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How to Boost Your Fertility

If you’re trying to get pregnant, it can be very dispiriting to be told you have fertility issues. Whatever the reasons behind your lower fertility, the verdict can feel like a very personal judgement, and leave you depressed, and despairing of your chances of starting a family without disruptive, intrusive IVF treatments. While IVF can be effective, as well as intrusive, and could be the route to pregnancy for you, there are other, more natural methods you can use to boost your fertility and give yourself a better chance of getting pregnant – alongside IVF or instead of it. Diets and Supplements Many fertility issues, in both men and women, have at their root a shortfall in some vital nutrient, vitamin or mineral that the body needs for its reproductive health. Men require the raw materials to build healthy, energetic sperm that can reach the egg and fertilise it successfully, and women need the right diet not just for their ovaries to mature healthy, fertile eggs, but also to drive a regular, predictable menstrual cycle so you know when you’re going to ovulate. A broad spectrum fertility supplement will supply most of what you need to increase your fertility, along with a diet including lots of green vegetables, and snacks like walnuts that contain lots of anti-oxidants. Special Conditions Sometimes your fertility is impacted by health conditions that reduce your chances of getting pregnant. PCOS is caused by runaway insulin overproduction, which stimulate your body to also produce too much androgen and oestrogen. This causes your menstrual cycle to be disruptive, and delays when you ovulate – or even cancels ovulation altogether. One of the ways you can tackle this is trying to bring the level of insulin your body produces back down to a more normal level. You can do this through diet and exercise, which is challenging, but worthwhile. It’s also worth looking into supplements that can help. Inositol is a substance your body normally gets from food that helps it use insulin correctly – it’s theorised that PCOS may be caused by problems with inositol absorption and use. Taking a supplement may help your body use insulin better to support your weight loss and reduce food cravings, and help you develop a predictable, regular menstrual cycle. Timing Your Ovulations It’s important to try at the right time to give your body the best chance to get pregnant. Targeting your ‘fertile window’ – the days around when you ovulate – dramatically improves the likelihood that you’ll conceive. It’s even more important if you ovulate rarely, as you have less chances to get pregnant, and may miss them. OvuSense uses your Basal Body Temperature, our clinically tested algorithm, and a specialised sensor linked to an app to get you predictions of when you’re going to ovulate, even if your cycle is being disrupted by a condition like PCOS.