If you or a loved one is trying to conceive a child, consider the following - each can help improve the odds of beginning a healthy pregnancy.
- Safety first. Avoid exposure to pesticides, paints, solvents, and other products with potentially harmful chemicals that can impair fertility.
- Eat a balanced diet and supplement wisely. Vitamins C, E, B-12, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and lycopene - in the right amounts - are all beneficial to men's fertility. Women should take folic acid before trying to conceive and during pregnancy to lower the risk of certain birth defects.
- Acupuncture. Women who attempt in-vitro fertilization may also want to try acupuncture. It may improve blood supply to reproductive organs and help decrease stress. Acupuncture in men may positively influence sperm quality and count.
- Try TCM. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a good track record in helping fertility. TCM views infertility as a problem of energy flows, and practitioners individualize treatments using herbs and other therapies.
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