Are you feeling lost on your fertility journey? Maybe you’re just starting out and not sure of the best way to help your chances. Maybe it’s taking longer than you hoped to conceive and you’re not sure what to do next. Maybe you’ve had some tests but aren’t really sure what to do now. Maybe you are finding it all a bit overwhelming.
Here’s some things you can try that might help.
Zinc is a very common deficiency, particularly in women. If you have ever used hormonal contraceptives these unfortunately supress zinc levels further. If your periods do not return to normal after coming off of contraceptives this could be why. Other zinc deficiency symptoms include poor sense taste and smell, loss of appetite, poor skin and stretch marks, frequent infections, poor eyesight, digestive issues and poor wound healing. Zinc is crucial for conception as it is a major component in the production of the hormones that impact fertility. If the levels are low, you’ll likely have a harder time conceiving. Luckily this is a fairly easy fix. Taking a good quality food source zinc supplement for 1-2 months will boost your zinc levels. Food source is important to allow you to absorb it easily.
2. Nutritional guidance
Zinc is not the only nutrient that can impact fertility. A well balanced diet, good absorption and making sure your not deficient in anything can really help. Diet impacts hormones, egg quality, womb lining and many more things that can make a difference to conception. Most people have a good idea of at least one thing they can do to improve their diet and make it healthier. A good range of fruit and veg, plenty of water and not too much sugar or processed foods are often a good place to start. There is a lot of confusing information around though when it comes to nutrition so if you’re stuck it’s a good idea to speak to someone about your nutrtion. Get in touch here if you’d like a tailored fertility advice session where we look at your nutrition.
3. Happy periods
Are you having any issues with your periods? This is one of the best and easiest fertility health checks we can do. If your periods are problematic then it might be an indication of how you can help your fertility – as well as making your periods easier for you too.
Painful? Try magnesium and calcium supplements.
Heavy? Try boosting your liver – plenty of water, deep breathing, good sleep and bitter greens (wheatgrass, spirulina, chorella etc are great – also these are much nicer to consume in pill form!).
4. Fertility consultation
At the moment where we are so restricted by what we can do it can feel a bit frustrating if there’s something you’ve come across you think might help your fertility but it’s not available at the moment. Many of the usual workshops and therapies previously available haven’t been as accessible in the last year. Luckily there are loads of different self help techniques you can try at home that can boost your fertility. Not all of these will be useful to everyone though. It very much depends on your situation and individual health needs. I currently offer online fertility consultations. We go over your history and identify where some issues may be and then what you can do at home to help, such as circulation, hormones, diet, period health and any particular health issues such as endometriosis or PCOS that might be causing fertility issues. Luckily for all of these there are thing you can do at home that can help improve the situation. It’s £40 and we discuss your situation and look at the techniques that will help for about an hour and all the instructions for the self help techniques are emailed over to you afterwards. Just get in touch to book.
Stress and limiting beliefs can have a big impact on fertility. If you feel that there’s something which may be having a negative impact on your fertility journey it’s certainly a good idea to get a bit of help from a therapist. I’ve found EFT can be really useful. It works in a similar way to hypnotherapy but using tapping on acupressure points and visualisations instead of hypnosis, meaning you are more involved in the process, and once you’ve learnt the technique you can do it on yourself at home – or anywhere. You can work on subconcious issues that may be having an impact even if you’re not able to go into detail about them as EFT focuses on emotions and visuals. Being able to do the technique yourself is also brilliant for stress. This can help to reduce your adrenaline levels which has a positive impact on your hormones too. Click here for more information.