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Starting a Family, Adopt the Natural Approach Rather Than Expensive Clinics

Updated on October 8, 2017
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A retired pharmaceutical and industrial chemist, author and historian specialising in military events.

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Following on from my article regarding the male contribution, ( ) , assuming the sperm is of high quality and mobility we can now address any deficiencies in the female reproductive system.

Before you start by considering very expensive fertility clinics we should ensure that we give nature a chance first. The first stage is to ensure your diet is good and you are not deficient in vitamins or minerals. The recommendation is to spend 4 months getting fit before trying for a child. Even normally healthy couples can take up to a year to conceive.

However, before we examine diet you need to ensure that both you and your partner are free of any genito-urinary infections. In surveys, 9 out of every 15 men were unaware they were suffering from infections which would prevent conception. In addition to getting rid of any STDs, certain lifestyle habits need to be stopped. This includes tobacco, excess alcohol and recreational drugs.

A problem that can affect fertility is fibroids which are common in 20% of women over the age of 30. You can help to control them by taking 500 mg L-arginine, 50mg vitamin B6 and 2000mg vitamin C. You may see it recommended to take vitamin A but you should not do so if pregnant or attempting to be.

With regard to a diet, you need to ensure that as much as possible is organically grown or reared to ensure no toxins are reaching your body. This will exclude fast, fatty and sugar-laden foods which will stress your digestive system. It also means you should try to avoid plastic packaging and cling-film as much as possible and go back to old-fashioned greaseproof paper. To include living foods is a good idea and such products as millet, quinoa, seaweed, flax and algae blended with nutrients such as zinc, vitamin E, calcium, iron and magnesium will help with fertility. You should try to cut out coffee (two cups can reduce fertility by 50%). Red clover is high in vitamins and will also help with fertility and will balance the pH levels of the vagina and uterus.

Selenium is often deficient in cases of infertility and apart from supplements, you can add brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, organic liver and kidney to your diet. When taking a selenium supplement (100mcg) also take Zinc (15mg) which will regulate imbalances in your hormones.

Both men and women should take folic acid, him to increase the sperm quality and for her to prevent neural tube defects in the foetus.

L-arginine – is an amino acid found mostly in dairy, red meat, fish and poultry. Its primary use is to deal with sexual dysfunction in both sexes by converting enzymes in the blood to nitric oxide. This has the effect of improving blood flow to the sexual organs which will enhance enjoyment. The dosage level is 5mg per day. Check with your doctor if you are taking prescription drugs, HRT or the contraceptive pill. Stop if you feel sick, flushed or actually vomit.

Jujube Date – This Chinese fruit contains zizphi fructus which counters bloating, slows down the skin ageing process and increases the blood flow which has the anecdotal benefit of improving the orgasm.

If you enjoy snacking, substitute sugary foods for dried fruits which are iron rich. These will improve fertility particularly for women who suffer heavy periods. However, there is one treat that will help your mood and that is dark chocolate. It is high in an amino acid called phenylalanine which is used by the brain to make phenylethylalanine present when you are deeply in love. You can find it in apples, eggs, chicken, carrots and herrings, but these don’t seem to have quite the same romantic ring.

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Aethelthryth,

      Thank you for your comment.

      The question is not in the form that you obtain the vitamin A but in this instance you don't want it at all otherwise it will nullify the effect of the other vitamins when improving fertility.

      Kind regards Peter

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      aethelthryth 5 years ago from American Southwest

      My understanding is the way to get Vitamin A is in the form of carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A, but only in the needed amounts, so there isn't the problem with toxicity. Is that right?

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Kate

      I know this can be an important issue for many couples. I just hope some of this may be of some help.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      A very comprehensive and well-researched hub Peter. Thanks for sharing it .Voted it up and interesting and going now to read your other one on this topic. Cheers :-)