Doctor Explains How To Optimize Your Natural Fertility

More women are postponing childbearing to focus on their careers. However, once a couple has decided they want to start a family, one in six are finding they face difficulties conceiving.

It can be uncomfortable talking about these very personal issues, but many factors can affect fertility. However, there are ways to maximize your natural fertility and increase your chances of having a baby.

The first step in maximizing your fertility is understanding your menstrual cycle. If you have regular monthly periods, you will likely ovulate around day 14 of your cycle (counting from the first day you start bleeding).

Get To Know Your Cycle

Ovulation refers to the process in which your ovary releases an egg for fertilization. Knowing when you ovulate is essential because that's when you're most fertile.

Having intercourse a day after ovulation is unlikely to yield a pregnancy as the fertile window has passed.

Time Intercourse Around Ovulation

Being overweight or obese can disrupt the delicate balance of hormones needed for ovulation and fertilization. Additionally, excess body fat can lead to inflammation and insulin resistance, which can further interfere with fertility.

Maintain a Healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)

What you eat impacts your fertility. Observational studies show that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, omega-3 fatty acids, and lean protein often help improve reproductive health.

Eat a Fertility-Friendly Diet

By understanding the biology of fertility, women can make informed choices about when to start a family. Several treatments available can help women conceive later in life, but these are more likely to be successful if they are started before age 40.

Keep Your Biological Clock in Mind

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