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How To Boost Your Fertility For Women

How To Boost Your Fertility For Women

Infertility affects 1 in 6 couples trying to conceive, and female infertility accounts for about 40% of these cases. If you want to boost your fertility without resorting to medication or surgical procedures, there are plenty of things you can try.

Step 1: Get in shape

Being overweight or very underweight can disrupt a womans periods and hinder conception. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is more than 29 or less than 19 you will find it very difficult to concieve so think about reaching an appropriate BMI level through gentle exercise before you start trying for a baby. To calculate your BMI divide your weight in KG's by your height in metres squared.

Step 2: Eat a balanced diet

Try to eat a good, balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as lean meats, fresh fish and wholegrain products to give your body all the nutrients it needs. Also ensure you consume your recommended 2 litres of water everyday. Try to cut out caffeine from your diet as it may affect the process of ovulation and has been linked to delayed conception.

Step 3: Cut out alcohol

It is widely advised to cut out alcohol completely when you are trying to conceive as it is thought that even as little as 1 drink a day can reduce a woman's fertility by 50%. For more on Alcohol, its effects and how to drink sensibly please see Videojug's films 'Alcohol: The Facts' and 'How to Drink Sensibly'.

Step 4: Stop smoking

Cigarettes and other tobacco products are thought to have an adverse effect on a woman's fertility due to the toxins released during smoking. It has consistently been linked to infertility in women and early menopause, so cutting down or stopping altogether is a necessity if you wish to boost your fertility.

Step 5: Stress

Excessive anxiety and stress can upset a woman's menstrual cycle by disrupting hormonal communication between the brain and ovaries, and interferring with cell maturation and ovulation. Even the fear of infertility or problems in trying to conceive a child can be a source of stress. For a variety of ways to de-stress your life see Videojug film How To Change Your Lifestyle To Manage Stress.