Can you boost your fertility?

While some couples who are trying to get pregnant will suffer from 'unexplained infertility', others may have been given a clearer diagnosis, which may give some indication as to why conception may come with a few more challenges.

What if one or both of us has unexplained fertility, then?

'Sometimes despite tests and investigations, doctors will not be able to work out why a couple is having difficulties getting pregnant.' states the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, via the link above.

This can be an extremely frustrating condition and the NHS provides support for couples who are going through this.

You may be aware that you have unexplained fertility, or you may have been trying to get pregnant naturally for some time with no joy as yet. The NHS states you should see your GP if:

  • you have been trying to get pregnant for over a year
  • you have a long term condition, such as diabetes and want advice about pregnancy
  • there is a risk of passing on a condition such as sickle cell disease to your baby
  • you regularly take medicines and want to get pregnant; some medicines can affect a pregnancy
  • you are aged 36 and over and want to get pregnant.

There are many 'old wives' tales' offering advice on how you can get pregnant fast - and many are just that: old wives' tales. That said, there are a few things you can try to help boost your chances.

For women, this starts with:

Getting to Know Your Cycle

As many as one in two couples may be trying to conceive at the wrong time, says Clearblue, because they don’t know when their most fertile days are.

While many women find that ovulation occurs on day 13 or 14 of their cycle, ovulation can happen much later for some people - or earlier. Learning how to pinpoint your ovulation day more easily may give you - and your fertility - the helping hand it needs.

Consider trying ovulation test kits, which will help you better work out when you're ovulating, meaning you can time intercourse and hopefully catch the day one of your ovaries releases that all-important egg.

Clearblue's Ovulation Advanced Digital test kit offers 10 tests in a pack. This can help you identify four or more fertile days, which will give you the best chance of getting pregnant naturally. By accurately tracking two key fertility hormones, estrogen and luteinising hormone, it identifies two peak fertility days, like all other ovulation tests, but also additional high fertility days before that. 

Maintain a Healthy Weight

While weight shouldn't affect most couples, if you are severely overweight or underweight it could pose a problem where females' fertility is concerned, as normal ovulation can be inhibited.

If you think you are overweight or underweight, speak to your GP to see if he or she advises weight loss to boost your fertility. By shedding some pounds, you may feel better too, which will also help you tackle any mental health issues which may arise if you are finding it a challenge to fall pregnant.

Get a Health Check

Did you know that sexually transmitted infections can affect your fertility? If you have already spoken to your GP about your fertility, he or she may have already performed some routine sexual health checks.

Women who are struggling to get pregnant may also want to request some blood tests, to measure your hormone levels, to see if an imbalance is to blame for, say, lack of or delayed ovulation.

If you are trying to get pregnant and finding it increasingly difficult to see friends' and family members' pregnancy announcements on social media, unfollow them. Social media can be a frustrating and lonely place when you are trying to fall pregnant, so minimise any potential upset by 'curating' your feed so you only see what you want to see. That doesn't mean you can't he happy for your friends or family members, but this way you can congratulate them when you feel up to it.

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately