When couples are trying to conceive, most donâ€™t give a thought to whether or not they will actually become pregnant. They expect they will. But, sometimes it isnâ€™t as easy as they expect or would like it to be. When difficulty conceiving arises, couples turn to literature for tips, such as having sex as close to ovulation as possible. There are other ways to enhance the chances of getting pregnant, so before resorting to assisted reproduction consider these natural fertility boosters.
Protect His Sperm
Extensive research has been done to determine whether certain factors can impair or enhance fertility in men. Heated car seats, tight underwear and cell phone use have researchers looking to see if there is a connection. Many people trying to conceive believe it is best to keep the sperm cool and comfortable and, therefore, recommend wearing boxers instead of briefs. Doctors, however, donâ€™t believe there is a correlation between type of underwear worn and infertility as there is no scientific data to support that idea. Experts do agree, however, that prolonged exposure to heat (lounging in a hot tub every day) may lower a manâ€™s sperm count. Research shows that if a man carries a cell phone in his pocket or puts a laptop computer on his lap, sperm can be affected.
Watch Your Weight
Research shows that it may be harder to conceive if you are either underweight or overweight. Many people donâ€™t want to believe this is true, because who wants to deal with a weight issue, but the evidence is becoming more and more apparent that weight should be considered in infertility. Studies done by Baylor College of Medicine in Texas suggest that conception can be more difficult if a womanâ€™s BMI (body mass index) is higher or lower than what is considered normal for her. One particular study determined that women with a low BMI took four times longer to get pregnant, while women with a high BMI took twice as long as the average woman. These studies suggest that you have a greater chance of successfully conceiving if you are at a healthy weight.
Choose Your Drinks Wisely
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine states that conception can be more difficult when a woman drinks too much caffeine or alcohol. Studies show if you consume more than 300 mg of caffeine per day, you are 2 times more likely to have conception delayed for a year or more. As little as 100 mg of caffeine can raise your estrogen levels above normal. And caffeine has been shown to lower sperm counts for men. It is best when trying to conceive to limit your intake of caffeine. An 8 ounce cup of coffee may contain anywhere from 150 mg of caffeine to 350 mg or more. Remember, caffeine is also in tea, sodas and medications.
Studies on the effect of alcohol on fertility have shown that when a woman drinks two alcoholic beverages daily her fertility decreases by nearly 60%. For this reason it makes sense to eliminate alcohol when trying to conceive. Drinking alcohol while pregnant may also cause birth defects. Better to be safe than sorry and eliminate alcoholic beverages while pregnant or while trying to get pregnant.