Tips for naturally supporting your fertility
Recently a member of our community asked us how you can increase your chances of ovulation. This is a bit of a complicated question. My first point here is if you know you’re not ovulating, it’s super important that you see a doctor for an evaluation. It’s critical to touch base with a medical professional and assess why this might be the case.
That being said, if you want some tips to increase your chances of naturally falling pregnant, I do have some advice for you! Let’s get into it:
- Think about what you are putting in your body. People who eat high amounts of fruit, veggies, whole grains, non-processed foods, lower sugar and lower meat have a greater probability of getting pregnant faster.
- Pay attention to your period. Your period is a vital sign. Meaning that it is telling you crucial information about how your brain and your ovaries are communicating. If something is awry with your period, then your body is telling you something and you should tune into this. For example, if your cycle is not regular, meaning that you are not ovulating regularly, then this is the first thing you need to address with your healthcare provider.
- Don’t smoke. We know that smoking can actually decrease the total number of eggs that you have as well as increase the risk of abnormalities inside the eggs. It can also impair ovulation, you can go into menopause earlier.
- Where possible, protect yourself from the risk of STIs. Chlamydia infection in particular can have a huge impact on the fallopian tubes. Obviously, no one wants an STI, but wearing condoms and having discussions with sexual partners about STI status is going to be one of the smartest things you can do.
- If you are trying to get pregnant and are taking prescription medications, please let your primary care team know so they can switch you from any medications that may not be compatible with pregnancy to ones that are safe and not teratogenic – meaning associated with birth defects.
- No sex position is superior to another one as long as ejaculation is achieved. Sperm are rapid swimmers, they know what to do, no matter what position you’re in!
- If you are timing intercourse, you want to aim to have sex the day before and the day of ovulation. Using a tracking app can help you determine this.
- Finally, if you’re trying to conceive, it’s super important to reduce stress. High cortisol can make it hard for the body to determine if it is a good time to get pregnant. Try relaxation techniques, exercise, counselling and ensure that you have a good support system in place.
If you’re looking for products that are conception safe, take a look at our Fertility Support collection. Always remember to check in with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements, though!
Zoe Sever is Unfabled's Clinical Lead. Zoe brings a wealth of knowledge from her broad spanning background, having started her career in Nursing and transitioning to Sexology and Research. She holds a Master’s in Sexual and Reproductive Health and is currently pursuing a PhD in Women’s and Reproductive Health at Oxford University. On a mission to empower individuals with cycles to better understand their bodies, Zoe is helping us to banish shame, stigma and demystify reproductive health.