How to Boost Your Chances of Pregnancy
Trying to conceive? Pregnancy is a time of joy and of blooming. However, not everyone can conceive when they want to. Getting pregnant may seem effortless for some, yet it can be a struggle for others. Here are 7 simple lifestyle changes to help boost your chances of fertility.
7 ways to boost your chances of pregnancy
1. Sleep early and rest well
Sleep helps you to relax and keep mood swings at bay. It also produces the leptin hormone that affects ovulation and the menstrual cycle.
2. Exercise moderately
Low-impact exercises such as brisk walking, leisure golfing or light aerobics help to maintain a healthy weight and improve chances of conception. Being overweight or obese lowers the chance of conception as well as increases the risk of miscarriage, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and so on.
3. Relax, take it easy
Stress can greatly alter your ovulation cycle and hormone production and mess with your ability to conceive. Just relax and let nature take its course.
4. Practice feminine hygiene
Yeast and bacterial infections in a woman’s intimate area may affect fertility, so it’s wise to use a good feminine hygiene product with natural herbs and oils to gently remove impurities and clear harmful bacteria without affecting the good bacteria.
5. Switch to antibacterial sanitary pads
During your menses, the pH level of your intimate area becomes more alkaline and susceptible to bacterial infections. Switching to sanitary pads with antibacterial, anti-infection and anti-humidity properties may benefit you in your conception endeavours.
6. Ensure a regular menstrual cycle
The most vital element to getting pregnant is to first ensure your period is healthy and regular. Without a regular cycle, not only is it difficult to determine your ovulation timeframe but it also means you have a slower production of eggs.
7. Protect the male vitality
Advise your partner to keep smartphones away from front pockets or belts – anywhere close to his genitals - to prevent sperms from exposure to electromagnetic waves and heat.
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What if I'm not pregnant after 6 months
Have you experienced a difficulty in conceiving even after trying for many months? Maybe you even tried different techniques, positions and methods but to no avail? Is it normal? Let us help you answer some of these questions:
What is infertility?
Infertility is the:
- Inability to conceive after trying for 1 year for people aged 35 years and below.
- Inability to conceive after trying for 6 months for people aged 35 years and above.
Did you know?Infertility affects about
15% of the Malaysian
population and about
50-80 million people
on a worldwide scale.
It’s an incredibly
Is infertility gender-biased?
Contrary to popular belief, infertility is not solely a woman’s issue but a problem faced by both males and females. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, about 40% of infertility in couples are actually caused or contributed by male infertility.
Common causes of infertility:
- Age (>38 years old)
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Hormone imbalance (both men and women)
- Low sperm count / morphology (shape of head) / motility (speed of sperm)
- Tubal damage
- Uterine abnormalities