INCREASE YOUR FERTILITY – THE NATURAL WAY!
If you and your partner are facing fertility challenges, you can find solace in knowing that you’re not alone. According to the Fertility Society of Australia, one in every six couples suffers from infertility – that’s some 3 million Australians.
Many women are aware that their ability to conceive declines markedly with age – but the biological clock doesn’t just tick for women, it ticks men too. Australian researcher Dr Karin Hammarberg was quoted in The Age as saying that men over 40 have decreased chances of making their partners pregnant, and that a woman’s rate of miscarriage increases with her partner’s age.
“Fertility talk is always directed at women and somehow men look like innocent bystanders,” Dr Hammarberg told The Age.
Natural ways to improve your fertility – for men and women
Perhaps you’re a little older and you and your partner have just begun to try to make a baby. You know you that your fertility is lagging with age and you want to give yourself the best possible chance.
Here are some simple and natural ways you can lift your fertility:
- Eat well and exercise – it may sound obvious but these are the foundation blocks of good reproductive health.
- Avoid alcohol – alcohol can affect oestrogen levels and egg production in women, and can lower a man’s sperm count.
- Drink warm water – this helps with circulation around the stomach to assist in increasing blood flow and energy to the area. Avoid cold drinks, especially soft drinks.
- Take in the free medicine that is sunshine – it increases the levels of Vitamin D, improving sperm counts for men, and progesterone and oestrogen levels in women.
- De-stress – stress has a negative impact on you general health and libido, so find ways to unwind, like yoga.
- Watch your weight – for women, excess weight can lead to an irregular menstrual cycle. Being underweight also interferes with ovulation.
- Stop smoking – don’t wait till you get the good news that you’re expecting. Smoking can alter hormone levels in men, and can negatively affect egg quality in women. Besides, you need to be in optimum health if you want to conceive.
- Guys – get the laptop off your lap and keep things cool! The heat generated by a laptop’s battery can reduce sperm counts, as can a hot bath.
- Acupuncture – it can greatly improve general health as well as circulation to the reproductive organs.
Acupuncture and IVF
Acupuncture is a safe, natural and inexpensive way to improve your chances of conceiving.
Those who have experienced acupuncture for a health concern don’t need any convincing about its effectiveness, and scientific studies are beginning to back up what many of us already know – acupuncture makes a difference. It works.
Acupuncture’s affect on couples undergoing IVF was documented by a recent University of Maryland School of Medicine study, which concluded that it boosted fertility rates in IVF clinics with low success rates (below 32 per cent).
In 2008, the British Medical Journal published a study cautiously advising that acupuncture “improves rates of pregnancy and live birth for women in the IVF program”. The paper, which was based on seven separate studies involving over 1300 women, looked at research where acupuncture was given to one group of women, and ‘dummy’ or ‘sham’ acupuncture (replicating the sensations of acupuncture), to another.
It was found that the women receiving the real acupuncture had a 65 per cent higher rate of pregnancy.
Science and Western medicine has always been skeptical of alternative treatments – and there are studies that contradict the above research – but recent years have seen an undeniable move towards acupuncture as a bona fide complementary therapy for those facing reproductive challenges and undergoing IVF.
Eli Huang specialises in treating infertility with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Contact Eli for a consultation today.