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8 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Fertility

When trying to get pregnant turns into frustration, it’s a good idea to start exploring all the areas that could impact you ability to conceive. Here’s 8 suggestions that will help you take control of of the process.

Getting pregnant can be the simplest thing in the world or the most complicated when it’s not going as planned. There can be so much pain and emotion associated with the struggles of conception. When a couple faces infertility issues and starts stressing about becoming pregnant, the added pressure and self doubt unfortunately don’t help the body get into a relaxed and receptive state conducive to getting pregnant.

The Centers for Disease Control, CDC, reports that each year it is estimated that as many as 4.7 million couples experience infertility. When you take into account the fact that this number is based upon only the number of men who visit an infertility doctor for treatment and the fact that many couples never seek treatment for their infertility, this number is probably far greater.

Getting pregnant involves so much more than just bringing together two people in love at the right time of the month. It’s an intricate and often misunderstood miracle that needs to occur.  In the woman’s body, it is a balance between the hypothalamus, reproductive glands and the pituitary gland.  In the man, it is a balance of producing the necessary amount of sperm and having the ability of delivering the sperm to fertilize an egg at the proper time.  When these all function together properly, the stage is set for having a baby.

Because of the pressure that tends to surround “trying” to get pregnant, it’s a good idea to start exploring all the areas that could impact you ability to conceive. I always suggest that patients seek help when they start experiencing frustration. Here are eight things you can do to increase fertility and help get pregnant. I’ve included a few extra suggestions that I often provide to my patients.

Send Him To Doctor

While close to half of infertility problems stem from the woman’s body, sometimes it’s an issue on the part of the would-be father.  Maybe impotence is a problem, or perhaps he’s just not producing enough sperm. Or, his production rate might be adequate, but the motility, ability to flow, is low.

Visit Your OB/GYN

Ask your doctor to make sure everything is functioning properly in your body, that follicle stimulating hormones (FSH) are at the proper levels and that there is no blockages in the fallopian tubes. One of the most common reasons for infertility is anovulation, or an ovulation disorder, where a mature egg fails to be released from the ovary and ovulation does not occur. Often, this is caused from a hormonal imbalance. Low levels of progesterone, for instance, will prevent the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.  Another common cause of ovulation not occurring is from high levels of prolactin, which is the hormone generated to produce breast milk. Acupuncture has helped many women, especially when combined with herbal remedies to treat elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which is necessary to create an environment for a fertilized egg to implant and develop.  The pituitary also plays a huge role in the reproductive cycle. Acupuncture has been shown to increase fertility by reducing stress and increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs. One of the issues of infertility is often caused by an imbalance in the endocrine system, sometimes caused by a hypo or hyper thyroid.  Hypothyroidism is an under-functioning thyroid, while hyperthyroidism is an over-functioning thyroid gland. Either one can throw the woman’s body into confusion when trying to conceive. Stress is no small factor when it comes to infertility. Stress causes the brain to release what has been dubbed the stress hormone, cortisol.

Reduce Stress

It sounds easy enough, but there is more to stress than meets the eyes.  Cortisol creates a hormonal imbalance within the pituitary functions.  Stress creates a flight or fight reaction which is counterproductive when trying to conceive.  Think of it in terms of a woman being chased by the big bad wolf.  While she’s running away in terror, it is not a great opportunity for getting pregnant.  The body feels that the world is unsafe and inhospitable which doesn’t lend itself to procreation.

Go On Vacation

If time and money allows for it, go on a vacation with just you and him. A lot of couples conceive while on vacation. Maybe it’s because of the reduced stress levels or maybe because you actually have time to enjoy intimacy.


It sounds easy enough, but when all that is on your mind is getting pregnant, sleep may not be what you think of when you hit the bed at night.  Sleep is, however, one of the most important things you can do to be healthy enough to procreate. Aim for getting approximately eight hours of sleep each night, but don’t fret yourself into insomnia if sleep doesn’t come. Relax, have a glass of wine while you still can, or drink warm milk, take a warm bath, turn off the lights and think about pleasant dreams. Or, perhaps fall asleep after having sex.


