Four Ways to Increase Fertility for Him and Her!


5:47 am November 14, 2011

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Infertility is not always only a woman’s issue. Both partners have to work together to for them to increase fertility and conceive faster. Many men and women dread the thought of not being able to get pregnant, but majority of all cases of difficulty in conceiving are alleviated only after a year of trying. Of course, during this entire year, couples incorporate the changes they need to increase fertility, such as the following.

1. For Her: Watch the weight

It was found out that women who had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 25 had two times more difficulty of getting pregnant than those who were within the healthy, normal BMI range of 20 to 25. Similarly, women who had a higher BMI also had a higher risk for insulin resistance, a disorder that is linked to the presence of multiple ovarian cysts, which does not help increase fertility in women. On the other hand women who were underweight, or those who have BMIs of less than 20 had even more difficulty getting pregnant than women who were found to be on the obese scale.

2. For Him: Watch the alcohol intake

Studies have shown that in men who smoke and drink alcohol regularly, the percentage of those who had completely normal sperm is only 12 percent, compared to 37 percent in those who didn’t smoke or drink. Other studies reveal that prior to in vitro fertilization, every additional glass of alcohol that a man drinks leads to two to eight times more chances of not conceiving. Increase fertility in men by cutting the drinks down to a moderate drinking, that is, two to three bottles every week.

3. For Her: Cut down on caffeine

Caffeine junkies have to give up their favorite drug if they are trying to increase fertility so they can get pregnant faster. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine says that drinking more than five cups of coffee, or about 500 milligrams of caffeine, everyday decreases chances of getting pregnant. Reduce your caffeine intake to only two cups of coffee or substitute your caffeine fix with a cup of green tea instead. It has less caffeine, about 15 to 40 milligrams per cup, and it has antioxidants that help improve reproductive health and increase fertility.

4. For Him: Cut down on soy food

It’s not just found in tofu. Soy is found in a lot of packaged foods marketed to men who like to keep themselves fit these days. Soy is found in soy-based health shakes, energy bars, and fake soy-based meat patties that are said to be healthier than mostly everything else. However, soy doesn’t help increase fertility in men; it reduces it.

A study found out that men who had higher soy intake had 41 million/milliliter less sperm cells than those who only ate an average amount of soy foods. The study also reveals that men who bordered on and who were on the obese range of BMIs and had higher soy intake had higher risks for infertility than those with normal BMIs but also ate lots of soy foods. The trick is to minimize the consumption of soy to be on the safe side.

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