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How to increase your chances of getting pregnant

Why can’t I get pregnant?

There are so many different things which could be causing you and your partner to struggle to have a baby. It is important to remember that the male factor is just as prevalent as the female factor when it comes to infertility, so you should consider both when investigating.

  • Age – even couples at peak fertility (age 18-25) only have a 1 in 4 chance of getting pregnant each month they try. If you are under the age of 35 and have been trying for a year or more, then you should seek medical advice
  • Obesity – commonly associated with poor fertility outcomes, being overweight could be reducing your chance of getting pregnant 
  • Underlying health conditions – an infection or diagnosis of an illness such as PCOS could be reducing your chances of getting pregnant. Please check with your doctor if you suspect this applies to you. If you have PCOS you should consider taking Inofolic Alpha to improve your chances of pregnancy
  • Age – once women reach the menopause, they cannot conceive naturally. Even as they approach the menopause the chances of pregnancy drop and the chances of miscarriage increase
  • Cancer treatments – if you have been treated for cancer with radiotherapy then your fertility could have been compromised

What are common signs of infertility

In women:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle or anovulation – irregular cycles or a total lack of them often indicated fertility issues for women
  • Hormonal changes – often characterised by skin problems and hirsutism (abnormal growth of hair on a woman’s face and body)
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Premature menopause
  • History of pelvic disease / infections / sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

In men:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Varicocele – a varicose vein in the scrotum
  • Abnormal semen analysis

We recommend that men who are trying to conceive undergo a semen analysis that checks for sperm count, motility and morphology. This will give you the best understanding of your fertility. DNA fragmentation in the sperm head is also very common and can prevent fertilisation, but is not routinely tested for.

Can supplements improve my chances of getting pregnant?

Most fertility supplements promote the use of strong antioxidants to combat oxidative stress, however the latest Cochrane review shows that there is very little improvement in pregnancy rates from taking oral antioxidants. These antioxidants can upset the delicate metabolic balance necessary for optimal sperm production. Therefore strong antioxidants could be doing more harm than good, so it is important to choose a supplement that maintains this vital balance such as Impryl.

This is where Impryl is different. Clinical trials have shown significant improvements in live birth outcomes for sub-fertile men and women when taking the micronutrients in Impryl once daily. Instead of basing the product on single ingredient based evidence and throwing it all at you, Impryl has been carefully formulated to support your metabolism and in turn should improve your fertility. 

If you have PCOS then Inofolic Alpha could be the answer to your prayers. Inofolic Alpha’s clinically proven to restore ovulation in 95% of PCOS women after only 3 months and is recommended by UK fertility specialists. The formulation contains: Myo-inositol + Folic Acid + Alpha-lactalbumin; making it 52% more effective than myo-inositol alone. Inofolic Alpha is the only supplement in the UK available with this unique formulation and has been proven to work.

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Infertility Advice FAQs

How long should you wait before seeking fertility advice?

This is entirely dependent on your age and if you have any underlying medical conditions that could affect you.

If you are trying to conceive and suffer from underlying medical conditions including PCOS, we suggest you speak to your doctor immediately. This includes early onset menopause, cancer and ex-cancer patients and others. As these conditions can cause a number of complications, we believe it is best for you to get advice as soon as you can even if you haven’t started yet but are thinking of trying.

If you are under the age of 30 and have been trying for over a year, we advise you go and see your GP as soon as possible to avoid any delays0. For women aged over the age of 30 we suggest you go and see your GP or a fertility specialist for advice far sooner, probably after 6 months of trying consistently (every 3 to 4 days) without contraception. This is because age can play such a major role in infertility regardless of gender.

What should you do before trying for a baby?

There is increasing evidence that, in order to increase the chances of conceiving successfully, couples should attempt to get their bodies ready before trying to conceive. Also, having plans and lifestyle changes prepared for before trying can significantly reduce the stress and anxiety which can often accompany attempts to conceive.

How can I test my fertility at home?

There are some tests you can do at home to check on your fertility. You can order a number of tests online which are at various price points and efficacy levels. However, the best way of testing your fertility at home is probably through observation.

In women, if you are noticing that you are regularly having particularly painful periods it can be a sign of endometriosis or other conditions which affect fertility. Also, irregular periods or none at all can be a sign of PCOS or other fertility complications.

For men, your semen should be white or very light grey. Hints of other colours such as yellow or green can be an indicator of an infection. Bad odour can also indicate this. If there is a noticeable difference in volume of your semen this could be an indicator of a reduced sperm count. If you do go to get tested in a clinic we suggest you take a DNA fragmentation test as sperm with damaged DNA is very unlikely to conceive and if it does it will most likely not result in a live birth.

 A few things to consider for both men and women include lifestyle choices – smoking, drinking alcohol, eating too many processed foods and being overweight all have an adverse effect on fertility.

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