We’re not talking about training for a tri-athletic event or a marathon, but consistent exercise helps the body function properly and releases endorphins that counterbalance the stress hormone.

Treat The Root Cause, Not Just The Symptoms

Repeated pregnancy loss, even unexplained (idiopathic) infertility, has an underlying reason.  You and your doctor may not have discovered what the problem is, but there is still an undetected problem.  Acupuncture addresses issues like luteal phase defects, some cases of hyperprolactinemia, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Accentuate Traditional IVF And Other Fertility Treatment

Many women have turned to alternative medicine treatments, like acupuncture to find success.  Some are successful with using acupuncture alone or in correlation with Chinese herbs.  Others have already chosen to seek IVF treatment and want an added boost. Fertility drugs prescribed with western traditional medicine produce a pregnancy in between 6 to 35 percent of women, with women younger than 35 years of age having a much better chance than those older than 40.  However, this often comes with some nasty side effects. When acupuncture is used alongside traditional treatments, many women have found successful pregnancy rates as well as relief from some of the side effects of the drugs, like nausea, bloating and tenderness.  A study conducted by Stener-Victorin, at the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and University of Gothenburg, encouraged women to receive acupuncture treatments three to four months before and after embryo transfer. These women reported a 10 to 15 percent increase in successful IVF treatment when using acupuncture. Another added benefit that the women received was the therapeutic effect of calmness, relaxation and less stress.

Help Staying Pregnant

When faced with infertility, the goal is not to just get pregnant.  These couples want to experience a full nine months of a pregnancy that results in a delivery of a healthy baby. One of the wonderful benefits of acupuncture is that it can provide better blood flow to organs that support a healthy pregnancy and help to create an environment where the ovaries will have the blood flow needed to produce an egg and enough blood flow to give that egg a chance to implant and grow into a baby inside the uterus. Increase blood flow to create a thick, rich lining of the endometrium is just one of the benefits that acupuncture delivers. Once the couple conceives, acupuncture can help to maintain a healthy environment for the baby to develop properly. It is also quite effective in use to alleviate morning sickness, lower back aches, and fearful anxiety and stress.


While acupuncture does not promise you will be holding a baby in your arms within nine months, and is not a quick cure all for every root of infertility, a Tel Aviv University study concluded that acupuncture increases conception rates by as much as 26 percent when used alongside traditional Western fertility treatments. The results of the study showed that 65.5 percent of the test group was able to conceive compared with 39.4 percent of the control group who received no herbal or acupuncture therapy.

For the best chance of conceiving, the human body needs to maintain a healthy balance of energy between its organs, blood flow, nervous system, mental health, spiritual health, and emotions. In Chinese medicine, practitioners refer to this energy as Qi. Acupuncture uses sterile needles that are gently inserted just beneath the surface of the skin into the patient’s body at specific points, called meridians. The idea is that when the body’s natural and healthy flow of energy becomes blocked, diseases, aches, pains, and sometimes infertility are the result.  Acupuncture helps to open up these pathways to regain a healthy flow of energy, giving hope to a couple wanting to conceive. Skilled acupuncture practitioners know to avoid placing the needles in the abdominal-pelvic area on pregnant women, especially immediately following insemination or egg transfer procedures.

My goal is to help women understand their options. If you found this post helpful, please share it, and leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.


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  • Paigejen878

    Well, the article is very interesting. And, I am absolutely agree with some statements which mentioned here. Of course you should see your OB on appointment day and reduce stress situation. I was always careful with my health. But it did help to prevent my infertility. My husband and I saw a numerous number of fertility experts. But this visits didn’t give any positive results. I read a lot of literature and posts concerning this problem. We did almost everything! We ate only healthy food, doing some special exercise, took pills which were prescribed by doctors. I had 3 rounds of failed IVF. So, another words, there was nothing! This was really long and hard period for us. But we didn’t give up! We started to look for the most suitable and affordable reproductive center. Because my husband and I decided to use surrogacy service. Moreover, this procedure has a ban in some countries. That’s why we spent a great part of our time to find a good option. And I was lucky to find a good one in Ukraine. The surrogacy in this clinic costs around 30k euros. I have already sent all my medical documents to this clinic. Now we are just waiting for the reply. I hope, that this Ukrainian reproductive center will help us to become full family.

