3 Tips on Boosting Fertility from Chicago's Best IVF Center

Dr. Randy Morris

3 Tips on Boosting Fertility from Chicago's Best IVF Center

Dr. Randy Morris

If you are trying to conceive, taking steps to increase your fertility can give you the best chances of getting pregnant. Below, we will take a look at 3 tips for improving fertility, as well as when to consider visiting a Chicago IVF center about your fertility.

1. Treat any medical conditions

Untreated medical conditions can have a negative effect on your fertility while also increasing the chances of problems during pregnancy. This is especially true of fertility conditions that affect your hormones. Be sure that any medical conditions are under control when you are trying to conceive. Conditions like diabetes, hypothyroidism, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are some of the most common diseases that have a negative impact on fertility.

2. Understand how your lifestyle can impact your fertility

Your lifestyle can either boost or decrease your fertility. Some lifestyle factors that can impact fertility include:

  • Alcohol use - Moderate to heavy drinking can decrease fertility in both men and women.
  • Smoking - Smoking and other types of tobacco use can decrease fertility.
  • Marijuana use - Marijuana has a negative impact on sperm motility and count, as well as on female fertility.
  • Weight - Being obese decreases your chances of getting pregnant, and increases your chances of complications during pregnancy.
  • Nutrition - Eating a healthy, balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein boosts your fertility and sets you up for a healthy pregnancy.
  • Stress - A high level of stress can decrease your fertility. Unfortunately, infertility can often increase your stress levels, so it is important to be proactive about managing your stress.

3. Know when you are most fertile

Women are most fertile in the days leading up to ovulation, as well as the day of ovulation. Ovulation varies depending on your cycle, but usually occurs about 2 weeks after menstruation. Some couples try to time their intercourse to occur just before and during ovulation. The most effective option is to have sex about every other day throughout the month, so that you are covered even if ovulation does not occur when expected.

When to See a Fertility Doctor

It is very common to try to conceive for several months or longer before getting pregnant. Generally, infertility is defined as not getting pregnant after one year of regular, unprotected intercourse, and couples should see a physician after that point. If you are over the age of 36 or have a history of reproductive problems, you should see a doctor after 6 months of trying to get pregnant. You should also see a fertility doctor if you have had 3 or more consecutive miscarriages.

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