Can you boost your fertility ?

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Trying to get pregnant can be stressful and confusing work, especially if you’ve been trying to conceive for several months. Often, when struggling with infertility,the first thing a couple will do is to ask Dr know it all.

1.Age trumps all

As women get older, egg quality and quantity decrease and the body begins to prepare itself for menopause (this typically happens in a woman’s 40s but can start much earlier). The odds of a 30-year-old woman conceiving every cycle are just 20 percent; they drop to five percent per cycle after the age of 40. Several studies have also noted that there’s a significant decrease in female fertility around the age of 35.

While there’s no need to panic, it’s important that women understand that age heavily affects conception, says Marjorie Dixon, who specializes in women’s reproductive health. She recommends that women in their mid-30s try to conceive naturally but also consult a fertility expert to discuss the reality of the situation. That way, if a positive pregnancy test doesn’t appear after three months of trying, there’s a Plan B in place.

2.Magic foods don’t exist

There are several stories online that suggest eating large amounts of specific foods, such as pineapple, sweet potatoes, eggs and whole dairy, can increase fertility, but Dixon says they’re not to be trusted. There’s little scientific proof that loading up on one food or another will boost a woman’s chances of conceiving. All that matters is that you eat a healthy mix of good-for-you foods every day

3.Magic foods don’t exist

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There are several stories online that suggest eating large amounts of specific foods, such as pineapple, sweet potatoes, eggs and whole dairy, can increase fertility, but Dixon says they’re not to be trusted. There’s little scientific proof that loading up on one food or another will boost a woman’s chances of conceiving. All that matters is that you eat a healthy mix of good-for-you foods every day.

4.Position doesn’t matter

“From lying down to keeping the pelvis elevated post-coitus to keep sperm inside the uterus, there are all kinds of myths about how sexual positions affect conception,” says Kashyap. “None of them makes sense.” The reason is simple: A man’s semen is made up of several things, including 100 million to 200 million sperm. Once inside the uterus, it only takes a few minutes for each to start swimming its way through cervical mucus to the Fallopian tubes.

In the end, experts agree there isn’t a lot anyone can do to improve his or her fertility. Timing and age are key, as is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “There’s only one way to get pregnant, and that’s to be healthy and have sex regularly,” says Yuzpe. “Reproduction is a normal physiological process. Physiologically, these myths don’t make sense.”