  • Ariana peace

    yes! with your roots and herbs you have enveloped my frown face with smile, slung to stand,tube tie burned alive, i used your herbs and root according to the instruction given it materialized,i have conceive now and delivered a baby boy,from letter A-z can’t speak how joyful i’m. contact him via on facebook (Oduduwa Ajakaye)

  • Barbara

    There are 2 years of waiting and hoping behind this bump, it’s been quite a journey to get to this point, 22 weeks pregnant. In my case, we started trying to get pregnant again when Morris was 8 months old (he’s now 3 years). I started getting really anxious. With my fertility doctor we did a few tests and I was informed that I have so called Secondary infertility. I was destroyed. Remember I shat myself in bedroom for a whole week. Scared husband as hell. The only thing that keeps me from terrible things was my son. He needed me and I had to pull myself together. I swallow my grief and started pretending like it’s never happened and we never try for another baby. We lived like this for a year till my sister in low have showed to me Biotexcom clinic commercial. Eventually, after short consultation with stuff, my husband and I had flight to Ukraine. From the second attempt I became pregnant with twins. The fortuned have granted us with double happiness. I felt like we won the lottery. So there are always way out, and we should never give up on our dreams. Never!

  • Marissa

    Secondary infertility is a real hell on Earth. I have a lot of guilt, as a woman, you struggle with that insecurity. My husband remained optimistic, telling me how proud he was of me and how strong I am. But I just fell in despair. I conceive my first child on my own with no medical intervention. It was when I tried to give her a sibling that spit hit the fan. It was after months and months of trying that I received the dreaded secondary infertility diagnosis. Sometimes there is no explanation. Along with my diagnosis of secondary infertility cam even worse diagnosis unexplained infertility. I was part of the 33 percent of infertility patients who have no concrete findings as to why they can’t get pregnant. The only variant for me to have a child is IVF. I used to surf the net for a long time. I hoped to find a good clinic for it in my home country. Eventually we use service of Biotexcom clinic. After 2 attempts I became pregnant. my husband and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been attending an infertility support group for about six months and have learned that not every partner is as supportive as mine. One night, after a meeting, I came home and wrapped my arms around my husband and thanked him.

  • Ashley Faber

    There are many couples as well as individuals who hope to have a child. However, in some situations, this is not possible due to certain medical complications. In IVF and surrogacy there`s nothing to hide. Such procedure gives people the opportunity to be happy. Children make our life colorful and valuable. If you are afraid just think over the proses of surrogacy. You can have a baby even though you are struggling with infertility or you are a gay couple. In many countries there are competent professionals, agencies and lawyers who can assist you to make this dream a reality. Medical technology is so advanced that the statistics for success in achieving a pregnancy are high. The right professional team will offset the fear and nervousness you will have in going through surrogacy to have your children. Well, many people prefer to criticize surrogacy. But if they face the problem of infertility, their minds change. I hope that in a few decades there will be no childless families at all. I`m one of those people, who used IVF technologies. I did it in reproductive center in Ukraine. I hope that every infertile couple will make a right decision in order to change their life.

  • KellyK

    To say the truth I even don’t know whether it’s working or not… I guess such methods and solutions can be appropriate in the cases that are not very serious. In such case of course they can help and even improve fertility) But unfortunately in the case of Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome for example such ways don’t help… Anyway it’s interesting how stress, exercises, vacation and so on can help to conceive!)) Once again I make sure the fact that sometimes really simple easy things can change the situation. I like very much such “treatment” as sleep, vacation, stress reduction, acupuncture… Oh, it’s great variants and I hope they really will help many women to reach successful pregnancy)