Know The Right Time To Have Sex
There isn’t a huge amount of science behind it, but some studies suggest it could be worth having sex in the morning. “Testosterone levels are at their highest in the morning, so this can be a good time to have sex to make the most of a man’s hormones. Arousal also affects the amount of sperm released, however, so it’s important to ensure sex never becomes mechanical,” says Zita. How you have sex could also weigh into the equation, she says. “There are many myths surrounding conception, although there could be some truth in the old wives’ tale that says your other half should hold her legs in the air after sex. If she can stay lying down for around 15 minutes after sex, then it could be worth a try, although the speed of ejaculation means most of your sperm enters the fallopian tubes very quickly, which is why the ‘pulling out’ method doesn’t always work.”
Fertility encompasses eggs and sperm. “While the concept of a ticking biological clock is a well-worn cliché for women, men too experience age-related decline, and it can take five times as long to conceive where a woman has a male partner over the age of 45,” says Geeta. “Studies show that from the age of 40, and especially from the age of 45, the quantity and quality of a man’s sperm declines.” She adds that, once you are in your 40s, there is also an increasing number of genetic mutations found in sperm, making it trickier to fall pregnant and increasing the chance of miscarriage.
Consider Taking A Supplement
If you’ve been trying for a while, chances are your other half is taking a folic acid supplement, which is regarded as the number one pregnancy mineral. The NHS recommends women take folic acid every day while trying until week 12 of pregnancy in order to reduce the risk of problems in the baby’s development. But there are supplements men can be taking too, says Zita. “Because men produce sperm 24/7, the changes you make now can help in the near future. Zita West Clinic’s Vitamen is a good place to start – it’s a multivitamin and is a great all-rounder for male fertility and sperm health. It could also be worth taking an omega-3 supplement, which can help build healthy sperm cells, as well as formulas containing nutrients such as coenzyme Q10, which gives sperm energy, and arginine and lycopene, which boost sperm health.”
Know When To Seek Help
The general rule is: if you’ve been trying for a year without success, speak to a professional. “If you’re young and generally in good health, there’s no need to do anything before the 12-month mark unless you want to,” says Zita. “If you do want to seek help before this point, you’d need to do this privately as the NHS will ask you to wait for 12 months. If, however, you are over the age of 35 or have any underlying issues and are doing everything right, consider speaking to someone after six months of trying.” Zita also serves up some final words of wisdom: “Wherever you are on your fertility journey, it’s important to both be on the same page. Try to be there for each other when trying for a baby. Talking about everything, no matter how small, can really help.”
For more information, visit ZitaWestClinic.com and CreateFertility.co.uk.
For further support, check out FertilityHelpHub.com, founded by Eloise Edington, who launched the platform after experiencing her own problematic route to parenthood.
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