If you’re trying to get pregnant and have women’s health problems, these pregnancy tips may help. They’re on readers’ questions, and include help for coping with endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and more.
The two most important things to remember when you’re trying to get pregnant are: 1) you have to talk to a doctor — don’t trust online information such as pregnancy websites or infertility blogs; and 2) trying to get pregnant is easier if you know what your health problems are.
Some people are afraid to find out if they have male or female health issues that are stopping them from getting pregnant — but that knowledge is the key to moving forward! To learn more about fertility and getting pregnant, read Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health — it’s one of most popular guides to getting pregnant.
And here’s what to do when you’re trying to get pregnant…
Trying to Get Pregnant When You Have Women’s Health Problems
These tips for getting pregnant are based on readers’ questions…
Q: Will endometriosis and ovarian cysts stop me from getting pregnant? “My boyfriend and I have been together now for two years and we have been trying to have a baby. I have seen plenty of doctors, and they keep telling me to keep trying. I have endometriosis and ovarian cysts. I have had two surgeries for it. My doctor said one thing that will help that is actually getting pregnant. But will that ever even happen?” ~ Ashley.
- A: Talk to a naturopathic doctor. If Ashley hadn’t seen several doctors, I’d suggest getting a second opinion. However, since she’s had surgeries to improve her fertility, she could try a naturopathic physician – such as an acupuncturist, herbalist, or traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. Sometimes they have herbal remedies, natural treatments, and nutritional suggestions that can help when you’re trying to get pregnant.
When You’re Trying to Get Pregnant and Have Men’s Health Problems
Q: What if we have low sperm count, and don’t know when we ovulate? “My boyfriend and I have been together for about 3 years, and within the last about 6 months, we have been trying for a baby. His mother says that his father had sperm problems and that he had to eat oysters to improve his fertility levels. My boyfriend is allergic to oysters. Should I try an ovulating test?” ~ Brianna.
- A: Eat foods that increase male fertility, and learn to predict ovulation. There are two parts to Brianna’s problem getting pregnant (which may not be a problem, as they’ve only been trying for six months). First, her boyfriend may want to eat foods that increase sperm count. Second, she needs to know when she is at her most fertile time of the month – which means using an ovulation predictor kit.
Q: How do I find out about my sperm health? “How do I check my sperm quantity and my sperm quality? Can I take a test for this?” ~ Vijay.
- A: Take an at-home male fertility test. This is an easy question to answer! A male fertility test can help you figure out how healthy your sperm is. I think doctor’s sperm tests are better than home fertility tests – but home fertility tests are a great place to start. Read Home Male Fertility Tests – Is My Sperm Count Too Low? for more info.
When You Can’t Get Pregnant and Don’t Know Why
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Q: What if I’m worried about the results of a fertility test? “My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for the past 3 years. We have tried fertility pills and supplements…but wonder if my husband’s sperm is reaching my eggs. I know I’m healthy but I’m not sure about him. We fear taking an “at home fertility test” because we don’t want to get unwanted results.” ~ J.
- A: Find out what you’re dealing with – even if you’re afraid. The fear of the unknown is worse than knowing what you’re dealing with. If you don’t know why you can’t get pregnant, how will you ever solve the problem? Your first step to getting pregnant is to learn what the problem is. It may be a sperm problem; it may not. About 33% of couples who can’t get pregnant are both perfectly healthy – and doctors have no idea why they’re not getting pregnant (unexplained infertility). It may be better to identify poor sperm health, because some sperm problems are easy to fix – sometimes even without surgery.