Undergoing fertility treatment can be a challenging and emotional time. Many of our Dallas, TX patients want to know if there are any other tips and tricks we can offer to help increase their chances of success. Whether you are undergoing IUI or IVF to help you get pregnant, we can help you maximize your time and your budget by recommending a few guidelines.
Here, our team at the Center for Assisted Reproduction offers a few health tips to help patients get pregnant.
Know Your Body
Most patients undergoing fertility treatments become accustomed to tracking certain things about their bodies and cycles. For example, charting your basal body temperature and using an ovulation calendar can improve your chances of getting pregnant on your own.
However, there are also several ways to boost your fertility with healthy lifestyle choices, some of which we will discuss in the sections below.
Consume Antioxidant-rich Foods
Studies have suggested that antioxidants such as zinc and folate boost both male and female fertility. Free radicals in the body can damage sperm and egg cells; antioxidants deactivate these harmful free radicals and improve your chances for pregnancy. In fact, once study concluded that couples who took an antioxidant supplement improved their chance of conception by 23 percent.
Lower Your Carb Intake
Diets that are lower in carbohydrates can help patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight, regulate menstrual cycles, and reduce insulin levels. In addition, a low-carb lifestyle is often recommended for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). A 2009 study found that higher carb intake directly correlated with higher levels of infertility.
Boost Your Fiber Intake
While we recommend reducing carbs, we also recommend increasing your fiber intake. Fiber-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains, regulate your blood sugar and eliminate excess hormones. In fact, certain types of fiber can bind excess estrogen to the intestines, and then eliminate it as waste.
Focus on Vegetable Protein
A high-protein diet is important. However, when fertility is an issue, replacing the majority of animal proteins with vegetable protein sources could significantly increase your chances for conception. Foods such as beans, nuts, lentils, and seeds are excellent vegetable protein options.
Choose High-fat Dairy Products
Some studies have suggested that high-fat dairy products can improve fertility and boost your chances for pregnancy. For example, one study found that women who consume at least one serving a high-fat dairy per day are 27 percent less likely to be infertile.
Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated is important for everyone, as water is essential to overall health. However, when it comes to fertility, there is a very specific way that hydration can help. If you do not drink enough water, your cervical fluid can become sluggish. Since the cervical fluid helps the sperm find the egg, drinking plenty of water helps to enhance and accelerate this process.
Contact Us to Learn More
When it comes to health and lifestyle, there are plenty of things you can do to increase your chances of fertility. If you would like to learn more, schedule a consultation at our practice. We understand that this journey can be a sensitive one, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us online anytime or call us at one of our two office locations.