How can you check your fertility?
There are several ways a biological female can check their fertility:
1. Menstrual cycle tracking: A regular menstrual cycle is a good indicator of normal ovulation and fertility. Tracking
menstrual cycles and ovulation can be done using apps, charts, or ovulation prediction kits.
2. Basal body temperature monitoring: Monitoring the basal body temperature (BBT) is another way to keep track
of ovulation. BBT rises slightly after ovulation and stays elevated until the next menstrual cycle.
3. Hormone testing: Hormone tests like the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) can
help determine the levels of hormones affecting ovulation.
4. Transvaginal ultrasound: A transvaginal ultrasound scan can look at the ovaries and measure the number and
size of follicles.
5. Fertility evaluation: A fertility evaluation can be done by a healthcare provider, which may include a physical
examination, medical history, and testing for sexually transmitted infections. They may also suggest a semen
analysis if a couple is trying to conceive.
It’s important to remember that fertility can be affected by various factors like age, health history, and lifestyle habits. It’s always best to consult a healthcare provider for personalized advice on assessing fertility.
How can you optimize your fertility?
Here are some strategies that can help you optimize your fertility:
Maintain a healthy weight: Being underweight or overweight can affect fertility. Women who are overweight may have higher levels of insulin, which can disrupt ovulation. Conversely, women who are underweight may have irregular menstrual cycles and decreased fertility.
Eat a healthy diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help optimize fertility.
Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce stress levels, both of which can affect fertility.
Quit smoking: Smoking can have negative effects on fertility, including decreasing the number of eggs a woman has and increasing the risk of miscarriage.
Limit alcohol intake: Heavy alcohol consumption can affect fertility by disrupting hormone levels and ovulation.
Manage stress: High levels of stress can affect fertility by disrupting hormone levels and ovulation. Managing stress through activities such as meditation, yoga, or counseling can help optimize fertility.
Monitor menstrual cycles: Tracking menstrual cycles can help you identify when they are most fertile and increase the chances of conception.
Seek medical advice: People who have been trying to conceive for a year or more, or 6 months if >35 years old, without success should seek medical advice.