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Preparing For Fertility – Maximizing Your Chances

A healthy lifestyle is recommended prior to and during the treatment of infertility to achieve pregnancy.

Diet and Exercise

Follow a sensible diet and exercise program can help to boost your reproductive health. Females who are either markedly overweight or underweight may have difficulty conceiving.

Eat a healthy balanced diet with adequate protein, carbohydrate and fiber. To maintain fitness and help keep weight under control, aim to undertake moderate regular exercise for an average of 30 minutes per session, three times a week.

Folic Acid

Taking folic acid (0.5mg or 500mcg daily) before pregnancy and for the first three months of pregnancy can reduce your chance of having a baby with neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. Folic acid is a water soluble vitamin found in many fruits (particularly oranges, berries and bananas), leafy green vegetables, cereals and legumes.


Both male and female partners are advised to restrict the intake of alcohol prior to the fertility treatment. In women, it may raise the risk of birth defects. In men, it may affect sperm counts.


Apart from the long term health risks, cigarette smoking may affect male sperm counts and in women, increase the risk of miscarriage, premature birth and low birth weight babies.


Some medications may have an adverse affect on either the female or male fertility or they may become ineffective when taken with certain supplements. Should you be taking any medication, please inform your TCM practitioner to ensure that this is suitable.


Certain drugs and anabolic steroids may affect male sperm counts.


Caffeine may have an effect on a women’s fertility and increase the risk of miscarriage.


Lubricants may affect sperm quality and should be avoided if you are trying to conceive.