Natural ways to improve your fertility

Natural ways to improve your fertility

Making a baby seems quite simple. Sperm meets egg, cells divide creating a mini human, wait nine months and voila! Baby is born! For many couples, this is a natural process that takes place without any roadblocks. However, sometimes it doesn’t work out that easily and I’ve seen firsthand how frustrating that can be.

About one in five couples in Canada are affected by fertility challenges. There are a number of factors that can contribute to difficulties in conceiving. Some conditions that can affect fertility include physical blockages in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or uterus; uterine fibroids or polyps; thyroid conditions; endometriosis; problems with sperm count, motility, or morphology; a menstrual cycle that is out of balance, which might be indicated by irregular timing or spotting between periods, PMS symptoms, amenorrhea, difficulties with ovulation, polycystic ovaries, painful periods, or heavy periods; stress; and dietary habits. Wow, those seem like a lot of road blocks!

Let’s talk about different ways to enhance fertility naturally.

As Naturopathic Doctors, we use various modalities, including Chinese medicine and acupuncture, nutrition, botanical medicine, and homeopathy to rebalance the hormonal system, treat the conditions that give rise to suboptimal fertility, and maximize a couple’s ability to conceive.

Factors to consider

  • Improve the health of both partners prior to conception: Many people think of infertility as a woman’s problem, but it takes two to tango. In fact, studies indicate that the cause of infertility is equally divided between the female and the male, so both partners need to be evaluated and treated.
  • Chart and understand your cycle: Using natural family planning, you can learn your body’s fertility signs, identify underlying problems, and time intercourse for optimum results.
  • Balance your hormones:The endocrine system is very complex, and it is important to have proper functioning of thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive hormones.
  • Optimize your digestion: This may not be the first thing you think of for fertility, but digestion plays a central role in your overall health status. Your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, balance blood sugars, and eliminate wastes determines the state of your internal environment.
  • Enhance your nutritional status: Ensuring proper intake of nutrients helps to produce healthy eggs and sperm and provide the nourishment for the developing fetus. Choosing organic, nutrient dense, whole foods will provide your body with a good foundation. Supplements can be used as recommended by your Naturopathic Doctor.
  • Cleanse and detoxify your body: This should only be done prior to conception and can help prepare both the man and the woman. Most of us carry around accumulated toxins, which can interfere with fertility and overall health. Detoxification decreases this burden and makes for a healthier environment for your baby since, after all, your body will be its home for nine months!
  • Manage your stress: Infertility can be one of the most stressful experiences in a couple’s life. Expressing your feelings, taking control, and seeking support from qualified professionals can be life savers for you and for your marriage. There are quite a few infertility support groups that run weekly meetings. Check Halton Infertility and Pregnancy Support Services ( for more information.

Increase success rates of conventional infertility treatments

The Naturopathic approach is commonly combined with assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures, including intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), to enhance success rates. Numerous studies have showed that the use of acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy to ART significantly improves reproductive outcomes.

Whether you are planning on trying to conceive in the near future, preserving your fertility as you hear your biological clock ticking, or are actively treating your infertility, there are many treatment options available to help you along your journey.