Fertility is the natural capability to produce offspring. Many genetic and environmental factors can affect fertility in men and women. However, it is possible to increase the chances of having a successful pregnancy using natural methods.

Fertility issues affect up to 15% of couples. Luckily, there are a few natural ways to increase your fertility and become pregnant faster. Here are natural ways to boost fertility in women.

Eat Food that is rich in Antioxidants.

Anti-oxidants like Folate and zinc may improve fertility for both men and women. The antioxidants deactivate the free radicals in your body, which can damage both sperm and egg. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, nut and grains are packed full of beneficial antioxidants like vitamins C and E, Folate, beta-carotene and lutein.

Reduce Stress

Stress can reduce fertility in women. Alpha-amylase is a biological marker of stress that scientists can measure in saliva samples. A study from 2011 showed that women with higher alpha-amylase levels may have a lower chance of conceiving naturally. Engaging in stress reduction activities can increase fertility in women.

Quitting Smoking and Avoid Excess Alcohol

Smoking tobacco can disrupt hormone levels and cause menopause to occur at an early age. Alcohol consumption can negatively affect fertility. However it’s unclear how much alcohol is needed to cause this effect.

Maintain a healthy weight

Weight is one of the most influential factors when it comes to fertility. Being either overweight or underweight can reduce fertility in women.  Losing weight could help people overcome some of these difficulties. A review suggested that women who are overweight or obese can increase the success of their fertility treatment by losing weight.

Remain physically active

Being physically active can also increase fertility in women. Exercise has many benefits for your health and a sedentary lifestyle has been associated with a higher risk of infertility. For obese women, both moderate and intense physical activity, together with weight loss, had a positive effect on fertility.

Try a Multivitamin

Women who take multivitamins may be less likely to experience ovulatory infertility. A study found that a dietary supplement including chasteberry, green tea, vitamin E and vitamin B6, improved chances of conception.

Eat Less Refined Carbs

It’s not just the amount of carbs that’s important, but also the type. Refined carbs may be especially problematic. Refined carbs include sugary foods and drinks and processed grains, including white pasta, bread and rice. These carbs are absorbed very quickly, causing spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Refined carbs also have a high glycemic index (GI).