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5 foods to increase your chances of conception

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Complex carbohydrates – Brown rice

Insulin is the important enzyme that breaks down the carbohydrates in the body. When the carbohydrates are complex, the pace at which this break down takes place is considerably slower, compared to that of bad carbohydrates (cakes, cookies etc.) This results in optimal level of insulin in the body, which otherwise would severely affect fertility by disrupting the normal menstrual cycle. Brown rice serves a great purpose in this regard, since it not only helps maintain a normal blood glucose level but also gives the necessary supply of folic acid naturally. The fiber, calcium, magnesium and potassium in it are yet another advantage.

Try these recipes to bring together taste and health

Plant proteinsBeans and nuts

A rich supply of proteins is very prominent for the normal metabolism of the body. Beans being the abundant source of zinc enhance fertility in both men and women. They regulate the levels of estrogen in women and improve the quality of sperms in men. Nuts on the other hand are packed with a large number of minerals like copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium etc. Tofu   Below chart shows the power-packed nuts with their nutritional properties.


Nutritive components


10 different amino acids and folic acid


vitamin E, Omega-3, organic acids and phosphorus


Omega-3, folic acid


Proteins, iron, zinc,


Try these healthy recipes of nuts and beans

Whole milk and not skim milk

Yes, whole milk though high in saturated fats wins over the race with skim milk, by reducing the risk of infertility caused by anovulation. Skim milk on the contrary can potentially disrupt the hormonal balance in the body which impacts fertility is a large way. Researches have shown that, in a long run, low intake of dairy fat can induce higher risk of obesity and high intake of dairy fat induce low risk of obesity. The facts seem strange but are surprisingly true! Since obesity is one of the hindrances to fertility, consumption of 2 glass of whole milk per day should take you two steps ahead towards motherhood!


With abundant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon comes as a boon to those facing infertility.  It is an important source of these fatty acids because; these are not naturally produced in the body. The deep red color of salmon is the indicator of the ample amount of iron it contains. More the iron, more the RBCs and better the endometrial thickness, which is one of the important factors for fetus implantation.

Try this recipe to treat your taste buds, while enhancing the fertility!

Banana and citrus fruits        

Banana and Citrus fruits help overcome oligospermia (low number) and Asthenozoospermia (lower motility). A consistent dosage of vitamin C helped treat long term infertility in men. It also promotes production of female sex hormones, which in-turn positively effects the ovulation and menstrual cycles. Apart from having a reservoir of vitamin C, banana also has other minerals like, vitamin B6, potassium, folate, vitamin A etc. which directly or indirectly play a role in fertility.

Try this fertility smoothie and increase the chances of conception.

posted Feb 3, 2016 by Pallavi

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fertility and conception


Alcohol is known to reduce fertility in both men and women. Though a light dose of drink on and off won’t hurt your health, but too much of drinking is always a problem. Even if you are not trying to conceive now, it could affect your fertility health later. Here is an insight on the same-

Lower fertility levels

lower fertility levels


Both men and women are known to suffer from lower fertility levels when they are drinking heavily. In women, it is known to reduce reproductive systems along with creating acute hormonal imbalance. This imbalance causes irregular menstrual cycles, changes in ovulation dates, etc. For men it results in reduced sperm count and lower sperm quality as it has an adverse effect on hormones and overall health too.

Risk of Miscarriage

risks of miscarriage


Women are more prone to risks of miscarriage too because of their drinking habits. It has been seen that women who drink heavily right up to conception are known to have higher miscarriage risks as compared to those who don’t. The first three months pose a higher risk of miscarriage for such mothers.

Lower chances of conception

lower chances of conception


Drinking about 1-5 drinks every week means that you are lowering your chances at conception. If you drink more than 10 glasses of alcohol in a a week, it takes a toll for the worse. Here is why-

  • Binge drinking is known to make you fatter. And this leads to obesity, which is known as the biggest hindrance for conception. Most alcohol drinks are known to contain high amounts of sugar too, which in turn again leads to weight gain and hampers your fertility.
  • Chances of having unprotected sex during a drunk state is much higher. Contrary to popular beliefs that it could mean unwanted pregnancy it also means unwanted diseases like Chlamydia, which are responsible for causing infertility.
  • Alcohol drinking also means that there is a lower chance of conceiving at later stages. Women are known to reduce their fertility rates and get earlier menopause because of heavy drinking.

