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World Infertility Awareness Month
a blog by Kim Griffiths, June 17, 2013
June is World Infertility Awareness Month and we can’t think of a better time to be proactive about your fertility treatment. Here are five things you can do to take charge of your fertility and get started on the road to parenthood:
- Get to know Aunt Flo. If you haven’t already, start getting a clearer picture of your menstrual cycles. Are you a “regular” 28-day-cycle girl? Do you only get three periods per year? Start charting your Basal Body Temperature (BBT), cervical mucus, and cervical position or use Ovulation Prediction Kits (OPKs) to learn how your body works. Once you get a better idea of your cycles, you can understand your most fertile time or need for fertility treatment.
- Have your partner tested. This is often overlooked, but having a semen analysis is equally as important as testing your ovarian reserve. Your doctor should not prescribe fertility drugs or attempt treatment on you without knowing the state of your partner’s fertility. For example, if your partner has zero measurable sperm, you should not take Clomid to ovulate because it simply won’t work. It is best to have both partners tested and devise a treatment plan that addresses both female and male fertility concerns.
- Kick bad habits. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can impair both egg and sperm reserves. Seek out the assistance of your doctor or a support group to get the help you need to quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption. Sperm regenerate every three months, but ovarian reserve is finite. Optimizing your health is the best thing you can do to boost your odds of conceiving.
- Exercise and eat right. Light to moderate exercise and increasing your intake of vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats can regulate hormone levels, reduce inflammation as in endometriosis, and can increase your fertility. Be sure to take a vitamin or prenatal vitamin supplement, and talk to your doctor about taking prescription strength folic acid. Remember, anything that is good for your heart is good for your fertility, so eat right and get your heart pumping!
- Mind your emotions. Infertility can be a very stressful journey and can certainly cause strain in a relationship. Talk to a professional counselor, local support group, or join a support forum like FertileThoughts.com for the support you need. Your partner is wonderful, but sometimes a third party can help you process your thoughts and feelings and may even be able to relate to how you’re feeling.
Come chat with Kim on FertileThoughts.com as KimAtFertilityAuthority or email email@example.com for more fertility pointers.