I will not let the stress of Infertility overtake my life.
The joy of getting married and having children is unparalleled. Even though it is a natural process to conceive at the time of your choice, the failure of such an attempt is also a possibility.
This leads to mental disturbances and sometimes becomes a big issue within the family and the relatives, especially in a country like India.
The problem of infertility does upset the couple, and the increase in such cases is becoming commonplace.
One or two conclusions can be arrived at, which may generally hold well. They are unhealthy food or diet combined with a poor lifestyle. Immediate solutions of a proper, healthy balanced diet combined with physical workouts do result in making kill Infertility, and thus the chances of conceiving are increased.
It is wrongly construed that infertility exists in women only. The men also suffer from the inadequacy to supply healthy sperms, which help the process of women to become pregnant. It is not a rarity that both partners are infertile too.
The passage below has been divided into three sections:
- The diet
- Factors that affect apart from food
- What should be avoided to increase fertility or decrease infertility?
A. What is Fertility Diet?
It’s a diet plan that helps your body to conceive. The foods can improve your fertility and help absorb the nutrients that are required to help conceive.
Found below are superfoods that help balance your diet and one that leads to boosting fertility:
1. Green leafy vegetables:
Women have to ovulate to enhance their chances of conceiving. If there is a deficiency found in it, then vitamin C combined with Folic acid would aid the process. One natural source is green leafy vegetables such as Broccoli, Fenugreek, Spinach, Kale are rich in these.
Apart from assisting the ovulation process, they bring down the percentage of miscarriage, too, while removing generic abnormalities. The bonus is that they contribute to increasing the quality of sperms also.
The presence of Folic acid in a woman’s system would help prevent congenital disabilities in the newborn, especially in the regions of the spine and brain.
A spice that has an antioxidant called Selenium that boosts fertility. Estrogen is the sex hormones of a woman that are highly required for the development of the reproductive system. Garlic aids by balancing the Estrogen levels. On the other hand, it aids in regulating sperm movement too.
As mentioned earlier, Folic Acid, also known as Vitamin B9 and vitamin C as a power packed combination aid in developing the Fetus. Berries are rich with these contents and help reduce obesity too. Berries such as Blueberries and Raspberries have phytonutrients that help fight inflammation and also possess antioxidants. This lends a person not only chances of getting pregnant but promotes overall health.
4. Dry Fruits and Nuts:
Protein, minerals, and vitamins are abundant in dry fruits and nuts. Selenium is present in nuts abundantly, and it helps prevent and reduce the count of the eggs from chromosomal damage. Dry fruits and nuts are also rich in antioxidants and help fight away free radicals, which disturb the egg production much needed for conceiving. Consumption of both should not exceed a handful every day.
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A person lacking in Iron or have insufficient quantities of it would find it difficult to conceive as the eggs produced by the ovaries are less healthy and not fertile to mature. Beans contain Iron and lean proteins, which helps rid of iron deficiency and aids in healthy egg production.
6. Pumpkin seeds:
Blood needs to flow inside the human system in a regulated manner. Blood flows into the reproductive organs too. Pumpkin seeds are rich in Zinc, which helps regulate blood flow and allows creating healthy new cells. Zinc is also known to increase Testosterone levels and semen. In addition to all this, Zinc creates an overall healthy system.
When a cell is formed due to the union of a sperm and egg cells, it is known as Zygote. Vitamin B6 helps form Zygote cells, and the Banana fruits have this in great abundance. Bananas also contain Vitamin C and mineral Potassium. Both aid in developing healthy eggs and sperm.
Quinoa is from the Whole grain family and has multiple benefits. It is rich in fibre, which helps reduce Infertility. The plant-based protein is healthy, and it has all nine Amino Acids, which increases the chances of conception. The quinoa is also known to aid in regulating monthly periods.
Eggs have vitamins that are essential to boost fertility levels. Omega 3 fatty acids also decrease infertility, and the Choline prevents congenital disabilities to a large extent.
B. Factors that help apart from food:
Apart from healthy food habits and diet, other factors too contribute to infertility. Found below are such factors and suggestions to overcome it and reduce Infertility.
