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
- 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.)
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
November 14, 2013
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