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Fertility Problems - Home Treatment

To decrease your risk of fertility problems and increase your chances of becoming pregnant, use the following guidelines.

Track ovulation at home

  • Estimate when you are ovulating by practicing fertility awareness. This means:
  • Try this interactive tool to calculate your peak fertility .
  • Try having sex every day or every other day during a woman's fertile period. This can improve the chance of pregnancy.
  • If you exercise strenuously most days of the week, reduce your level of activity. Very strenuous exercise can cause women to ovulate less often.

Protect sperm count and quality

  • If you use a vaginal lubricant during sex, select one that doesn't kill or damage sperm.
  • If you exercise strenuously most days of the week, reduce your level of activity. Very strenuous exercise may be a cause of lower sperm counts in some men.
  • Avoid hot tubs and saunas. High scrotal temperatures may decrease sperm count and quality.
  • Try to relieve fever when you are ill. High fever has been known to have a harmful effect on sperm for 2 to 3 months afterward. (Sperm take this long to grow from germ cells to mature sperm.)

General measures

Women who are trying to get pregnant should avoid using alcohol and medicines, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 14, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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