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Fertility can be enhanced by different natural ways. Nutrition, acupuncture, yoga and lifestyle changes are very important factors when trying to conceive.

NUTRITIONAL

Nutrition plays a big role when it comes to having a healthy body and reproductive system. Nutrition is the cornerstone of good health and wellbeing. It is particularly crucial at certain stages of life including fertility, conception, pregnancy, brain development, childhood growth and has a significant role to play in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular (heart and vessels) diseases.

  • Increase antioxidant intake. Antioxidants (substance that may protect the cells from damage) which help to protect the egg and sperm from free radicals are found in the foods. Examples of antioxidants include: Beta-carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E. Vegetables and fruits are rich sources of antioxidants.
  • Go organic. Studies have shown that organic vegetables and fruits have more nutritional value. Fruits and vegetables not only deliver a wealth of vitamins and minerals, they are also overflowing with free-busting radical micronutrients, like phytochemicals (natural chemical produced by a plant) and antioxidants.
  • Eat fish. Try to eat most cold water fish which supplies important fatty acids (omega 3) to the diet. These fatty acids aid in the production of hormones, reduce inflammation and help regulate the menstrual cycle. Fish is also a great source of protein and vitamin A and D.
  • Eat high fiber foods with each meal. Fibers helps to regulate the blood sugar levels which helps to reduce fertility issues such as obesity, PCOS, immunological issues, and promotes healthy hormonal balance.
  • Pump up on iron. Eat iron rich plants such as beans, spinach, tomatoes, pumpkin, beats and whole grains.
  • Carbohydrate are important, but slow carbs are better choice. Foods rich in fiber, such as vegetables, whole grain, fruits and beans are rich in carbohydrates that are digested slowly, improving fertility, controlling blood glucose and insulin levels.
  • Eat healthy fats. Nuts, vegetable oil, fish like salmon and sardines should be part of any healthy diet.
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption.
  • Drink lots of water.

ACUPUNCTURE

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient, traditional Chinese medicine treatment that relies on the painless but intended placement of tiny needles into acupuncture points to stimulate them. These points are arranged on a “grid-like” pattern that spans the body, from head to toe. The needles are used to stimulate certain key energy points, known as qi,(pronounced chee) believed to regulate spiritual, mental, emotional and physical balance.

It is believed that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances the qi. Acupuncture is the way to unblock or influence Chi and help it rebalance.

How acupuncture can be used to treat infertility?

Research has shown that acupuncture mightincrease the pregnancy success rates for women having in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Most experts think acupuncture improves fertility by helping blood flow to the uterus and ovaries and reducing the stress level. Stress stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which causes narrowing of ovarian arteries. Acupuncture prevents this sympathetic activity, improving blood flow to the ovaries, enhancing the environment in which ovarian follicles develop. It also increases blood flow to the uterus, improving the thickness of the endometrial lining and increasing the chances of embryo implantation

It hasalso been shown to affect hormone levels by promoting the release of beta-endorphin in the brain, which affects the release of gonadotropin-releasing-hormone (GnRH) by the hypothalamus, follicle stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland and estrogen and progesterone levels in the ovary.

Other research does suggest that acupuncture is effective in reducing stress. Since stress has been shown to interfere with getting pregnant, it makes sense that reducing the stress through acupuncture could theoretically improve thechances of conceiving. Some women find acupuncture helpful in coping with the stress they feel about trying to conceive.

Although acupuncture is fast becoming an accepted alternative treatment for infertility, not everyone agrees on how or why it works. Always remember that acupuncture must be performed by a licensed professional, however, it is important to understand that being licensed and certified does not guarantee expertise in reproductive disorders.

The best first step to treating fertility problems is to contact a specialist in reproductive medicine.

YOGA

Yoga is an ideal exercise before getting pregnant. It builds strength, balance, endurance and muscle tone, and it helps to relax from any stress- all things that will help the body to prepare when trying to achieve pregnancy.

There are many different methods of yoga, and a countless number of yoga poses that a person can perform. Each yoga pose helps to not only strengthen the body and mind, but can help you to regain balance in the body as well. Not only for physical balance and agility, but overall balance between all of the bodies functions.It has been also shown that yoga can reduce stress.

Talk to an expert yoga instructor (and your doctor) to find the yoga style that will work you.

PSYCHOLOGICAL

Stress is a prominent part of any society, whether it is physical, social or psychological. Infertility itself is stressful, due to societal pressures, testing, diagnosis, treatments, failures, unfulfilled desires and even fiscal costs with which it is associated.

Physical stress has been associated in influencing fertility. Moreover, psychological stress, such as anxiety disorder or depression affects women who attend infertility clinic much more compared to women without infertility. This is possibly due to infertility diagnosis and treatment.

The importance of including infertility counseling as part of reproductive medical treatment has been shown to have an influence to couples. Counseling is important to assess psychological readiness, explore consequences of decisions and prepare for the outcome of treatment along with support, education and information.

CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT

Many potential threats to reproductive health are encountered in daily life through biological (viruses), and physical (radiation and toxic chemicals) sources. These hazards may also have negative consequences for fertility.

Air Pollution is the release of pollutants such as sulfur dioxides, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and ozone into the atmosphere from motor vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions, the burning of coal and wood. Men exposed to higher levels of air pollution were more likely to experience abnormal sperm morphology (shape), decreased motility, and an increased chance of DNA fragmentation. Moreover, negative reproductive side effects of air pollution on women can include preterm delivery, miscarriage, stillbirth and fetal loss.

Many of the chemicals used world-wide in today's society, including pesticides and endocrine disruptors may have various damaging effects on the reproductive health of both men and women.

In addition, frequent exposure to various kinds and amounts of radiation can have lasting effects. Radiation that is in the form of x-rays and gamma rays can be harmful to the sensitive cells of the human body. The damage done depends on the age of the patients and dose, and eventually can result in permanent sterility.

Concerning environmental exposures, assessing the exposures of each individual may be important to reproductive health of the couple. Eliminating every exposure is unrealistic; however, identifying, eliminating or minimizing even one factor may have significant positive effects on fertility for both men and women.

IVI Middle East Fertility Clinic provides the highest standard of professional care in a friendly, comfortable and nurturing environment. For additional information on nutrition, acupuncture, yoga and counseling, please book and appointment with us.

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