The sperm and fertility

sperm and fertility


Along with reduced levels of sperm, alcohol is also known to reduce testosterone levels, which means loss of libido. Furthermore, it is known for metabolising vitamin A, which is essential for development of healthy sperm. On another note, alcohol is known as a toxic for the testes because it reduces production of the sperms too.

What you can do?

say no to alcohol


One of the best options here is to reduce drinking or start drinking less while there is time. You should remember that reducing alcohol would act as a booster to conceive. You should restrain your drinking to 1-2 units of alcohol, which is about a 175 ml glass of wine in a week.

Risks for baby

risks for baby

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You are putting your child at risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) because this alcohol goes directly to the baby through your placenta. For the unborn child, this is more of a threat for survival along with risks for the liver. Overall growth and development of the baby is impacted because of heavy drinking.

So quit drinking today if you are planning to start a healthy family in the near future.

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smoking and infertility

The big question is does smoking cause cancer and infertility- Yes! It does. Why else would there be so many wanring signs on the cigarette packet (kept purposely unreadable). But the sad thing is that even as a non-smoker, inhaling these toxic fumes can make you prone to cancer. And most importantly, it is a deterrent to conception. Smoking has a number of negative impacts on the body and mind - sadly infertility issues in both men and women is a major concern here.

I don’t smoke, but my partner does?

partner smoking

In this case, you become the passive smoker - who inhales all the fumes from the partner, but doesn’t have the option of exhaling the same. And this puts you at a higher risk of the becoming infertile too. Here are some facts that you should know-

How it affects men and women?

smoking men and women

Non smokers are at higher risk of infertility because as mentioned above, they are unable to release this smoke back.Women are 1.5 times more likely to be affected and take longer time get pregnant. Men who smoke rapidly are prone to having lower sperm count. Statistics and researches reveal that passive smokers are less likely to get pregnant. Women also tend to reach menopause much earlier because of smoke.

man smoking

Men not only suffer from lower sperm count and quality, they are also at a threat of having hormonal issues and problems. For women, smoking takes a negative too on the ovulation cycle. This means that you are really uncertain on when you are ovulating and plan out your days when chances of conception are at the highest. Smoking also wrecks the health of the cervical mucus, which reduces fertility risks.

Smoking and cancer

smoking and cancer

You are aware that smoking is one of the biggest threats to cancer. But what you are not aware of is that even if you beat the cancer, chemotherapy and radiation along with other strong medications reduce fertility levels. People loose their urge to have sex, sperm and eggs quality goes down and you become weak too, which physically proves to be a hindrance in conceiving. In some cases, ovaries or the uterus or even prostate has to be removed because of the cancer.

Risks After Conception

pregnant woman smoking

Just because you conceived, doesn't make you any healthier. Women who have conceived but continue smoking or are exposed to passive smoking have a higher risk of miscarriages. Also, it puts the baby at a higher risk of defects and abnormalities.

What can be done?

quit smoking 

The negative effects of smoking can be undone with ease. It will take you about a year, but if you quit smoking now, you are eliminating all of these risks and ensure that you are able to start a healthy family. Try using a nicotine patch and take measures to quit smoking. If your partner is a heavy smoker then help him/ her in the process too.

Follow a detoxifying diet, which includes high fibre fruits, juices and fluids that help in flushing out toxins from the body. Doing so will eliminate the residues of the harsh chemicals within the lungs and other parts. So quit smoking to increase your chances of fertility.


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Yoga is one of the safest and most suggested forms of exercises for boosting fertility. It gets rid of stress, fights obesity, regulates hormones and menstrual cycle along with improving quality and quantity of sperms. Hence practicing yoga is recommended for people who are trying to conceive or suffering from any kind of fertility issues. And you will just need to practice these given poses for 30 minutes a day to get viable results-

Tip- Keep a yoga mat handy and always do light warm up before commencing the session. Else, you can risk injuring your muscles or tearing them.

Paschimottanasana or Forward Bend

Paschimottanasana or Forward Bend

Sit on the floor with legs extended in front of you and toes pointing towards the ceiling. Then raise both hands straight in the air and bend forward as you exhale and try to touch the toes. Hold the pose for 30 seconds and then repeat 2-3 times. If you are having trouble touching the toes, don’t worry. You will get there gradually as muscles loosen up. This pose is known to regulate menstrual cycle, get rid of ovarian cysts and boost circulation.

Janu Shirasana or One-Legged Forward Bend

Janu Shirasana

The one leg forward bend is suggested for both men and women. For this posture, you have to sit on the floor and extend out the left leg at about 45 degrees. The right leg should be folded and heels should be near the crotch. Now raise both hands and extend them towards the left feet, while trying to touch the same. Hold for 30 seconds and alternate on other leg. This posture is ideal for stretching the entire groin, leg muscles, abs and hamstrings. It cleanses and detoxifies the body, while boosting sperm count and helps women reduce fat from the stomach area.

