Most couples trying to conceive are focused on getting pregnant as soon as possible; however, fertility and issues with infertility can make that reality difficult to achieve. Nearly 12% of the child-bearing population faces problems with fertility. While engaging in intercourse as close to ovulation as possible is important, timing is not the only issue involved in a couple’s fertility.
Pregnancy involves a very specific process comprised of many steps. Initially, a woman’s body must release an egg from the ovaries which is then joined by the male’s sperm. After fertilization, the egg travels through the fallopian tube toward the uterus and then moves inside and attaches to the uterus. As such, infertility or complications with fertility can occur at several different levels.
For a pregnancy to be conceived, both the male and the female must be fertile. While it generally requires medical analyses to determine the fertility level, several symptoms of infertility may help identify precursory fertility complications. In a female, abnormal periods, irregular periods, absent periods and even painful periods may be signs of infertility. Likewise, skin changes, differences in sex drive and weight gain may be additional signs of infertility. Symptoms are harder to identify in men; however, some signs may include changes in hair growth, differences in sexual desire, a pain or lump in the testicles, problems with erections and ejaculation and small or firm testicles.
Home Remedies to Boost Fertility
With the expense of artificial insemination and fertility treatment costs being both financially and emotionally overwhelming, many individuals are interested in other options. Several home remedies for fertility are easily available and particularly effective. Apple cider vinegar, chasteberry tincture and red raspberry leaf infusions are all possible remedies to increase fertility.
Additional supplements that are helpful for treating menstrual issues related to fertility issues include elethro root, dong quai, vitamin B12, folic acid, maca root, cherry blossom and yarrow root. For men, important supplements to support fertility include zinc, selenium, CoQ10, vitamin E, vitamin C, l-carnitine and antioxidants. Living a healthy, active lifestyle and avoiding excessive stress also facilitate a more natural approach to fertility.
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