Executive Director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Victoria Maizes, M.D., said one of the most stressful things that people can experience is infertility.
But what about those old wives tales to help you conceive?
Doctors used to tell women to stand on their heads to help eggs and sperm collide. That is a myth! It also won't help to lift your legs up in the air for 20 minutes after sex.
And myth number three? Being on the pill for too long will delay pregnancy. Wrong again, but Dr. Maizes says there are some simple things you can do to maximize your fertility.
Eat a diet rich in omega-3's. Research shows omega-3's found in oily fish promote a healthy menstrual cycle.
Another food that turns out to matter is milk. A harvard study finds women who drank whole milk daily were 27% more likely to ovulate.
Finally, consider acupuncture, especially when combined with IVF. If you do acupuncture at the time of embryo transfer, there is a 91% increased rate of live birth. That's almost twice the likelihood of success.
At an average $12,000 per IVF cycle, acupuncture could save you thousands and help give you a priceless gift.
Something else to watch out for when trying to get pregnant is yoga. While going zen lessens stress, avoid the vigorous variety. Talk to your teacher about any twisting poses you do that could cause an early delivery.
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