Taking a holistic integrative approach to conceiving when it is proving difficult is essential. In the search for answers to fertility problems most tend to focus solely on their reproductive system and forget about their general health and whole wellbeing. Over several years of trying to get pregnant, I learnt this the hard way when my hormones started to misbehave and my stress levels soared! IVF cycles were not working and getting cancelled.
Eventually, I realised that even with a diagnosis of Infertility there was more to getting pregnant than just getting help from the fertility clinic. I had to look deeper and bring the whole of me to the challenge; sleep, rest & relaxation, good nutrition, excercise, mindset and striving for a more balanced less stressed life all contributed to healthier me who could step up to the rollercoaster ride of infertility. On reflection this approach helped my whole body prepare for conception and my hormonal (endocrine) system rebalance which is an integral part of getting pregnant for both women and men. This really was the inspiration for my Fertility Coaching practice.
I asked Orla from “Health by Orla” who is a registered Nutrition Practitioner, to share her views too in a guest blog and she has shared 6 great tips to improve your chances of conceiving either naturally or with fertility treatment, so handing over to Orla…
There is strong evidence that complementary treatment with an appropriate nutraceutical improves the natural conception rate of infertile couples and increases the success rate of assisted reproductive techniques” (Comhaire F, 2010, Andrologia, 42, 5, 331-40)
This is a strong statement and something that some people might find hard to believe, that the food you eat on a regular basis can affect your ability to conceive. Studies confirm that addressing lifestyle factors – including nutrition, weight, exercise, psychological stress, as well as environmental and occupational exposure – could have substantial effects on fertility.
It’s unfortunate to say that 1 in 6 coupes in Ireland suffer with infertility, which researchers define as the diminished ability or the inability to conceive and have offspring, or more specifically, failure to conceive after a year of regular intercourse without contraception.
The biggest cause of female infertility is PCOS or Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and for male infertility it is low production of testosterone. Both PCOS and low testosterone need to be properly diagnosed and assessed but you also need to look at getting your metabolism working again in order to increase your chances of conceiving. This is where diet and nutrition comes into play and here’s my top 6 strategies you can implement to help support your conception efforts.
Struggling with infertility can seem hopeless and disempowering at times, but know that a change in diet, nutrient status and lifestyle can positively impact so many aspects of your health, including your ability to conceive!
Yours in health
Orla Mc Laughlin
Registered Nutrition Practitioner
MSc, DipNT, MNTOI, CNHC