We asked fertility expert, Natalie Kringoudis, if she’d pass on her tips for conceiving a baby. She very helpfully wrote back a lot of information on how to tune your body for reproduction.
Natalie comments on the vital role of various hromones, and it has been noted that these may be regulated through the use of the herbal remedy Black Cohosh…
I’m regularly asked ‘What can I do to be more fertile?’
It’s actually one of the main reasons I wrote my ebook – Fertilise Yourself.
There are many things that need to be addressed to gear you toward a healthier, more fertile you. Here’s the second of 3 key points to have your reproductive organs raring…
To maintain a normal reproductive cycle, it is important that a woman have minimal body fat. If you are overweight or underweight, at least read this.
Eating for fertility will help you get your weight to exactly where it should be.
A loss in body fat in a lean person (as little as 10%) can be enough to delay menstruation or inhibit ovulation and this isn’t ideal if you’re trying for a baby.
Your menstrual cycle needs to be a certain number of days for it to be fertile. Your follicular phase (the period of time from the start of menstruation right up until ovulation) needs to be a minimum of 11 days – this is so you have the right amount of hormones to ensure quality egg growth and release at the appropriate time.
The same goes for your luteal phase (from ovulation until menstruation). Again – 11 days and no less for similar reasons. If your menstrual cycle is short, it may very well be infertile. If it is long, it may not be as problematic, but it’s important to establish why so. Long menstrual cycles equate to less chances to conceive!
In underweight females, the secretion of hormones, specifically Gondrotrophin Releasing Hormone (GnRH) by the hypothalamus are abnormal in quantity and timing, leading to abnormally low levels of the hormone that stimulates the ovaries to make and release the egg. (Follicle Stimulating Hormone and Luteinizing Hormone). Since these hormones are lacking, it means the follicles (or eggs) on the ovaries fail to develop properly and there is less secretion of progesterone and estrogen.
It’s a hormonal nightmare! Women with such conditions may see their period arrive as frequently as every 14 days and as we have come to discover, this isn’t long enough for a ‘fertile cycle’.
Exactly the same goes for overweight women, where hormones are imbalanced and fertility is affected. A loss of as little as four kilograms can be enough to set you back on your fertile track. And men – your weight will also affect semen quantity and quality and affect the motility of your sperm.
It is vital that you gear toward your ‘fertile weight’.