Agnisaar Kriya or Deep Breathing

This is a fertility booster for mostly men and in women it is ideal for helping in loss of fat from around the stomach, which is a hindrance in conception. Stand straight and then gently bend over, placing both palms on your thighs. Now, exhale and suck in your stomach intensely, holding your breath. Now repeat this in a faster motion gradually. Do this for at least 3-4 minutes.

Back Bending or Hala Asan

hala asan

This posture is all about trimming the fat from your stomach and lower body. Also, being a reverse posture, your blood circulation improves drastically here. For this exercise, you have to lie down on the back, legs extended straight. Use both hands to support the hips as you raise both legs together and take them right behind your head. Ideally, your toes should be touching the floor. Once you master this technique, try doing the pose without the hands supporting your hip. It helps in cleansing the stomach and improves sperm count while fighting other infertility issues like cysts in the ovaries.

Legs Up Wall Pose or Viparita Karani

Viparita Karni

Viparita Karani is a highly recommended pose that is crucial for enhancing pleasure during sex. Staying in this posture for a few seconds post intercourse, allows the sperm to go into the uterus at a much faster pace, especially for people who are suffering from poor sperm quality or low count. On the floor, raise both the legs straight with heels facing the ceiling. Hold the posture for about 1 minute and then repeat 2-3 times.

Bridge Pose or Setubandha Asan

Bridge Pose


Also called the bridge pose, this is another lucrative posture for enhancing your chances of conceiving. It makes use of the hips to raise the stomach and lower body together, which allows the sperm to enter the fallopian tube at a much faster pace. It is recommended that you practice this pose everyday and stay in this position for a 1-2 minutes post intercourse. Lie down flat on the back and bring both the heels close to your buttocks. Knees should be bent. Now keep both hands near the heels and raise the butts along with stomach. Shoulders and heels remain flat on the floor. Hold for a minute and repeat 2-3 times with rest in between.

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genetics and fertility

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You can change habits, your lifestyle, etc. when it comes to increasing your chances at conception. But the one thing that is often not considered as an impediment to fertility has to be genetics. Your genes are something that have been passed on from one generation to another, either from your maternal or paternal lineage. Lower sperm count or egg count is often attributed to your genes rather than just lifestyle or your current medical status. Here is how genetics has an impact on your fertility rate-



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For women, the onset of menopause is the end of their fertile stage. However, for some women it tends to happen much earlier as compared to the other. Menopause is also linked to your reproductive biology. So even if you are living a healthy lifestyle, avoiding smoking, etc. you are still at a risk of earlier menopause.

Lower Sperm Count

lower sperm count

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In some men, the cause of lower sperm count or even count itself is attributed to their genes. Some men suffer from the problem of chromosome translocation where it is seen that chromosomes swap material. Such individuals are known to have a higher chance of infertility. In fact, this issue is known to have an adverse affect on their partners too who are more prone to miscarriage because of this swapping issue.

Y chromosome Infertility

Y chromosome infertility

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This is a condition, which is known for having an adverse impact on the production of sperm. As a result, it becomes difficult for a man to father a child. In some rare cases, there may be no sperm production at all due to azoospermia. While some men may have a smaller number of sperm cells, which is known as oligospermia. In most cases, one finds that the sperms are also moving at an abnormally slow pace or there is no movement at all. There are assisted technologies and medical solutions available for this issue. However, in some cases, men are affected to the extent when there is actually no mature sperm present in the testes. Referred to as Y chromosome infertility named Sertoli, this cell-only syndrome is often not treatable.

Ovarian Failure

overian failure

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This is a problem that is also associated with genes in women. Some girls are known to suffer from premature ovarian failure, which is also known as POF.  POF has been related to underlying genetic issues. Some genetic factors are responsible for carrying the Fragile X syndrome that is a chromosome issue related to infertility.

What can be done?

Genetics and fertility

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With advancement in medical science, there are alternatives available for treating this issue. In some cases, men are suggested to undergo active genetics treatment and medications that aid in treating an array of these problems. Women can undergo a genetic test for fertility where optimum solutions can be devised.  Recent studies associated with viable egg follicles present in the ovaries showcase positive results, which are known to treat the problems associated with genetic infertility. In some drastic conditions, IVF and other invasive procedures might be suggested to overcome this issue.

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