15 natural fertility boosters
Trying to conceive without success? Before you opt for IVF try these natural remedies.
The average couple with no medical problems has only a 15 to 20 per cent chance of conceiving per menstrual cycle so it's commonsense to maximise your chances.
Here are 15 natural ways to boost your fertility.
1. Make love regularly
It sounds obvious, but the more practice a man has at making sperm the stronger they are. Plus, as sperm can live in the body for around five days regular sex will maximise the chance that sperm will be in your body during the 24 hours you're most fertile each month.
2. Cut down on caffeine
Research has shown that as little as one cup of coffee per day can halve your chances of conception.
3. Keep him cool
Heat around his scrotum is a problem for sperm. Overheating the testicles can have a negative effect on sperm production and movement. This is why nature situated the testicles outside the body to keep them cool. So get him to wear loose cotton underwear and avoid tight jeans or trousers. Sitting with legs crossed or driving for long periods can also cause problems.
4. Stop excessive dieting
Researchers at Ohio University found that when women cut calories too much, their levels of reproductive hormones also went down, reducing the chance of ovulation.
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