Have you been struggling to fall pregnant? Or have you been recently diagnosed with unexplained infertility? Did you know that having balanced, happy hormones has a lot to do with boosting female fertility.
Knowing how to balance these hormones, and understanding the importance of each hormone can really help you make small adjustments to your everyday life that will in turn help boost your fertility naturally.
I have women coming to me with infertility struggles on a daily basis. Through my clinical experience helping women get pregnant and through my own infertility journey, I’ve come up with 5 factors that can influence your fertility health by balancing your hormones to boost fertility naturally.
Gentle exercise is a key factor to helping boost fertility. I recommend fertility yoga to my clients as there are specific movements that help increase fertility by helping stimulate blood flow to the uterus.
If you’re not sure about fertility yoga, try going for a long but leisurely walk each day. The main artery that supplies blood to our legs is also responsible for providing blood to our uterus, and ovaries so gentle movement is a must, especially if you work in an office.
Gentle exercise daily naturally boosts your levels of Serotonin, the mood boosting hormone! Feeling happy and content is also key to falling pregnant.
It’s also important to note that exercising too much can have an adverse impact on ovulation. Excess exercise creates stress on the body, which takes energy and blood flow away from the reproductive organs, which is what we want to avoid.
DON’T COMPROMISE ON SLEEP
It’s crucial to get at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Sleep affects the production of our most important fertility hormones including estrogen, progesterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
A good night's sleep is vital to keeping these hormones in balance.
Another hormone affected by sleep is Leptin. Regular sleep is required to produce proper amounts of leptin, which regulates your menstrual cycle and intimately affects ovulation. Leptin levels change daily, and this change is a result of how well you slept the night before.
If you struggle sleeping, I recommend getting yourself into a bedtime routine that works for you. Turn off your phone, take a hot bath, spray some lavender on your pillow and try to relax yourself to sleep.
TRY TO REDUCE STRESS
Stress produces cortisol, and high levels of cortisol can affect the production of other hormones like progesterone and estrogen (two hormones vital to boosting fertility).
Try increasing your levels of Dopamine and Oxytocin, two happy hormones! Do this by spending time with loved ones (a hug works wonders) and at work or at home give yourself realistic goals to tick off your list. Ticking off this list will give you a hit of happy hormones that’ll help ease your levels of stress.
If you do feel stressed, take 10 deep breaths, and indulge in something you love to help ease your mind.
EAT THE RIGHT FOODS
Different foods have different effects on a woman and a man's fertility. I provide my couples with bespoke diets to follow to help balance their hormones to boost fertility.
One thing I do recommend is choosing organic, pasture-raised meats, organic fruits, and veggies, and clean fats and oils. It’s also vital to get the right amount of the fatty acids, fiber and healthy protein.
In the conception period, it’s best to avoid any type of diet such as no intermittent fasting and keto as the body needs all the important nutrients to conceive.
I advise my clients to eat small portions 5 times a day to keep insulin level stable, thus keeping hormones in balance.
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INCORPORATE SUPPLEMENTS INTO YOUR DIET
Nutritional deficiencies have been linked to ovulation issues, hormonal imbalance, poor egg quality, and low sperm count. Certain nutrients such as vitamin D, folate, fish oil, CoQ10, and prenatal vitamins specifically promote fertility health and prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy.
If you’d like further information on which supplements you should take, feel free to send me a message and I can advise you. It’s not the same for everyone so it’s best to get bespoke advice. I can suggest taking an unknown miracle fertility booster called Vitex Agnus-Castus fruit that is known to balance hormones. You can read more about this supplement in my blog here.
Your hormones affect your fertility, mood, energy, weight, and even your happiness! Estrogen and progesterone are two of the most important hormones for optimal fertility, and they need to be happy and balanced to prepare your body for pregnancy.
To determine where your hormones are (and which ones might be out of balance), I always recommend doing a comprehensive hormone test so we can get a baseline read on your hormone levels. If you’d like further information, subscribe to my mailing list or email me directly on email@example.com.