Improving Your Fertility During Treatments
Many couples and individuals have the common misconception that the outcome of fertility treatments is beyond their control. However, what you do and how you prepare your body for the treatment are significant contributing factors to the outcome.
Deciding your own personal action plan will not only help you become healthier and improve your chances of success but also make you feel more positive and in control of your fertility journey. Here are a few ways to prepare yourself physically and emotionally for fertility treatments.
While there is no defined optimal “fertility diet”, following a healthy and balanced diet has been shown to boost natural fertility and improve overall health in both men and women.
Women who are undergoing fertility treatments or planning to conceive must consume:
- Prenatal vitamins like folic acid, iron, and calcium
- Lots of fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C and D, calcium,
- folic acid, magnesium, and antioxidants
- Lean protein like chicken and fish
- Healthy fats like nuts, seeds, and avocado
- Legumes like beans, lentils, and chickpeas
- Low-fat dairy products
The following vitamins and minerals can help boost sperm function, they can be consumed as supplements or through natural food sources:
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
Exercise and Weight
Women with extremely high or low BMI have a higher incidence of menstrual dysfunction as well as ovulation disorders and are more likely to have lower implantation and pregnancy rates, higher risk of miscarriage and pregnancy complications. In men, obesity leads to hormonal imbalances and impaired sperm production resulting in low sperm count, concentration, and motility.
Reducing or gaining weight as well as maintaining a healthy BMI through regular exercise and diet is essential for both men and women before attempting conception or starting fertility treatments.
Undergoing fertility treatments can be physically and emotionally stressful for both partners. High stress levels can result in decreased sperm function, sexual dysfunction, hormone imbalances and implantation failure. The following steps can help lower and manage stress levels during fertility treatments:
- Practice calming activities like Yoga and breathing exercises
- Join a fertility support group
- Do not hesitate from asking help whenever you need it
- Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every day
- Reach out to your doctor and discuss your concerns, queries, and
- fears with complete candour
- Exercise regularly
Certain medications can interfere with fertility treatments or cause fertility problems in both men and women. Couples trying to become pregnant must review any ongoing medication or treatments with the doctor and switch to pregnancy safe medications if required.
Starting healthy habits like exercising regularly and following a balanced diet is extremely important while trying to become pregnant. However, it is just as important to know what to avoid.
Essential Lifestyle Changes During Fertility Treatments:
Quit smoking tobacco
Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol
Limit consumption of caffeinated drinks and foods with high sugar content
Before starting any type of fertility treatment, it is important to understand every aspect of the procedure. Doing extensive research and preparing a set of questions to ask the doctor can help patients get a clearer picture of what the treatment entails, its success rates, possible risks and how to prepare oneself physically and emotionally for the treatment.