fertility problems are fixable without IVF. They’ll also help if you want to improve your odds with IVF and get above that 25% threshold.
Diet is the biggest factor, and the key thing according to my doctor is to increase the amount of nutrients you get every day by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables through the day, and having lots of servings of vitamins from vegetables and juice. One huge thing I learned is that the recommended servings have gone up a lot in the past few years. I always though you were supposed to get 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but it’s actually 7-9 cups of fresh produce, not 3-5. So, having a better diet will give you more of the nutrients that keep your organs happy and working well, which is important for getting pregnant as well as your overall health.
The next biggest factor is to reduce the substances you use, whether it’s alcohol or caffeine. Both of them have bad influences on your ability to get pregnant. As far as alcohol, the less you drink, the more likely you are to conceive. People who have less than 4 glasses of red wine a week do way better than people who have more than that, and my doctor told me that the latest research shows you should eliminate it completely for about 3 months if you can. I’m on month 2 right now, and I’ve actually been totally fine. It’s a good thing to do for the guys, too. Alcohol stops them being able to get zinc, which is one of the nutrients you need for reproductive health. For caffeine, one cup of coffee a day halves the chances of you getting pregnant. More than that can cause miscarriages! So, my doctor also says you should try three months of no chocolate, coffee, tea, coke, or anything else with caffeine to increase your chances.
One other issue is something called xenoestrogens, which come from plastic and pesticides. They basically mess with your hormones which is super bad when you’re trying to be more fertile. To avoid them, you have to use glass and ceramic instead of plastic whenever you can, and definitely no microwaving plastic packages or dishes. I also only buy organic foods because pesticides are the other big source of them.
You should also take some basic vitamin supplements, which for fertility, the keys are omega 3s, folic acid supplements to make sure you have all your B Vitamins (which are part of the genetics you need to pass on–studies show that B12 increases fertility for men and women), and zinc, which helps women hold onto hormones and use them, and it helps men achieve higher sperm counts.
Ok, so a better diet, no bad substances, and some good supplements. Those are the key things to get more fertile! Good luck!