1 Men - keep cool
Sperm develops best at a lower temperature. Men who sit with computers on their laps can have reduced fertility levels. Keeping a mobile phone in your front pocket can also increase testicular temperature.
Avoid long, hot baths. One study found that switching to cool showers increases sperm production by five times. Change from tight pants and trousers to roomier clothes. (Sarongs are going too far!)
2 Moderate exercise
Women who do moderate exercise are three times more likely to conceive through IVF than those with sedentary lives, according to research by the University of North Carolina.
Exercise stops the body producing excessive insulin, which is thought to harm development of healthy eggs.
Excessive exercise, on the other hand, increases testosterone levels and can lead to amenorrhoea and reduced fertility
3 Soak up the sunshine
Sunlight boosts fertility in both men and women by increasing levels of vitamin D. The Medical University of Graz in Austria found vitamin D increases levels of the female sex hormones progesterone and oestrogen, which regulate periods and make conception more likely. It also boosts sperm count.
4 Take time to relax
“Stress can have a huge impact on female fertility,” says consultant gynaecologist Michael Dooley. “It can also slow male sperm production and lower libido.”
5 Eat more dairy
Women who eat one serving of full-fat dairy a day reduce their risk of infertility by more than a quarter, a Harvard University study in America found. Dairy fat helps the ovaries work well.
However if you have a dairy intolerance the low level inflammation this can cause can reduce fertility. See my article on food intolerance testing
6 Take multivitamins
Research at the Royal Free Hospital, London, showed taking a daily prenatal vitamin – containing key nutrients for conception like folic acid, vitamin B12 and selenium – could more than double your chance of becoming pregnant.
7 Cut out toxins
Male smokers are 50% more likely to be impotent and have lower sperm counts. Female smokers have a 30% lower fertility rate than non-smokers. Smoking can also prevent an embryo implanting in the uterus. Smoking reduces the oxygen carrying capacity of your blood – sperm and egg production is a high energy process and needs a good oxygen supply
Drink less alcohol. Drinking excessively has been found to reduce ovulation and sperm production
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