There are a number of diet and lifestyle factors that can affect your fertility. We can help you identify ways you can improve your fertility just by changing some of your usual routines and habits. In some cases, this may be all that’s required to help you conceive.
When individuals and couples are struggling to conceive, they often assume that something is drastically wrong – that one or other of them has a condition that is preventing them from falling pregnant. However, the way we live can also have a huge impact on how fertile we are. This includes what we eat and drink, how much weight we are carrying, how much exercise we do, and whether we smoke. Making small changes in how we live our daily lives can sometimes have a profound effect on our ability to conceive.
As part of your initial fertility assessment, we will look at a range of diet and lifestyle factors to see if some of your daily routines and habits could be contributing to your fertility issues. We will then provide specific advice on what changes you and your partner can make to optimise your fertility and increase your chances of falling pregnant naturally. Fertility optimisation strategies might include consuming caffeine in moderation, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight – all of which can contribute to your overall reproductive health.
For more information on fertility optimisation and how diet and other lifestyle factors can affect your fertility, read this article from our knowledge hub.
Well-timed intercourse can also improve your chances of falling pregnant naturally. By helping you recognise the signs of ovulation (the release of an egg from your ovarian follicles), we can help you pinpoint when you are most fertile each month and should try to conceive naturally. Timing sexual intercourse during this fertile window can help create the right conditions for natural conception.
Alongside a thorough clinical assessment, your fertility specialist may also ask you to undergo some fertility testing. There is a range of tests that can help us understand more about your fertility needs, including:
Fertility is multifaceted and can be influenced by several factors, such as your diet (including your intake of caffeine and alcohol), lifestyle practices (smoking, illicit drug use or any medication you take), weight, nutritional status, menstrual cycle irregularities or medical conditions.
Our fertility specialists can help identify factors that may be affecting your fertility while providing optimisation techniques that improve your chances of conceiving.
There are several dietary and lifestyle adjustments that you can make to improve your overall health and fertility. Dr Chris Russell discusses these interventions in this blog article, while Dr Nicole Hope describes potential testing and treatment options that can assist you on your fertility journey.
Understanding your fertile window (approximately four days before until one day after ovulation) and timing intercourse within this period can increase your chances of conceiving. Our ovulation calculator can help you predict when you’re likely to ovulate and the best time to have sex.
It’s important to remember that menstrual cycles can vary anywhere between 28 to 35 days. However, if your cycle is irregular, you are under 35 years of age and have been trying to conceive for 4 to 6 months, we recommend seeking help from a fertility specialist. We also recommend seeking assistance if you are 35 to 39 years with an irregular cycle and have been trying for three months.
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