Tips to Optimize Fertility
Source: American Society of Reproductive Medicine
- Maintain a healthy weight. Fertility is clearly decreased in women who are very thin or obese. Many medical experts suggest women stay at a healthy weight when trying to conceive.
- Adopt a healthier lifestyle. Maintaining a regular exercise routine, eating a balanced diet, and taking prenatal vitamins are suggested ways to make sure you are healthy for pregnancy.
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol use. Moderation is key, so it is fine to have coffee at 1-2 cups per day when you are trying to conceive. It is also recommended to limit alcohol at 2 drinks per day.
- If you smoke, now is a good time to quit. Smoking cigarettes has been associated with reduced fertility in both men and women.
- Track your ovulation cycle. Generally, ovulation occurs 14 days prior to the next period. Ovulation predictor kits (like the Clear Blue Digital Ovulation Tracker) can be used to help monitor hormonal changes in the body.
- Have sex during the “fertile window”. This is the time in a cycle when pregnancy can occur and is usually the six-day interval ending on the day of ovulation.
- Have more frequent intercourse. Long periods of abstinence can actually decrease the quality of sperm, so many experts suggest having sex every 1-2 days during the fertile window.
- Use a fertility friendly lubricant. Some water based lubricants, such as K-Y and Astroglide, may decrease sperm motility. Pre-Seed Fertility-Friendly Lubricant has no such affect and can be used as needed when trying to conceive.
Top 4 Causes of Infertility
When you are Trying to Conceive everyone has advice and information for you! One can feel so flooded with advice and information, it can be difficult to really know what to do. If you have been having unprotected intercourse for 6 or more months and aren’t getting pregnant, it is time to talk to your doctor and get help ruling out the Big 4 reasons for fertility failure.
Most of the time one of four problems is the source of infertility:
- Poor Sperm Quality.
- Abnormal Cycle.
- Tubal Problem.
- Poorly Timed Intercourse.
Some component of abnormal or poor quality sperm accounts for couples not conceiving at least 50% of the time. A sperm analysis should be done by a trained Andrologist or a Fertility Urologist, and should be done using World Health Organization Standards. If the man's test is abnormal, repeat it once more to confirm the results.
Also, remember with guys quality counts! Enhancing the feeling of intercourse for him as well as increasing foreplay leads to more sperm he can produce. Our packages of Pre-Seed call it “seriously fun baby-making” for a reason!
An abnormal ovulation cycle plays a large part in keeping couples from getting pregnant. Hormonal abnormalities are often the cause and can greatly affect and even stop ovulation. It may also result in chemical pregnancy as well as losses.
Working with an ObGyn or Reproductive Endocrinologist to evaluate how your ovaries are functioning is critical. While you are waiting, keep a careful, detailed log of when you have your period, when you have any ovulation mucus, and any other information on your cycle. A great book on monitoring this is Toni Weschler's “Taking Charge of Your Fertility.”
Many women may have blocked tubes and not even realize it. Tubal blockage keeps the sperm and egg from meeting and the only way to know if you suffer from tubal blockage is to have special testing done.
In general, couples often wait too long to have this testing. When you are trying to get pregnant it is important for you to know what is going on with your body and in some cases the testing itself can help promote conception. If you have had a history of Chlamydia or bacterial vaginosis it is imperative to have this checked!
Many couples do not have intercourse at the right time or they quit baby-making too soon. If you are unsure of your ovulation, regular intercourse 3 times a week throughout the month has been shown to be almost as effective as every day intercourse.
Too many couples have daily sex for 2-3 days early on during ovulation and then stop, only to actually miss the woman’s fertile time. Ovulation prediction tests (such as Clearblue) can help pinpoint when to get serious about baby-making, if the prospect of everyday loving becomes daunting. Pre-Seed can provide fertility-friendly lubrication to keep intimacy during baby-making fun and enjoyable for both partners.
How Can Pre-Seed Help?
If you need help with dryness, as many couples do, Pre-Seed lubricant was developed specifically to match fertile fluids (fertile cervical mucus) in its pH, ion concentration and consistency. Pre-Seed is the first and only lubricant that is allowed to say that it is safe to use when trying to conceive, following FDA review of the Pre-Seed safety studies
Does Clomid Cause Vaginal Dryness?
Usually during ovulation, cervical mucus changes to allow sperm to swim through the mucus. Although its wide-spread use has helped many couples conceive, clomiphene citrate (CC or clomid) decreases cervical mucus production and quality ("egg-white” like consistency). In fact, women using CC are seven times more likely to have "hostile" cervical mucus that is difficult for sperm to penetrate than are women not on the medication.
Women taking CC also have an increased prevalence of vaginal dryness which can cause pain at intercourse and decrease enjoyment for the man (which can decrease sperm counts). Many women on CC are therefore also using lubricants that can harm sperm. These women may be creating a vaginal environment that limits sperm transport. Pre-Seed lubricant can replenish vaginal moisture without harming sperm. Many of the Users’ Stories sent into Preseed.com are from couples who were using Clomid and found that Pre-Seed relieved medication side effects, including dryness and poor fertile fluid production.