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Ways To Increase Fertility

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fertility boostersThere are natural ways to increase fertility, such as improving the quality of your lifestyle and taking more care of your health and nutrition. And, there are fertility treatments that will increase the chances of falling pregnant.

If, after a number of years of trying several ways to increase fertility (from the mathematics of charting to rubbing the famous African "fertility statues"), you still can't get pregnant, consider seeing your GP or OB for a fertility check. They might run a few tests and check for a few things, such as Chlamydia (that could damage the fertility system after a prolonged period of time) or thyroid problems. Or, they might just recommend you to lose weight. They might invite your partner in for tests and check his sperm count and quality. In the end, the solution to successful conception could be a fertility treatment.

 

What is a fertility treatment?

Fertility treatments are the administration of specific medicines under medical supervision to increase fertility.

Most common cause of infertility in women

Chances are the deficiency is related to a hormonal dysfunction. The hormones involved include insulin, androgens, estrogens, progesterone, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, adrenal hormones, thyroid hormones, prolactin, and others.

How to increase fertility in women

One of the many ways to increase fertility is the conventional fertility treatment where boosting the hormonal secretion with drugs takes place. One of the most used fertility treatments involves Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid, Serophene). Taken 5 days before your ovulation day is believed to increase the chances of realising at least one egg by 30%. It can be associated with depression, dizziness, headache, bowel problems and more and it's not recommended to take more than 6 cycles at a time as it can increase the risk of ovarian cancer if taken for more than 12 months.

In conjunction with Clomid, you can use hCG, the human chorionic gonadotrophin (Profasi, Pregnyl). hCG has the same effect on the follicle as LH (luteinizing hormone): it stimulates the dominant follicle to release its egg. hCG is given by injection, and has to be carefully timed. If given too soon, ovulation may be blocked. Too much hCG may cause ovarian hyperstimulation and cyst formation.

Metformin (Glucophage) is an insulin-sensitising agent and it can be taken together with Clomid. Metformin may increase your fertility by reducing insulin resistance, levelling the insulin. hMG, the human menopausal gonadotrophin (Pergonal, Humegon, Repronex) is quite an expensive fertility treatment. hMG is a combination of LH (luteinizing hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and it is injectable. Both LH and FSH are required for follicle development. The risks associated with this fertility treatment are multiple pregnancy and cyst formation if given too much. FSH, the follicle stimulating hormone (Metrodin, Fertinex, Follistim, Gonal-F), used when patients have enough LH, especially in PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) cases.

If you failed previous fertility treatments, an alternative is GnRH, the gonadotrophin releasing hormone (Lutrepulse), one of the most expensive fertility treatments, as it requires the administration of the drug every 90 minutes night and day, through a permanently fitted needle, to compensate for the lack of GnRH secretion by the hypothalamus (which regulates the secretion of LH and FSH, necessary for follicle development).

GnRHa, the GnRH analogs, (Lupron, Synarel, Zoladex, Antagon). They are GnRH analogs, artificial hormones with uninterrupted effect, unlike the normal 90-minute pulsations of GnRH. They block production of both LH and FSH and they are used in conjunction with gonadotrophin injections in IVF (in vitro fertilization) clinics, preventing the early release of an immature egg, caused by LH. Prolactin inhibition drugs, Bromocriptine (Parlodel), pergolide (Permax), or cabergoline (Dostinex) may be used to reduce prolactin levels if they are too high. Too much prolactin prevents ovulation (that's why breastfeeding is one of the effective methods of contraception). All these fertility drugs modify the hormonal levels in your body, which relates to mood swings, nausea, dizziness, headaches etc and under no circumstances without exception should you take any of this medication without medical recommendation.

A healthy lifestyle and fertility levels

But, if your hormonal tests came back as normal, then most likely you won't need drugs to boost your fertility. In most cases, a slight change in lifestyle can raise your chances to conceive. See our conception tips and take our quick test on healthy lifestyle to see the areas where you could improve in order to increase your fertility levels.