Download our free fertility checklist to see what factors might be affecting your fertility
Infertility is not always caused by one standout issue. In fact, it’s more likely to be a combination of minor factors that when changed can transform your health and fertility.
Where to start?
Download our free checklist to quickly see any areas where you might need to make some changes to boost your natural fertility. Click here to join our FREE Toolbox to access this and many other awesome goodies created to support you on your fertility journey. https://yourfertilityhub.com/join-toolbox/
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Gabriela Rosa sites these 11 factors as the most common barriers to getting pregnant:
Diet & Fluid Balance
It’s well known that a balanced, healthy, whole food diet can improve your health and fertility. For a quick guide to a good fertility diet and to listen to our interview with a fertility nutritionist, click here.
Water intake is something we often forget but simply being dehydrated can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Make sure you drink at least the recommended 8 glasses of water per day.
Too much or too little exercise can negatively impact your fertility. Most experts recommend moderate exercise, avoiding vigorous sports and not starting any new forms of exercise whilst trying to conceive.
When you’re going through fertility treatments, you’re often told not to exercise which can be frustrating for many. To hear how one fertility warrior got pregnant after giving up treatment and running a half marathon, click here.
Sleep is one of the most underestimated determiners of our health. It doesn’t just affect our concentration or make us feel tired when we don’t get at least 8 hours a night, it actually affects the functioning of our bodies in a truly fundamental way. Reduce stress on your body with a regular bedtime, wind-down routine and turning off electronic devices. Read more about how sleep affects your fertility here.
Infertility and stress, unfortunately, go hand-in-hand. Multiple research studies have now shown that stress can impact your natural fertility and the success of fertility treatments. It’s important to employ some stress-reduction strategies on a daily basis to help you cope with the ups and downs, manage your mindset and keep you on track.
Here at Your Fertility Hub, we specialise in supporting you through the emotional side of infertility and have a range of resources to help you.
- Join our free toolbox to access meditations, downloads and videos
- Read our top 5 ways to beat stress during infertility
- Download all your stress and emotions into our Stress Workbook (only $4.99 instant download) available in our shop
Anyone trying to conceive is advised to take Folate or Folic Acid. Apart from that, there is no standard advice for fertility supplements and it’s crucial you get individual advice on what supplements might be right for you as some can actually be harmful to some individuals. Read one fertility warrior’s advice on what supplements to take and not to take.
There is growing evidence that many of the pollutants and plastics in our environment are harming our natural fertility. BPA and Phthalates are known endocrine disrupters, which mean they disrupt our natural hormones.
It’s not easy to cut out all of these environmental challenges, but some small steps such as using BPA free plastics, cutting down on air fresheners (the worst culprits for phthalates!) and eating organic food can improve your fertile health.
Whole body alignment
This factor looks into your whole body, any other issues going on, your posture, movement and how aligned you are with your menstrual cycle. It can involve chiropractors, osteopaths or physios but is a wide-ranging definition for whole-body health.
Male reproductive health
Approximately 30% of fertility issues are caused by male-factors such as sperm mobility or motility, testicular trauma or lack of sperm. It’s important for both you and your partner to be checked by a fertility specialist to test for any underlying issues. Many of these can be resolved through improved health, supplements or procedures.
It’s also important men seek emotional support during infertility too, especially if the cause is known to be male-factor. Read this Huffington Post article campaigning for more support for men going through infertility,
Female reproductive health
Again approximately 30% of infertility is caused by female-factors – the same as male factors. However, it’s often the female put through more rigorous testing or tested first!
There are many things your fertility specialist can check for – overall menstrual health, PCOS, endometriosis, hormone imbalances e.g. FSH or AMH levels etc. Your menstrual health is an intricate system which can easily become out of balance – think of it as a window into your physical and mental health. Charting can help you spot any patterns or changes in your cycles and can be the first step in identifying any potential issues.
Mind over matter
Your mind is hugely powerful! As a mind-body specialist, I’m passionate about educating people about the amazing connection between your mind and your body. We’re always quick to diagnose and treat the body, but also need to look carefully at the role of our thoughts and emotions (and related hormones) in our health.
Getting support during infertility by accessing counselling or seeing a fertility coach is a must. You can also support yourself using some of our free tools in our Toolbox. Join today for free access to meditations, mindset tips, downloads and videos. We also provide online mini-courses to help you through Stress, Worrying and our revolutionary IVF Thrive course.
Don’t underestimate this area –
“In a recent study from Harvard University, women who went through a mind-body program were twice as likely to conceive compared to those that didn’t. 76% of them conceived naturally, despite their age, number of years of trying to conceive and any medical fertility diagnoses.”
To start a family, it’s important to look at the family as a whole. As a fertility coach, I often support women on wider issues within their family and work lives as these can have huge effects on health and fertility.
Interestingly, within the first coaching session, I normally find something pertinent that we need to work on in this area with each client. Review your current and past situations for anything that may be a factor in your infertility.
It’s not easy keeping motivated and strong during infertility, so make sure you are supporting yourself emotionally on your journey. Remember, this is what we specialise on at Your Fertility Hub so tune in to our podcast, join our Toolbox or join us on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest for regular inspiration and support tips.
Fertility Coach, Founder of Your Fertility Hub
Karenna Wood is an international fertility coach, founder of Your Fertility Hub and passionate advocate for more emotional support and information for women trying to get pregnant. She’s an expert in mind-body tools and when not blogging, podcasting, coaching or speaking is…fast asleep!