If you are trying to conceive a child, you can greatly improve your chances of conception by making a few simple lifestyle changes. If you or your mate smokes, then you should stop smoking. When females smoke, their eggs are depleted and smoking is harmful to the ovaries. Males smokers have been known to have a lower sperm count than non-smokers.
Find a good support group, to assist you when you try to quit smoking. It would be even better if you can locate a support group of other couples that are also trying to conceive and quit smoking.
One should also maintain a weight that is suitable for their height and bone structure. If you have too much or too little body fat, this can lower your sperm count if you are a male. If you are a female then excess body fat can unbalance the female fertility cycle.
A balanced diet is not only healthier for you it can help increase your fertility rate. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetable and exercise regularly. Males can increase their sperm count by increasing the zinc in their diet. Oysters are a good source for zinc.
You should not consume alcoholic beverages if you are trying to conceive. Alcohol has been known to cause decreased sperm count in males and can cause ovulatory dysfunctions in females.There are of course many other obvious reason of how alcohol affects your body. If you regularly drink alcoholic beverages, you should try substituting alcohol for healthier drinks like fruit juices and teas. Certain teas can help you relax, thus eliminating stress. Studies show that less stress can also help increase fertility.
When making love on a schedule, do not have intimacy with your mate with conception being foremost in your mind. You can also help increase your chances of conception by eliminating stress. When focusing on your mate, and the love that you have for each other, you eliminate the worry of conception if even for a short time. By worrying, you are not only causing more stress, you are also turning a beautiful moment into an act that is not a pleasurable as it should be.
Excessive exercise can also cause infertility. This can interfere with menstruation in women. If you think that you may be exercising too much, seek advice from a physician. Your physician will know what exercise regimen is best for you.
Too much heat around the testicles can decrease sperm count, and intensive workouts can cause the testicles to heat up. Also hot baths and restrictive clothing can cause heat that can also reduce sperm count.
Abstinence can also help increase sperm count. By restraining sexual activity for 3 to 6 days, the volume and potency of your sperm is increased.
Women can also get a home ovulation test that can help determine when ovulation will occur. This will help couples schedule time together for making love during ovulation. There are also home fertility tests for men, to help them determine if their sperm count is an issue. These tests can help a male determine if their sperm count is too low. If it is, they can seek the advice of a professional physician.
These are just a few of the methods you can start immediately. If you have been trying to conceive for more than a year, then you should definitely seek the advice and help of a physician who is qualified to help with reproductive problems.