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Difficulties conceiving can be a source of immense heartbreak and frustration. If you are in your 40s or older these feelings are often compounded by a sense of panic that time is running out. Although inevitably your changing hormonal picture means your fertility naturally declines as you age, there are many natural approaches you can take to maximise your chances of conception.
So, please don’t worry you’ve left it too late to have a baby – help is at hand. Read on to discover more.
Your hormones naturally fluctuate in a monthly pattern, but as you reach your 40s and beyond, they also naturally alter. Often you won’t ovulate every month. This means no progesterone is released as usual in the second half of your cycle. You might not know you haven’t ovulated, but you may notice your period is heavier or lighter than usual, or it arrives at a different time. These are all signs your hormones are out of kilter.
If you don’t ovulate every month, you’ll end up with low progesterone relative to oestrogen, a situation known as oestrogen dominance. If this is the case, any egg which is released and implanted into your uterus will have a hard time developing and the pregnancy may fail.
So, managing unbalanced hormones is key to improving your fertility. Many women in the UK are now leaving it later in life to have children, and the good news is, the fertility rate for the over-40s is now higher than for women in their 20s.
Knowing how diet and lifestyle can harmonise your hormones will help to increase your chances of conception.
Many women have healthy babies into their 40s and older, so it’s not too late to make positive dietary and lifestyle changes to maximise your fertility. But even if you’re still in your 20s or early 30s and want to wait a while before trying to conceive, neither is it too early to lay the foundations for a healthy pregnancy.
Your therapist will support you by assessing your diet, nutrient status and lifestyle to naturally increase your chances of conception. Functional testing can reveal your personal hormonal picture and any nutrient deficiencies.
Would you like to improve your chances of conceiving? Why not book a free 15-minute discovery call to see if Functional Medicine is for you?
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