Looking to increase your pregnancy chances? Here’s a list of useful fertility home treatment tips from our experts that may just help you out.
In our infertility story of The Finder Kids Volume 29, our consulted team of professionals also shared some fertility home treatment tips. Learn about our list of home-friendly D.I.Y. ways to increase fertility chances below!
Non-Invasive Home D.I.Y. Treatments To Boost Fertility
Dr. Kelly Loi, Medical Director and Fertility Specialist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital Fertility Centre, recommends this at least two or three times a week during a woman’s fertile period.
“It’s essential to observe a healthy diet and lifestyle, exercising regularly and avoiding smoking, alcohol and other toxins – and this advice applies to both males and females,” says Dr. Kelly Loi. Dr. Stefanie Liau, a TCM practitioner, also stressed the importance of having a balanced and nutritious diet. High-quality proteins, vegetables, carbohydrates and good polyunsaturated oil like olive oil are some examples. Fertility Massage Specialist, Angelia Ng from Babies Bliss, also recommends that women try this list of drinks to help alleviate stress and improve one’s well being.
Try Dr. Stefanie Liau’s Three Beans Soup
Ingredients: Red bean, soybean and black bean 10g each, 4 dried longans and 3 dried red dates
Method: Wash the ingredients and soak the beans overnight. Remove the seeds of the red dates and cut them into strips. Drain the water used to soak the beans and replace it with fresh filtered water. Bring it to a boil. Once boiled, simmer until the beans turn soft. Finally, add in the longans and red dates, let simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
Benefits: Soybeans contain Soy flavours that have weak estrogen-like action. Black beans nourish the kidneys, red beans prevent anemia and longan contains iron, vitamins and glucose which helps in ovary development and balance progesterone secretion. Longan also helps to nourish qi and promote good sleep. Red dates nourish the spleen and stomach, helping the body in the absorption of progesterone.
Exercises like yoga, walking, jogging, swimming, pilates, taiji, qi-gong (whatever your preferences) are also helpful. The key is consistency. “Exercise can definitely help in maintaining general good health, boost the immune system and increase the quality of eggs and sperms.” says Dr. Stefanie Liau
Apart from vitamin supplements (which, Dr. Kelly Loi recommends both partners to take), women should also take folate or folic acid. “This helps to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida (damaged or incomplete spinal cord) in the baby. It’s recommended to take folate or folic acid for at least three months prior to conception and for at least the first three months of pregnancy,” says Dr. Kelly Loi.
Having a good quality of sleep is important to maintaining good general health and is definitely recommended by all our expert panel of medical doctors. Maintaining a good sleep quality will definitely boost the functions of all the organs and hence increase the fertility of women.
Medical Herbalist, Dr. Sebastian Liew from Leaf to Life believes that the menstrual cycle is sacred. He advises to keep the consumption of menstrual medications (e.g., painkillers, birth control pills) to a minimum and not to delay pregnancy, if at all possible.
Marra Hensby, founder of My Pure Earth, a sustainably-sourced essential oils brand, notes that essential oils can help in hormone regulation, increased relaxation, anxiety reduction, mood stabilization and improve quality of sleep. All of which are key to hone a conducive environment for conception. She recommends clary sage, geranium, roman chamomile for women and clary sage, cedarwood and vetiver for men. These oils are said to help reduce stress and feeling overwhelmed, as well as be calming, reassuring, and comforting. My Pure Earth offers a range of essential oils ranging from SGD $16 to $228.
Sara Lyle Bow, Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Finder has personally recommended this book for couples seeking to get pregnant. It harnesses the expertise and power of both Western and Eastern medicine to provide couples with all the information needed to make informed decisions to get pregnant in the most effective and natural way possible. Disclaimer: the authors (who are fertility doctors themselves) are not against medical intervention, but rather, they recommend it as a last resort. Oftentimes some clinics capitalise on couples’ desperations and anxieties and are therefore exploited to spend exorbitant amounts of money for treatments that are ineffective. This book, therefore, aims to bridge that knowledge gap. Buy it here.
Experts We Consulted
Dr. Kelly Loi, Medical Director at Mount Elizabeth Hospital Fertility Centre. Dr. Loi has 20-plus years of obstetrics and gynaecology experience at Mount Elizabeth Hospital Fertility Centre; specialises in In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment.
Dr. Stefanie Liau, TCM Physician at Thomson Chinese Medicine and at-home treatments. Since 2015, she has specialised in TCM infertility treatment and gynaecology, pain management, ophthalmology and paediatric massage at Thomson Chinese Medicine (9818 8255).
Dr. Sebastian Liew, Founder of Leaf to Life. The first Asian-Western medical herbalist in SG who has more than 20 years of experience.
Angelia Ng, Owner of Babies Bliss. She has 20 years of experience; specialises in alternative fertility therapy at Babies Bliss, such as Certified Fertility Massage Specialist and Fertility Strengthening (FSM) Massage.
By Willaine G. Tan, The Finder Kids Volume 29 / Additional Reporting: Sara Lyle Bow / Photos: 123RF.com.
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