So this weekend I turn the big 35! As someone who went to medical school at an older age and put off childbearing for career purposes, I know I’m not alone on this path. There are many women out there who are in similar situations. We put everything “on hold” for education and career building-retirement savings, home building, international vacations, and having kids. I’ve met many Super Women who have done it all. Women went back to school, while working, while being a mom, and I have SO MUCH respect for them! I’m just in awe whenever I hear their stories! But for those of us who have been putting things on hold and still would like to have children, there some natural ways to help preserve fertility.
Antioxidants have been shown to help increase conception rates, most likely by decreasing oxidative stress in the ova and sperm. Taking supplements of, or consuming foods rich in selenium, vitamins C and E, as well as drinking tea are great ways to increase antioxidant intake. Additionally, supplementing with magnesium, zinc, folate, vitamin B6 and B12, have also been beneficial in increasing pregnancy success rates. L-arginine has been studied as a supplement to help increase blood flow to the reproductive organs. Vitex is an herb that is commonly used to help treat PMS. It has also been shown to help improve luteal phase progesterone levels and increase pregnancy rates. And most importantly, decreasing stress! Very precise levels of glucocorticoids are required for proper function of the reproductive system. Keep your cortisol levels down by relaxing with yoga, massage, mindfulness, or a long overdue vacation. I encourage you to discuss these therapies with your healthcare provider and see if some may be beneficial for you.
If you are, or have been, in a similar situation as I am, I would love to hear from you! What’s your story about balance career and family?