Conception Support

Understanding Infertility

What is infertility

Infertility is defined by the World Health Organization as the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. It can affect both men and women and may result from a range of genetic, physiological, and environmental factors.

Common causes of infertility include:

  • In women: Ovulatory disorders, fallopian tube damage, endometriosis, uterine conditions, and age-related factors.
  • In men: Low sperm count or motility, abnormal sperm function, blockages that prevent sperm delivery, and lifestyle influences such as diet, stress, and exposure to environmental toxins.

Diagnosing infertility may involve several tests including physical exams, blood tests to check hormone levels, ultrasound imaging to view the reproductive organs, and semen analysis in men.

The top myths

Myth: Healthy couples don’t experience infertility.

Fact: Even perfectly healthy individuals can experience infertility due to hidden issues like genetic conditions or subtle hormonal imbalances that do not have other health impacts.


Myth: Infertility is only a woman’s issue.

Fact: Infertility affects both men and women nearly equally. Male infertility issues contribute to about 30-50% of all infertility cases.


Myth: Infertility is primarily caused by stress.

Fact: While stress can affect hormone levels and thus fertility, it is rarely the sole cause of infertility. Medical issues such as ovulatory problems and low sperm count are leading causes.

Infertility stats

  1. Approximately 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy.
  2. Around 7.4% of married women aged 15-44 years are infertile, and about 12.1% of women, regardless of marital status, have used infertility services in their lifetime.
  3. Women's fertility naturally begins to decline after age 32, and more significantly after age 37.
  4. Men also experience a decline in sperm quality with age, particularly after age 40.
  5. The average IVF success rate is about 22-30% per cycle, varying significantly with the age of the woman.


Practical Tips for Enhancing Fertility

Proper nutrition

Diet & Nutrition

A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients can significantly impact fertility for both men and women. Here’s how you can optimize your dietary choices:

Increase Intake of Antioxidants: Foods rich in antioxidants like vitamins C and E, folate, beta-carotene, and lutein can improve fertility by reducing oxidative stress. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Choose Whole Grains Over Refined Carbs: High intakes of refined carbohydrates can impact insulin levels and disrupt hormonal balance. Opt for whole grains like oats, quinoa, and brown rice, which help maintain steady blood sugar levels.

Incorporate Healthy Fats: Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish like salmon and sardines, and in flaxseeds and walnuts, are essential for hormone production and can improve sperm count and mobility.

Consume More Plant Protein: Beans, nuts, seeds, and tofu are excellent sources of protein and can be more beneficial for fertility than animal sources of protein. Limit red meat and choose plant or more lean protein sources.



Harvard Health Publishing. The Fertility Diet.

American Pregnancy Association. Nutrition and Fertility.


Exercise Guidelines

Regular exercise is beneficial for fertility, but moderation is key. Here’s how to effectively balance exercise for reproductive health:

Moderate Exercise: Engage in regular, moderate exercise such as brisk walking, light jogging, swimming, or cycling for about 150 minutes per week. This level of activity is associated with improved fertility in both men and women.

Avoid Excessive Exercise: High-intensity and prolonged exercise sessions can actually reduce fertility in some women. It’s important to find a balance that keeps your body healthy without overstressing it.

Include Strength Training: Moderate strength training can help maintain a healthy weight and improve fertility. Focus on bodyweight exercises or light weights with more repetitions.

Yoga for Fertility: Yoga can be particularly beneficial for reducing stress and improving blood flow to reproductive organs, enhancing fertility.



Obstetrics & Gynecology. Physical Activity and Fertility.

Stress Management

Stress Management

Stress can have a significant impact on fertility by affecting hormone levels and overall health. Here are effective ways to manage stress:

Mindfulness and Meditation: Regular practice of mindfulness or meditation can reduce stress and improve your emotional well-being, creating a better environment for conception.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT can be an effective tool in managing stress, anxiety, and depression related to infertility.

Scheduled Relaxation: Make time for activities that you enjoy and that relax you, such as reading, spending time in nature, or engaging in hobbies.

Stay Connected: Maintaining social support through family, friends, or support groups can help alleviate feelings of isolation associated with fertility struggles.



Fertility and Sterility. Effects of Stress on Fertility.

Mayo Clinic. Stress Management.

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