5 Tips to naturally increase fertility without using drugs!
The wonderful and amazing Dr Julie Von - A BodyLove Pilates expert - has shared some of her wisdom on fertility and how to increase yours without drugs! She is a wise, smart and insightful teacher - read please!
Fertility doesn’t become important to you until, well, you’re trying to get pregnant. And for many of us, it’s extremely frustrating. You spend your entire life trying to avoid getting pregnant and then when you’re ready to start a family, it doesn’t come so easy. More and more women are having problems with fertility caused by advanced age, reproductive issues, or other health issues. But according to Dr Julie Von, a Manhattan-based holistic doctor specializing in fertility, a few crucial steps can help you take control of your fertility. Here’s how to increase fertility, naturally.
What Does Your Cycle Say About Your Overall Health?
According to Dr. Von, tracking your menstrual cycle is important even before you’re trying to conceive because it can tell you a lot about your overall health.
“Blood is essential for life and women tend to use more blood than men,” she says. “The blood around menstruation tells you what’s leftover and hasn’t been used up in the course of the month.”
Dr. Von says that women who have extremely short menstrual cycles tend to have too little blood, whether as a result of restrictive diets like vegan or vegetarian diets, or really intense exercise regimens. These women may need to build their blood back up. On the other hand, women who have extremely heavy flows, or a back up of flow, may need more movement in the body. This can be an indication of inflammation in the body or problems with digestion.
A healthy flow usually ranges from four to seven days. It starts fresh and full and then tappers off. It’s usually bright in color and doesn’t contain clots. Additionally, it doesn’t start and stop, it’s continuous until the end.
When Can You and When Can You Not Get Pregnant?
If you want to get pregnant, you have to understand when you can and cannot get pregnant. Of course, you could just have sex the whole time, but in the event you can’t have sex everyday, knowing your ovulation schedule is crucial. Most women ovulate on day 14 of their menstrual cycle. But everyone is different, and being able to track your ovulation schedule is key to fertility. Additionally, by tracking your ovulation, you’ll know whether or not you’re ovulating at all. If you’ve been on birth control for 20 years, it may take a while to come back. In which case you should talk with your doctor. Here’s how to track your ovulation schedule:
1. There’s an app for that.
Many gynecologists will tell you to get an ovulation tracker app for your phone. By simply typing in the days of your period, it will tell you ideally when you’re ovulating. But here’s the deal: though it is a good idea to use an app, it just tells you when most people ovulate and some people have either longer or shorter cycles. In addition to using an app, you should also take a few other steps to track your schedule.
2. Use an ovulation kit.
Simple ovulation kits that you buy at the drug store can help track ovulation by testing for the presence of a particular hormone in your body.
3. Track your basal body temperature.
According to Dr. Von, this is the most effective way to track your ovulation. It takes a little time, but it’s really effective at tracking your particular ovulation schedule and how it can change from month to month. Each morning when you wake up, take your body temperature and write it down. Notice when your body temperature drops (be it ever so slightly). When it goes back up again, that’s the start of ovulation. This way you’ll notice whether a month of insomnia, excessive alcohol, or even extensive travel impacted your schedule.
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