The length of time couples take to try naturally varies. For some it’s several months and for others it’s years. It’s a personal choice. Until you fall pregnant, it can often feel like the rest of your life is on hold, with holidays, weddings, etc delayed until pregnancy is achieved. This focus and pressure can negatively affect fertility by causing frustration, which can make the menstrual cycle longer and impact the normal balance of hormones.
After some time of trying, couples can often make rash decisions to jump to IVF in an effort to finish the process and get back to their normal lives. IVF offers a ‘process’, a start and an end with a projected success rate. It’s this that allures most couples into it as trying naturally can be an open ended process. Due to the side effects of IVF, it should only be used as a last resort and not before when feelings of frustration get the better of you.
The natural route is made up of an understanding and awareness of your fertility with changes to your lifestyle, diet, exercise, etc. Additionally, you can also use alternative therapies to enhance your fertility. The use of alternative therapies in fertility treatment is growing rapidly as people try and find solutions and ways around their fertility problems. The type of therapies used range from reflexology, homeopathy, acupuncture, hypnosis, western and Chinese herbal medicine, massage, reiki, reflexology, etc. A lot of these therapies remain unproven, yet this doesn’t mean they don’t work.
Finding the right alternative therapy for you is a personal search. Some people like one type whilst others find something else works better for them. In the case of Chinese medicine, a lot of people don’t like the idea of needles and therefore might prefer reflexology. This fear of needles is normally due to bad memories they have gotten after going to their doctor or hospital for a blood test. Having acupuncture isn’t the same as having a blood test. The needles are very fine. You can actually fit 20 acupuncture needles into a syringe! Unlike most alternative therapies, there has been a lot of new research into the use of acupuncture for fertility that has confirmed it’s beneficial affects upon various aspects of fertility treatment.
Trying naturally is not a waste of time or money. Research has shown that having acupuncture weekly for 9 weeks reduced the time to conception by halve. It helps to better your health and improve your fertility. If you don’t fall pregnant naturally, acupuncture will prep you for IVF and has been shown to double it’s success rates.
How long should I try naturally for?
The length of time you want to try naturally is a personal choice but should be viewed in a critical manner. Knowing when you are at your physical, mental and emotional best and have optimized your lifestyle and diet and tried long enough is important in knowing when to move onto another route, for example assisted reproduction. A lot of people tend to move onto IVF without getting their bodies in a good position for it to work naturally. Often because people don’t want to make changes to their lives as they like them the way they are, they don’t compromise and so they don’t fall pregnant naturally and then try IVF. However, as they aren’t physically ready it affects the success rate of the IVF cycle as well as their future health.