12 Ways to Improve Fertility

Making Babies author Jason Jackson is a naturopath who has helped more than 5,500 couples with fertility and reproductive health issues. Here are Jason's top 12 tips for how to improve fertility:

Go off any contraceptive pills or devices 3 to 6 months before attempting conception.

Limit or discontinue all unnecessary drugs/medications (under doctor's advice).

Males should avoid overheating on the testicles and consider wearing loose-fitting clothes and boxer under-shorts.

Consider adopting a pre-conception health program for both sexes 3 to 6 months prior to trying to fall pregnant.

Eat a good well-balanced diet and substitute with live organic wholesome foods where possible. A high quality multivitamin/mineral supplement designed for reproduction health may be recommended.

Nutrients of particular importance for male reproductive health may include: zinc; Vitamin B12; Vitamin C; Vitamin E; selenium; L-carnitine; Larginine; taurine; folic acid; and Co Q 10.

Herbs of particular importance for male reproductive health may include: tribulus; panax and Siberian ginseng; damiana; withania; saw palmetto; horny goat weed; maca root; morinda officinalis; oats; muira puama; rhodiola; shativari; and schisandra.

Nutrients of particular importance for female reproductive health may include: folic acid; zinc; Vitamin E; Vitamin C; essential fatty acids; Vitamin B complex (especially B6 and B12); Vitamin A (low dose); selenium (low dose); magnesium; and iron (if required).

Herbs of particular importance for female reproductive health may include: false unicorn root; true unicorn root; vitex; paeonia; shativari; tribulus; dong quai; liquorice; black cohosh; cramp bark; raspberry leaf; and wild yam.

If natural conception has not occurred after a full year of timed, unprotected intercourse, consider seeking further advice from your gynaecologist and/or natural therapist regarding tests and treatment options.

Avoid excessive exposure to STRESS, heavy metals, electro-magnetic fields, chemicals and other pollutants.

Further investigations such as: sperm analysis; blood work of hormone function; ultrasounds; and physical examinations may need to be considered to rule out any underlying medical condition that may be affective fertility.

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