1. Educate Yourself and Ask Questions
The first key to taking charge of your fertility is to educate yourself. Learn all that you can about your body, how the menstrual cycle works, when ovulation occurs, etc. Also if you have a fertility issue, learn all that you can about the imbalance and what your options are.
Another way to learn as much as you can is to ask questions. If you are working with a health care practitioner ask them questions if you don’t understand something. Know what every option they give you entails and what the risks/benefits are. Because ultimately you are the one who makes the final decision and decisions are easiest when you have as much information as you can get.
To make sure all of your questions get answered, let your /doctor practitioner know before the consultation that you will need some time set aside as you will have some questions. Come with questions written down, and write down additional ones during the consultation. If you do not have access to a natural practitioner near you, you can book an online email fertility consultation with one of our herbalists who can help you with natural fertility questions and suggestions.
2. Get Testing Done
If you have been trying to get pregnant for over a year and still no success, testing would be the next step. Testing will help you to pinpoint why an issue is occurring so you can start doing something about it. There are many different types of tests that can be done. This list is by no means exhaustive but here are some of the most common tests available. Not all of these tests are needed for everyone. Ask your doctor which ones to start with or which tests may apply to you.
- Hormonal Testing – Testing the hormones to see where your progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone levels are at can help to give you in-site to why many women can not get pregnant or sustain a pregnancy. One of the most common fertility issues we see regularly is low progesterone or some type of hormonal imbalance. Herbs and natural therapies have been very successful in helping to correct a hormonal imbalance.
Sperm Testing – Low sperm counts or sperm anomalies can also prevent pregnancy from occurring. Getting a semen analysis is one of the easiest and fastest fertility tests available. There are many male fertility supplements and herbs that can be used to help the body produce healthier sperm as well as increase the counts if it is determined the counts are low.
Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) – This is a test done to see if the fallopian tubes are blocked. A small amount of dye is injected into the fallopian tubes through the cervix. An x-ray is then used to see if the dye flows freely through the tubes or if there are any blockages. Depending on how bad the damage is and where the blockages are located natural therapies have successfully been used to help dissolve and break down adhesion’s found in the fallopian tubes.
Nutritional Profile Testing – Testing for nutritional deficiencies can be helpful in creating a diet and nutrition program that is specific to your body and needs. Many nutritional deficiencies can cause fertility imbalances like lack of ovulation or menses.
Ask your doctor about all of your testing options as there are many.
3. Eat Right for Fertility
One of the first things we work on with every single one of our clients is their diet. Everything you eat and drink as well as the things you avoid can have a big impact on your fertility. Nutrition is what builds, fuels and runs our cells. YOU are the only one who chooses what goes into your body and what you avoid. The power in taking charge of your fertility is also taking responsibility for your choices and making the best choices you can every day.
4. Take a Step Everyday
There are many things you can do naturally and inexpensively that can help you to boost your fertility. One of the best ways to take charge of your fertility is to do something everyday for your fertility. Whether that means drinking a fertility smoothie, doing a fertility cleanse, applying Self Fertility Massage or using herbs, take a step everyday towards supporting your reproductive system. One key I have found to success in anything you wish to accomplish is to keep moving forward, step by step.
5. Know Your Cycle and Body
A really important component to fertility is knowing and tracking your fertility cycle. One of the easiest ways to do that is to fertility chart. It only takes one minute every morning to take your temperature upon rising and write it into a chart. After the first cycle you will begin to see a pattern and learn the length of your cycle. You can learn more about fertility charting here…
Here are some things to know about your body which will tell you a lot about your fertility health:
- What color is your menstruation?
- Is it thick, does it flow?
- Do you ovulate? How do you know this?
- Is your cervical mucous the correct consistency?
- Do you get PMS?
- How do you feel after you eat certain foods?
- Do you drink enough water?
- Do you feel rested everyday after you wake?
- Do you feel constantly stressed?
When you know your body and what your cycle is like you can then know which herbs or therapies to look into. You may find this herbal guide to menstrual help useful at that point.
Not only will taking charge of your fertility make the journey more enjoyable, it will also improve your success rates. Please share with us some of the ways you have taken charge of your fertility today.