Let’s discuss what the secret to increase fertility is. This is the number 1 thing you should be doing to help improve your chances of conceiving

For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Michelle Cooke, Period & Hormone Naturopath. I’m the Founder and Director of Reproductive Wellness, a clinic located in Melbourne (I see patients online & face-to-face).

What is the secret to increase fertility?

This secret can actually increase your chances of conceiving naturally by 81% and more than double your chances of conceiving through IVF cycle.

The secret I am referring to is Preconception health care. Did you know that everything you do and have been exposed to 120 days prior to conception determines whether conception, successful implantation & pregnancy takes place?

What is preconception health care?

It is a specific treatment plan that takes place in the pre-conception period (before conception) used to boost your fertility and increase your chances of having a baby.

The main focus is optimising egg & sperm quality, function, maturation & development and therefore a healthy embryo to assist with improving fertility & your ability to conceive:

*Removing toxins within the home

*Addressing nutrient deficiencies

*Sorting out hormone imbalance

*Making sure you are eating & drinking the right things for fertility

*Addressing health conditions issues that are impacting your ability to conceive

If you improve general health of course that will support healthy reproductive health as well. The health of your eggs and sperm are reflective of the nursery they are growing up in (i.e. your body). Eggs are the largest cell in the human body and sperm are the smallest so they are the most vulnerable to toxic exposure.

Treatment is a minimum of 120 days prior to conceiving. The time frame is following biology because it is approximately 100 days for an egg to mature and develop, sperm take approximately 76-80 days to mature and develop. Furthermore, if you have hormone imbalance this takes at least 3 cycles to correct and if you have a nutritional deficiency, like iron for instance this takes 120 days for a red blood cell to be replete. The body does things in its’ own time, and you simply can’t rush nature.

The statistics come from the Foresight Association, which is an association based in the UK that has 35 years’ experience in preconception health care. They have done several studies using preconception health care. They assisted couples using diet & lifestyle advice along with addressing nutritional deficiencies with nutritional medicine used as support.

In my clinical practice I use the same approach as the Foresight Association (Nutritional medicine, diet & lifestyle advice, teach you how to chart your cycle correctly in order to be able to identify your fertile time & be able to see the length of your follicular & luteal phase. In addition to herbal medicine & Naturopathic Emotional Release (NER).

NER helps to identify underlying emotions / stress or sabotages preventing you from getting pregnant. This tool uses Muscle testing & Chinese meridian points to identify the emotion & Chinese meridian points & EFT to clear & process the underlying emotion. It taps into the Autonomic Nervous System and works on subconscious beliefs.

Why do preconception health care?

It makes sense to do preconception health care because of the modern day exposures that we have now which our grandparent’s didn’t have. Things such as:


  • Pollution

  • Herbicides, pesticides & fungicides from farming

  • Poor nutrients found in our soils which impacts the fresh produce mineral and vitamin content

  • Polluted water

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Poor eating habits

  • Poor food choices

  • Stress

  • Radiation impacts, EMFs (Electromagnetic frequencies) from screens (TVs, mobile phones, laptops, tablets etc.)

  • Heavy metal exposure

 All this impacts egg and sperm quality, your ability to conceive & for a viable pregnancy to occur.

The benefits of doing preconception health care

Preconception health care will improve:

-Egg Quality

-Endometrial lining

-Hormone balance

-Sperm issues: low sperm count, motility, morphology

Preconception health care not only improves the chances of conception & pregnancy establishment. But the benefits extend to a healthy pregnancy, birth, breast feeding experience & baby to be. You can actually impact 3 generations of health! Imagine!

Your growing baby relies on your nutritional status for growth & development so you need to be topped up nutritionally before conception otherwise you and the baby will suffer as a result.

It reduces the risk of:

  • Miscarriage

  • Still birth

  • Small for date babies

  • Malformations / birth defects

 Who should do preconception health care?

Everyone! I would suggest doing this before you are thinking of conceiving, not just when you are struggling to conceive. That way if there are any issues you can get started on addressing them well before your anticipated conception goal. This will ensure that your body is in the best shape because after all a healthy body is a fertile body.

If you are thinking about having a baby or struggling to conceive and you would like to find out more. I would love to help you, go ahead and book a FREE 15 min discovery call.

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