Fertility is a big issue in our society. With more and more processed foods and artificial preservatives in our diet, the lack of nutrient-based foods, and progressively older age of women and men becoming parents for the first time, it is little wonder that this is a growing concern.
Fortunately in the vast majority of cases, simple changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle can increase fertility to the point of conceiving without resorting to expensive techniques such as in vitro fertilization.
The following supplements have been shown to enhance fertility:
Red Raspberry Leaf in capsule form or as a tea
Maca which also increases libido (should not be used during pregnancy)
Regarding maca, note that it is a powerful herb that should be used with some caution.
Diet & Lifestyle for Improving Fertility
Other than supplements, diet is very important. Women wanting to conceive should have a body mass index of 21 to 25. That is not too little and not too much. The diet should be rich in healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil and avocado. They all contain high levels of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Such oils should be limited during pregnancy, but not for increased fertility.
The diet should also be free of processed foods and refined carbohydrates. It should be high in good protein sources such as organic chicken and fish. Finally, the diet should contain lots of antioxidants and nutrient-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables or supplements like grape seed extract.
Other lifestyle modifications that are important for women are getting adequate sleep, limiting stress, getting the right amount of exercise, and avoiding exposure to chemicals, pesticides, prescription medications such as steroids and antidepressants, as well as alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.
If you still cannot conceive after a year of regular intercourse, I suggest fertility tests. If the results come back with complications, medical options of hyperovulation and in vitro fertilization exist; and there is always the noble choice of adopting a child.