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9 Ways to Increase Fertility Naturally

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9 Ways to Increase Fertility Naturally

By Kristin Ohlson, Experience Life

You’ve been trying to start a family without success for the past year or more, you’re not alone. As many as one in 10 Americans will experience infertility, according to RESOLVE, a national infertility association. While the causes are not completely understood, research suggests contributing factors may include poor nutrition, environmental agents and stress — symptoms common to other health issues. The fact that many women are waiting longer to start families also plays a role.

The good news is that there are a number of natural, noninvasive options for treating infertility, and embracing them can often help improve general well-being and vitality.

If you’ve been struggling for a while to get pregnant, seek medical testing to rule out any physical impediments, like blocked tubes. In the meantime, consider working with a healthcare professional who takes an integrative approach to infertility.

Instead of focusing strictly on ovulation and conception, integrative practitioners look at the big picture. They work to correct hormonal imbalances and biochemical problems that can be triggered by factors such as toxins, a poor diet and anxiety. They see infertility as being symptomatic of a larger, systemic issue.

“Remember the spot-reducing craze of the 1980s?” asks holistic health counselor Alisa Vitti, founder of FLO Living, a healthcare center for women in New York City. “We thought we could do certain exercises to get rid of ‘saddlebags.’ Now we know you have to work on the whole body and increase your metabolic rate, build your muscle mass and so on. Same thing with fertility. The best way to protect it is to use food and lifestyle to support the overall function of the endocrine and reproductive systems.”

That means consciously working to improve health before even attempting to get pregnant, especially if you’re over 35, when the decline in the frequency of ovulation can make conception harder.

“We used to think it only made a difference what women did while they were pregnant,” says Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, NP, cofounder of the Women to Women clinic in Yarmouth, Maine, and author of Are You Tired and Wired? (Hay House, 2011). “Now we know that it’s important to begin these changes during the year before you get pregnant. A lot of women don’t even realize that they’re pregnant until they’re already six or seven weeks in, so it’s important to make that conscious shift to a healthy body early on.”

If you want to start a family, today or sometime down the road, these nine strategies can help make your dream a reality.

First: nutrition matters

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8:51PM PST on Jan 31, 2014

My name is RODA, I am from UK I want to share my experience on how I got my baby, despite the doctor said I couldn't have any, because of my health, I was Barry since the year 2008 I could not give birth to babies, until one of my family friend introduce a GREAT SPELL CASTER to me called DR LAWCY, I never knew DR LAWCY could even solve my problems, when I contacted him despite the situation on ground he told me that he is going to help me, and he gave to me some herbs to take and casted some spell on me, all thanks to GOD that sent DR LAWCY to me, just after three months I became pregnant for me husband, now I am a mother of three children, I want to thank DR LAWCY for his good work, if you are out there passing through this same problem, you can also contact him on his email on drlawcyspellhome@gmail.com and I pray to GOD that same way he helped me, he shall help you also, thanks for part of my testimony..

3:36PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

thanks

1:05AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Many thanks for the article!!

5:53AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Why increase fertility? The world is overpopulated!

5:17PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Thanks.

11:09AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Thanks for the article!

11:08AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Thanks

9:21AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

6:55AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Noted...Thanks

5:50AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Thanks for article on a topic that is very personal and difficult for some couples. Along these lines, NaPro technology also may help couples get to the root of infertility. http://naprotechnology.com/ It is also disappointing to see some posters perpetuate an anti-child mindset based on outdated 1970’s “population bomb” concepts. World food and resource production has never been higher due to human ingenuity. Most countries are already experiencing birth rates at or below the replacement rate to sustain their future population. http://overpopulationisamyth.com/.

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