I've been trying to get pregnant for three years. My doctors have put me on everything from hormones to fertility pills, with no luck. My husband has also been checked over in every imaginable way. We’ve decided to stop all the treatment programs and let nature take its course. I realize this can be a complex problem, but I would be grateful if you could share any recommendations.
Getting pregnant truly can be a complex problem. Oftentimes just the added stress from trying to conceive a child will prevent you from getting pregnant. Here are several lifestyle and nutritional tips that may help increase fertility:
- If you use a lubricant for sex, use egg whites that have been separated beforehand and stored fresh in the refrigerator. Not only are they an excellent lubricant, they provide a good conduit for sperm movement.
- When making love use the missionary position, continuing there for 20 minutes afterward.
- Watch your weight. Being overweight can throw off estrogen levels and prevent pregnancy.
- Constipation can also cause problems. It overloads the liver’s capacity to deal with toxins and the breakdown of excess circulating estrogen.
- I would avoid caffeine; it can also influence hormone levels. Be aware that in addition to coffee, it can often be found in soft drinks, tea, and chocolate products.
As far as nutritional supplements go, the following may be of help:
- Daily mulitvitamin/mineral.
- B-complex vitamins (a B-100 type product), once daily. A good multivitamin/mineral may already contain adequate amounts.
- Vitamin B6, 100–800 mg daily.
- Adrenal glandular, to help balance estrogen levels. An excellent product called Drenamin is available from Standard Process. Follow the dosages on the label.
- Bioflavonoids, 1,000 mg daily.
- Flax oil, 1 tablespoon daily.
- Ovex, a glandular product available from Standard Process, or Gonado-F from Nutri-Dyn. Follow the dosages on the label.
For your husband, I would recommend the following in addition to a multivitamin/mineral:
- Vitamin C, 500 mg every 12 hours.
- Zinc, 60 mg (elemental) daily.
- L-Arginine, 4 g daily.