If your partner and you have been trying to conceive a child with no luck, then don't feel alone. About 11 percent of women of child-bearing age in the US experience problems with conceiving a child. The first step when having conception problems is to have him tested, because the male partner is actually infertile in 40 percent of cases. Once it is clear that your partner has viable, active sperm that can lead to conception, then you can take steps to help increase your fertility. Don't worry if you cannot afford or just don't want to jump right into pricey fertility treatments, because there are natural and affordable ways to battle infertility, including the following two options with proven track records of success for many women.
1. Opt for Acupuncture
In the western world, acupuncture is often misunderstood and not thought of as real problem-solving medicine. The truth is that acupuncture is a great treatment for a variety of ailments, and one problem it can treat very successfully is infertility. Not only can you obtain it to help make you more fertile, but your male partner can, too. While often recommended as an added treatment when already in the IVF process, realize that it can be very successful as a sole infertility treatment.
Acupuncture enhances female fertility by increasing blood-flow to the uterus and lowering levels of stress hormones and signals in the body. Your uterus needs a healthy blood-flow to conceive. Also, when levels of stress hormones in your body are high, your fertility is decreased as a defense mechanism. If you have ever experienced a delayed or missed period due to stress, then you have already experienced this mechanism in action. Your body is programmed to make conception more difficult during stressful times, because in earlier days, increased stress may have meant that food was scarce or a woman was in a hostile environment. The female body then makes conception difficult to ensure that a baby is not born when times are very tough and a woman is having a difficult time surviving on her own, let alone with a new baby to feed and protect.
In men, acupuncture promotes healthy sperm production. So, whether your partner already has a healthy sperm count or not, having him obtain acupuncture with you can promote conception by ensuring he is producing as many healthy, active sperm as possible. Although it only takes one to conceive a child, the more he produces during intercourse, the higher the likelihood that one will end up swimming up into a fallopian tube and meeting a healthy egg.
2. Make Massage Therapy a Priority
Massage is often looked at as a luxurious way to relax and unwind, but massage therapy for infertility is very different than traditional massage. When first visiting a massage therapist, they will tailor the technique they use on your based on your specific cause of infertility. If you don't know the cause, then that is okay, too, because there are general techniques they can use that still help greatly.
For example, a woman who was suffering from infertility was informed by a doctor that she had "blocked" fallopian tubes. Blockages can occur due to scarring from a past infection or simply from having too much thick mucus running through them that prevents sperm from traveling through them to complete the first step of conception where sperm meets an egg in the tube. She was told she would never conceive without obtaining IVF, or In-vitro Fertilization, but she sought out massage therapy first. The massage therapist massaged her pelvis, concentrating on her fallopian tubes. After just 20 hours of massage therapy spread out among several sessions, she successfully conceived a child naturally just a few short months later.
Tubal blockages are very common in women who experience endometriosis, which is one of the most common causes of infertility. If you don't know the specific cause of your infertility, then a good massage therapist can often find it just by how your reproductive system feels when massaging your pelvis.
If you want to try it for yourself, you can start with a quick DIY pelvic massage to see what it feels like. The best time to perform it is between day 6 and day 14 of your monthly cycle, with day 6 being the day after your period ends. It should never be done during the last two weeks of your cycle, because it could disrupt an egg that has already implanted, and this could lead to miscarriage. The technique for pelvic massage and other massages that enhance fertility are outlined on this natural health website.
If you have been diagnosed as, or simply suspect that you are, infertile due to months of trying to conceive with no results, then realize that there are natural and affordable ways to help you conquer infertility without IVF or other invasive, expensive procedures. Acupuncture and massage have both been very successful for many women, and you can even try both at the same time or alternate treatments until you finally conceive the baby you have always wanted.
For more information, go to websites of local acupuncture and massage therapy clinics.