As faculty members at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, the board certified fertility experts at USC Fertility generate groundbreaking research in the field of fertility and reproductive medicine. To begin your natural fertility assessment, the USC Fertility team offers the following 6 tips.
Natural fertility tip #1: Know your fertile window
The fertile window is the six-day time period ending with the day of ovulation for women whose menstrual cycles are every 28 days. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the highest pregnancy rates are seen when a couple has intercourse every one to two days during the fertile window. Saving up sperm for the right moment may actually decrease sperm counts and mobility.
Natural fertility tip #2: Watch what you eat and drink
What you consume can help or hurt natural fertility. Adopt a healthy, balanced diet that includes antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. Avoid processed foods and drink plenty of filtered water to stay well hydrated. Eliminate alcohol and caffeine from your diet if possible.
Natural fertility tip #3: Adopt a balanced lifestyle
Irregular periods make it more difficult to predict the fertile window, as well as sustain a pregnancy. Excesses in three areas – stress, weight (being overweight or underweight) and exercise – can lead to hormone imbalances that result in ovulation issues. Take a daily walk, practice meditation and make sleep a priority. Moderate exercise is helpful in 1) producing endorphins that relieve stress and 2) maintaining a weight and body mass index (BMI) that is optimal for pregnancy.
Natural fertility tip #4: Get healthy
If you have any medical issues, make sure you see your doctor and get them under control before you attempt to get pregnant. If you have any concerns about a family history of medical issues that may impact you or your ability to get pregnant, speak with your Ob/Gyn to get more information.
Natural fertility tip #5: Quit smoking
Simply put, smoking impacts fertility. Smoking can prematurely age ovaries and increase the risk of miscarriage.
Natural fertility tip #6: Don’t wait to get help
Fertility decreases with age. Fertility rates for women begin to decrease significantly after age 35. ASRM recommends women under the age of 35 see a fertility specialist after one year of trying to get pregnant; women over 35 should see a specialist after six months.
These 6 tips are just a few ways to optimize natural fertility. At USC Fertility, our physicians will conduct a thorough evaluation to ensure that all of your natural fertility bases are covered. When necessary, we will recommend fertility testing and treatments. Contact our Los Angeles fertility center today.