4 Extra Moves to Power up Your Fertility with Macafem
Female fertility is complicated business, due mostly to the complex interaction between the sex hormones that direct menstruation. You are taking Macafem, which will help you gain hormonal balance, but there are other measures you can take to promote conception. Here are four ways in which you can further aid your fertility.
1. Start a Calendar
Most, if not all women, become familiar with the basics of their menstrual cycle as part of 8th grade health class. However, the classic “28-to-30-day-cycle” has many possible variations – you may have developed a different cycle throughout the years, or you may not be ovulating exactly at the middle of each cycle. Keeping a thorough menstrual calendar will help, especially if you include basal temperature or cervical mucus measurements – they will help you predict when are you most fertile.
2. Folic Acid
Folic acid, also known as folate or vitamin B9, is well known to be an indispensable part of the pre-natal vitamin regimen. However, it’s best not to delay fortification until after you’re pregnant – several studies have shown that proper folic acid intake at the moment of conception and during the first trimester play a huge role in preventing many congenital disorders.
Nowadays, governments around the world fortify flour with folate, but if you’ve been eating fewer refined grains as part of your hormonal balance plan, it’s a good idea to add extra vitamins in some other form. Eat leafy greens with every meal or take a B-complex supplement every other day to make sure your folic acid stores are full from the second you need them.
3. Give up Coffee
Coffee is synonymous with morning bliss for many people, thanks to its rich taste and energizing qualities. However, high caffeine consumption has been consistently linked to a decreased chance of conception and an increased chance of early miscarriage. Although one cup of coffee every morning may not seem like much, it’s important to account for all the other hidden sources of caffeine in your diet – from chocolate and tea to anti-flu pills. It’s best if you give yourself time to transition into decaf slowly, so as to avoid caffeine headaches.
4. Get Checked
In some cases, all the best habits may not be enough if there’s a physical condition behind fertility problems. Some, like polycystic ovarian syndrome, are surprisingly common but relatively easy to treat, while other may require a surgical intervention – some chronic conditions like endometriosis or uterine fibroids can make implantation physically impossible, and are often asymptomatic. This is why it’s important to see a gynecologist and explore all possible scenarios: although some couples may feel “weirded out” at some of the tests involved, it’s likely that the problem is easy to fix once it’s been discovered. Many months of stress and uncertainty can be spared this way.
Few things bring as much joy to some couples as adding to the family. Sometimes, this can be hindered by different types of hormonal or gynecological conditions. Macafem is known to help improve fertility, but there are many other factors that could be playing a role. These four tips can help you, as can learning about hormonal health or reading about other women’s experiences on our Testimonials page.
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