It is estimated that 1 in 7 couples in the UK have problems conceiving, with many not realising it until they’ve been trying for over a year. There are a lot of things which can affect fertility and according to experts, 35%-50% of couples experience trouble due to sperm-related problems. This means it’s no longer considered a largely female-only issue.
However, the good news is there are ways to optimise your fertility. Below, you will discover just 5 ways to increase your chances of conception.
A fertility health check
If you’ve tried and failed to get pregnant within a year, it’s a good idea to undergo a fertility health check. This is open to single women and couples of all ages.
You’ll be assessed by a gynaecologist, who will help you determine the case of the problem. They’ll also be able to help you decide what the next steps should be in terms of treatment if it’s needed. Having a fertility assessment can really boost your confidence and help you to see there is hope, regardless of what the issue may be. They’re minimally invasive too so no need to worry about extensive, invasive testing.
Keep your weight in check
If you’re underweight or overweight, it’s going to have a significant impact on your fertility. This is because both can lead to issues with hormone imbalances. Even if you do manage to get pregnant, an unhealthy weight can increase the risk of miscarriage, as well as complications with both the pregnancy and birth.
If you don’t already, now’s the time to get into a regular exercise routine and ensure you eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Be wary of infections
If you have been trying to get pregnant for over a year, you’re going to have had regular unprotected sex. It’s a myth that sexually transmitted diseases only come from having sex with people you don’t know, or with multiple partners. The truth is, you can develop a sexually transmitted disease, even if you are only having sex with your partner.
The trouble is, some sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia, have no symptoms at all. So, you could have one without even realising it. These infections can block your fallopian tubes, making conception pretty difficult. So, it’s best to get screened for any infections you may have.
Did you know that smoking is said to be responsible for around 13% of fertility issues worldwide? In terms of fertility, smoking can age you by as much as 10 years. So, if you’re a smoker, you’re going to be up to 30% less fertile than a non-smoker. It’s also going to make it three times more likely that you’ll need to try to get pregnant for over a year. This provides pretty compelling evidence to quit.
Avoid undertaking extreme lifestyle changes
Finally, although you do need to lead a healthy lifestyle to increase your fertility, it’s important not to try to be too healthy. Extreme lifestyle choices can ruin your chances of getting pregnant. So, stay away from overly-strict diets and excessive exercise.
These are just 5 of the best ways you can optimise your fertility. Remember, it’s best to undergo a fertility health check to determine the best way to increase your chances of conceiving and to address any issues which may be present.