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    Fertility boosters?
    Yvette Smith, MD, MPH posted:
    It's time. You're ready to be pregnant. You've read a bunch of pregnancy books and charted your cycles. But have you done everything you can to boost your fertility? My suggestion: Go back to the basics.

    The first thing you need to think about is being the best and healthiest you that you can. That means thinking about your current lifestyle and habits. Ask yourself these questions:

    ? Is your weight within a healthy range? If not, it's time to work on it. Start by picking a nutritious eating plan that you can live with.
    ? Are you exercising on a regular basis? If not, you can start working on that today. I recommend exercising three to four times a week for at least 30 minutes each time. Be sure to exercise in a way that raises your heart rate, but that doesn't leave you so breathless that you can't respond when spoken to.
    ? Got any other bad habits you need to break? You'll want to work on them now, also. There is absolutely no room for illicit drug use while trying for pregnancy, not for you or your partner. Moderate caffeine intake is appropriate. But there is evidence that excessive caffeine intake might interfere with fertility. And of course, if you smoke, stop now.

    On a more practical level, let's talk about the act of conceiving. While we know that there is a "prime time" for having sex, there are no advantages to avoiding intercourse in preparation for that time. Trying to "build up" or store sperm is not useful. Be mindful of using lubricants when you're trying to conceive. Many over-the-counter, water-based lubricants are spermicidal, meaning they will kill sperm. Be careful about taking any over-the-count medicines as you're trying for a baby. There is some speculation that using ibuprofen around the time of ovulation may actually interfere with ovulation.

    For further reading, I recommend WebMD's feature article, 8 Ways to Boost Your Fertility , for even more tips on successful conception.

    So, were you surprised by any of the info I've provided? What changes do you need to make before trying to conceive?
    An_191680 responded:
    I got off birth control pill back in June 2010, since then my period comes every 28-33 days. I am 34 years old, soon to be 35, I'm trying to conceive but it doesn't seem to be working. My period has been off since I got off the pill. Is this normal? What can I do to boost my fertility?
    Yvette Smith, MD, MPH replied to An_191680's response:
    The first thing I woud do is go in and get an exam with your health care provider. Generally we expect cycles to normalize within 3 months of stopping your pills. If you feel your cycles have not normalized it should be investigated. Since you have been trying to conceive for 6 months you qualify for a fertiity evaluation if you are interested as well. Often these questions overlap. Good luck!

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