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Improving Your Fertility in 2018

The end of the year is often a time where many of us reflect on the year past and make resolutions for the year ahead. For patients who are experiencing infertility, there is an even greater motivation to make lifestyle adjustments in the new year. The good news is, making even small changes can have a big impact on increasing your chances of conceiving and improving your fertility.

Tips for Improving Your Fertility 

Be Your Own Advocate

It’s important to take control of your future and be proactive in seeking the help you need. Don’t wait for a doctor referral to schedule an appointment. In fact, approximately 50 percent of our patients are self-referred. Take control of your future and seek the help you need to start building your family.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

“There is a strong correlation between a woman’s BMI (body mass index) and her fertility potential,” explains Dr. Greenhouse, from SGF’s Fair Oaks, VA and Haymarket, VA offices. “While not every woman who is underweight or overweight will have difficulty conceiving, there are many who do. For a woman’s reproductive system to function properly, a healthy amount of fat needs to be present. Women who are underweight lack the appropriate amount of fat needed for reproduction, causing their bodies to ovulate infrequently or not at all. Even the smallest weight gain can help restart the reproductive system.”

Dr. Greenhouse continues, “overweight women can experience insulin resistance, which makes managing a healthy weight difficult. Unbalanced insulin levels may cause the ovaries to produce an excess amount of male hormones and stop releasing eggs, which makes conception challenging. It’s important not to forget about your partner. Overweight men have shown to have abnormal semen, which may attribute to low sperm count and low sperm motility (movement).”

To watch our On-Demand Webinar on Weight and Fertility, click here. During this free, on-demand event, viewers will learn about the impact weight, either over or under, has on the ability to conceive and tips for maintaining and achieving a healthy body mass index (BMI).

Quit Smoking

It’s no surprise that smoking presents risks to your overall health. However, many people don’t realize the effect smoking has on fertility. Studies have shown that women who smoke have a 54 percent chance of taking a year or longer to conceive compared with nonsmokers. The delay in conception is directly impacted with the quantity of cigarettes smoked. The more cigarettes smoked, the more chemicals that enter the body, which increases the rate of follicular depletion and reduces estrogen levels in the body. Smoking affects men as well and can decrease their sperm count by 22 percent. Damage from smoking is not permanent and it can be improved. Sperm regenerates every 74 days, enabling sperm produced when stopping smoking to be of better quality.

Reduce Alcohol Intake

Women who consume a moderate amount of alcohol (up to five drinks per week) have shown a decrease in fertility. Women who consume 10 alcoholic drinks per week show an even greater decrease in their chances of conceiving. Since there is no confirmed data of a safe threshold for consumption, we recommend refraining from all alcohol when trying to conceive and during pregnancy.

Manage Stress and Anxiety Appropriately

For many women, their stress levels may already be high when they are trying to conceive or begin treatment. When you begin fertility treatment, we strongly recommend patients to join a support group. Some even find services such as acupuncture or massage offered at our Wellness Center to be helpful. While these alternative therapies have not been proven to increase conception rates, these activities have helped many patients better manage the emotional stress of infertility and support them before and during treatment.

Even modest lifestyle adjustments in can make a difference in improving your fertility and help you get pregnant faster.


If you would like to learn more about improving your fertility or to schedule an appointment with a fertility specialist, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons at 877-971-7755.


  1. Rifaat Salem MD

    March 14, 2018 - 3:27 pm

    Thank you letting people their modern lifestyle is making them infertile. Quiting smoking and alcohol helps a lot conceiving.

  2. Maria

    February 17, 2018 - 2:36 am

    I want to thank you for this wonderful work Dr Cantara. After years of trying to conceive and a failed IVF and a failed FET, I ordered your Pregnancy Miracle from your website https://goo.gl/PyDhkd . According to my infertility doctor it was “very unlikely” that I could be pregnant with my own eggs. But here I am, pregnant for the first time in life. I got pregnant naturally just 3 weeks after my failed FET and after using the pregnancy herbs you sent to me. I am now 3 month pregnant. I am spreading this miracle story to whomever I meet and who suffers from infertility. Kind regards and thank you priest for everything

  3. Rifaat Salem MD

    February 5, 2018 - 6:16 am

    Thank you for the tips, What could be the healthy weight for 5.4 Ft girl?

  4. Loren

    June 12, 2017 - 6:59 am

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it have kids on my own, years of struggles went really fast and took all of the best I had in me. I was worried about my future and the perspective of not having anyone by my side when I am older was terrifying, however, I must admit that it should not be the sole reason for not being alone when you are old and dying. But it made all of the decisions for me. Like having ivf egg donation or even trying. Eventually, I got pregnant and it was a blessing. So for those who are now ttcing, I’d like to tell – Do not ever give up! This is the worst thing that you can do! Keep trying and eventually, you’ll reach your goal.
    PS I have to admit, that if not for biotexcom I wouldn’t have made it this far. Honestly, no one wanted to work with me… with my age. because apparently everyone seems to think that women older than 55 cannot have kids and are hopeless.

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