From being told to sleep in total darkness to suggesting lubricants are a no-go [1]; with so much information available for those trying to conceive - it can be hard to know what to believe and most importantly, where to begin!

The truth is, you’re more likely to get pregnant if both you are your partner are in good health[2], this means:

  • Sticking to a healthy weight
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Keeping alcohol to a minimum

See also: 6 Tips When Trying To Conceive


The best way to understand and monitor your fertility is with a test - this can be done with your local doctor or by taking an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s range of Female Fertility Tests provides a broad picture of a woman’s hormonal health. This can provide you with an insight into your current fertility status with online results available in just 5 days and medical support available over-the-phone for support and guidance.

See also: How Do You Check Female Fertility From Home?



How can you promote healthy fertility?


The topic of fertility can sometimes feel like a maze - but we want to ensure you, it shouldn’t feel that way. The most tried and tested approach to promoting healthy fertility comes down to a healthy lifestyle and simply trying at the right time!


Sticking to a healthy weight


If you or your partner are under or overweight, it can potentially affect your chances of conceiving.

If a woman’s BMI is below 19 or above 30, she may have fertility issues whereas if a man’s BMI is over 30, it’s likely that his fertility will be lower than usual [3].


Avoiding smoking


Smoking may reduce fertility in women. It has been associated with damage to the eggs and ovaries; this can increase the time it takes to conceive as well as accelerate menopause [4].


Keeping alcohol to a minimum


If you’re trying to conceive, the safest approach is to avoid alcohol to keep risks to your baby at a minimum. For men, drinking excessively can affect the quality of his sperm [5].


Try at the right time


It’s more likely that you’ll conceive if you have sex when your ovaries are releasing an egg - this occurs within a day or so of ovulation (around 14 days after the end of your last period) [6].


You should consider taking a Female Fertility test if:

  • You’re looking to start a family
  • You’re thinking about pregnancy down the line
  • You’re interested in knowing more about your hormone levels
  • You’re experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance


References

  1. L Anderson, S E Lewis, N McClure. The effects of coital lubricants on sperm motility in vitro. Online: Academic.oup.com, 1998
  2. NHS. How can I increase my chances of getting pregnant? Online: Nhs.uk, 2018
  3. NHS. How can I increase my chances of getting pregnant? Online: Nhs.uk, 2018
  4. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Smoking and infertility. Online: Fertstert.org, 2008
  5. NHS. How can I increase my chances of getting pregnant? Online: Nhs.uk, 2018
  6. NHS. How can I increase my chances of getting pregnant? Online: Nhs.uk, 2018