1. An Active life:
A life that embraces an exercise regime improves the chances of increasing your fertility and overall health. On the other hand, a sedentary lifestyle poses a higher risk of infertility. The exercise schedule should also not be excessive, and it is useful if kept at moderate levels as it may affect the reproductive system. One may prefer yoga for early pregnancy poses when tested positive on the test.
2. Relaxation is better than stress:
Stress cannot be avoided for most. It could be increased by family or your office where you work. Stress leads to anxiety and worsens to Depression, which affects fertility. Take some time off to relax and bring down the weight. Positive thoughts do kill infertility.
3. The perfect Weight:
If there is one major cause affecting fertility, it has to be your weight. Weight is always associated with your height, and it is not a complicated process to find out what influence you have to be in.
A situation that you are underweight is as worse as being overweight. The menstrual cycle function is affected due to the weight you are in. This affects the hormonal balance, and the chances to conceive are rendered useless.
4. Iron Intake:
Iron from natural sources such as plants helps in the ovulating process, which makes one more fertile to conceive. Heme-iron, which is present in animal food, does not improve fertility at all, whereas Non- Heme iron does act against infertility.
5. Multivitamins do help:
A multivitamin would be a capsule, which means that it is not a direct natural source. The fact is Multivitamins do help ovulation and decrease infertility due to it.
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6. Ovulation monitoring and how to do it:
The norms of perfect ovulation in a woman are approximately two weeks before the arrival of their monthly periods. There are ovulation kits that can predict when the ovulation process could happen. If there is a positive result on the ovulation, sexual intercourse within three days increases the chances of conceiving.
The other method is to keep track of the cervical mucus. This can be done by the women checking the appearance of mucus and quantity in her vagina. Generally, the mucus appears thin and transparent before the ovulating starts. Sexual intercourse during this period helps the sperm reach the egg easily.
7. Tracking menstrual frequency:
The menstruation cycle is spaced apart evenly every month, and if the person keeps track of the days, note delays, or irregularity, it would help her guess her ovulation process. The egg released in this process is fertile for a maximum period of a day.
8. Intercourse during Fertile period:
The fertile period is only six days. The day the ovulation takes place and the five days prior to it. If the woman keeps track of this and engages in sexual intercourse, there are bright chances for her to conceive.
9. The Prenatal vitamin:
It is best to consume prenatal vitamins that contain Folic acid in small quantities. The consumption of these can be daily but limited to 400 mcg of foliate. It can start one before planned pregnancy and continue right through the pregnancy. Folic acid has the property of reducing major congenital disabilities.
10. Age-related Infertility:
Fertility decreases as a woman ages. Specific ailments also strike the fertility process as they age like uterine fibroids, fallopian tubes blockage, etc. The decline starts after 30 years and steepens after 40. Conceiving is not ruled out entirely, but just that it takes longer.
C. What should be ‘avoided’ to increase the chances of fertility?
1. Avoid Alcohol and Cigarette Smoking:
Tobacco is filled with nicotine, and cigarette smoke is pure carbon monoxide. These hurt productivity for both sexes. The egg supply is depleted, and the ovaries she could use more than usual due to smoking. This includes passive smoking too.
Alcohol, on the other hand, does not damage the extent to which smoking does, but when it exceeds limits, infertility is sure.
Coffee in the morning sets the tone for a brisk day. The problem arises when you exceed the one cup, in case a woman is trying to get pregnant. Caffeine does give you that boost of energy which you seek, and excess affects fertility.
3. Avoid Stress:
Stress does exist in almost everyone’s life, but stress-related to inability to conceive should be avoided. Enjoyable diversions like a hobby, or even walking your dog should help you get rid of that feeling of failure and fertility is bound to increase.
4. Seeking help:
One should not conclude why they cannot get pregnant. It is better to find or consult professionals in this field. Avoiding such advice would only result in compounding the problem.
It is clear from the passage above that infertility is not a permanent feature, and it is up to the couple to take positive steps in increasing their fertility.
Lifestyle would change, but the sacrifice would not go in vain when you hold the newborn in your hands and feel that it was all for a good cause.
Your good cause!