Infertility affects men and women alike. The causes of infertility can be related to a malefactor a female factor, or both. If you are struggling as a couple with infertility problems, know that help is available. There are some measures you can take to increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

Stop Birth Control

This may seem like a no-brainer, but birth control is often used to regulate the female’s menstrual cycle so that pregnancy can be achieved once you stop taking it. If you are using Depo-Provera or implants, you should consider stopping these forms of birth control one year prior to attempting pregnancy. These drugs often remain in your system for long periods of time after you discontinue them, and they can affect fertility.

Consider Pre-Conception Nutrition

If you do not eat a healthy diet, it can affect your ability to get pregnant. Before considering a baby, you must adopt a healthy lifestyle, and important eating habits are part of this. Aim for three meals per day, with two snacks in between the meals. We encourage plenty of fruit and vegetables, small servings of meat, limited complex carbohydrates, and plenty of water. The key to avoiding overeating, or gorging on unhealthy foods, is to remain full. Don’t let more than four hours pass between snacks or meals.

Take a Prenatal Vitamin

The B vitamins and folic acid are important for pregnancy. These essentials are necessary to produce DNA and RNA in early conception. Many women do not realize they are deficient in the B vitamins when trying to gain pregnancy. In addition, you may want to take a vitamin D supplement, which will help maintain strong bones and ensure the fetus maintains implantation into the uterine wall. Zinc is a mineral present in prenatal vitamins, and it helps the body utilize estrogen and progesterone, which are necessary for conception and pregnancy.

Get Plenty of Sleep

When the body is under stress from lack of sleep, spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) is more likely. It is important that you get 8 hours of sleep each night. Research shows that irregular sleep can make it impossible to get pregnant. When we are tired, it means our body has a difficult time dealing with normal functions and metabolisms.

Get More Exercise

Exercise is one of the best ways to prepare your body for a pregnancy. The muscles must be strengthened to help you carry the extra baby weight, and your body will recover from pregnancy quicker if you are in shape. Women who exercise during pregnancy often have more energy than those who do not. Always consult with your fertility specialist regarding how much and what types of exercise is appropriate.

Get Weight Under Control

Being underweight or overweight may affect your chances for pregnancy. You should make sure your body mass index (BMI) is under 24.9 and over 18.5 to assure that pregnancy is likely. Extremes on either end of the BMI spectrum (thin or fat) can impact female fertility, and not in a good way. If your weight is not optimum, consider consulting with a dietary specialist.

Cut Back on Caffeine

Studies have linked caffeine consumption with the ability to conceive. One cup of coffee contains 100 milligrams of caffeine, and this could impact female fertility. Sodas, tea, hot chocolate, and other dietary products have caffeine, so it is necessary to limit or stop the intake of these things. Caffeine products can also affect stable metabolism.

Avoid Alcohol and Smoking

Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes will reduce the likelihood of conception, and can also lead to complications during pregnancy. Smoking deprives the eggs, embryo, and developing fetus from oxygen, and it also hastens ovarian aging. Smoking can increase chances of miscarriage. Alcohol consumption has been known to cause thin blood, which may lead to early miscarriage.