How to Enhance Fertility Naturally

Dr. Frank Lipman's Be Well blog | 2017

Infertility in the United States is on the rise.

In 2013, nearly 1 in 6 U.S. couples didn’t conceive a child within a year of trying, according to a study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. That number is up significantly from just one year earlier when 1 in 10couples couldn’t get pregnant.

Many studies support the idea that fertility rates are significantly lower than in previous decades. The only debate, notes the Pew Research Center, is if fertility rates are very low — or at their all-time lowest.

“We’re at an unprecedented moment in human culture,” says functional nutritionist and women’s hormone expert Alisa Vitti. “Idiopathic infertility – or infertility with an unknown cause – is on the rise.”

As a result, more couples are turning to medical interventions, such as fertility medication, artificial insemination, and in vitro fertilization. For example, in 2013, almost 175,000 rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF) took place — that’s a 65 percent increase since 2003, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.

The hopeful news? Expensive medical procedures aren’t the only route. There are effective drug-free, nutrition-and-lifestyle-based strategies that can significantly increase a couple’s chance of conceiving...

Laine Bergeson