Fertility Awareness and Your Sex Drive

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While you may not realize it, everyday life stresses can greatly impact your libido. Below are just a few of the ways in which they may do so:

  • Your body’s natural reaction to stress– When you feel stressed, your body will go into what is known as a “fight or flight response,” releasing cortisol and adrenaline into your blood.  If this happens to you on a regular basis, you can develop the condition of chronic stress, which interferes with the hormones in your body particular to your sexual response.
  • Your busy lifestyle– In the world today, everyone finds themselves juggling multiple roles and responsibilities. Trying to balance work and parenting with chores leaves very little time for recreational activities.  As a result, your busily working mind and very tired body will have a difficult time getting in the mood for sex.
  • Relationship stress– This is perhaps the most vicious cycle of all.  Relationship conflict can cause stress, which leads to additional circumstances causing more stress, leaving no room for your body to charge up its libido. Ironically, low libido can, in and of itself, be a major cause of relationship stress, and arguing about it can make a couple want to have sex even less.

Unfortunately, infertility is a major cause of stress in relationships. Working through such issues often involves feelings of grief, loss of control, loss of self-esteem, financial strain, and sexual pressure.  But what if you were able to reach a place where you felt fully in control of your fertility awareness?  With the stress of the unknown behind you, you would be empowered and feel free to be an open and loving sexual partner.  With Lady-Comp, an intelligent fertility monitor that learns, analyzes, and indicates your fertile days with 99.3% accuracy based on your daily body temperature and data you provide, you can start to take control of your sex life today.

 

Sources:

http://stress.about.com/od/sex/a/low_libido.htm

http://www.cchs.net/health/health-info/docs/0800/0810.asp?index=4332

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What Men Can Do to Increase Their Fertility

It is often thought that when a couple is having difficulty conceiving, the stress largely falls on the woman in the relationship, but this is simply not true.  Studies have shown that men also suffer from low self-esteem, perception of stigma, and depression when they are experiencing infertility issues.  If you are the male half of a couple having difficulty getting pregnant, there are some things you can do to increase your chances.

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  • Keep your sperm at body temperature.  A surprising culprit in overheating sperm is the laptop.  Studies have shown holding a laptop computer on your lap for too long raises you scrotal temperature.  Additionally, as most already know, doctors say that men trying to conceive should stay away from soaking in hot water as research has that it decreases men’s fertility.
  • Stop smoking.  It is strongly recommended that you quit smoking prior to trying to conceive.  Smoking reduces sperm count in men and can actually damage the DNA they are passing on.  Furthermore, exposing your partner to secondhand smoke once she becomes pregnant increases her risk of miscarriage.
  • It’s OK to have sex frequently.  It is a myth that you can increase your chances of pregnancy by “saving up” your sperm for one big session.  Your sperm count could go up after one week of not having sex, but the motility of the sperm will go down.  Doctors say not having sex for more than 5 days adversely impacts the sperm count in most men.  While having sex daily produces the highest pregnancy rate, intercourse that frequent could be stressful on both parties.  Research has found that having sex every other day produces results nearly as good.
  • Wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly.  Any exposure to pesticide, especially agricultural pesticide, can impact your fertility.

Natural Ways for Men to Increase Their Fertility

If you are trying for a baby, you already know that Lady-Comp can help you pinpoint precisely the 6 days in your cycle when you are most likely to get pregnant.  To increase the overall likelihood of pregnancy, you will want to make sure your partner is at his highest fertility levels as well.  Below are some ways your partner can increase his fertility naturally, without the use of medical intervention.

Things to add to his diet:                                        

Vitamin C: Fertility is decreased in men who are deficient in vitamin C. Men who get less than 60 milligrams of vitamin C daily have been found to have high levels of damaged sperm. In one study, sperm counts increased by almost 60 percent in men who took 1000 milligrams of vitamin C daily for two months.

Zinc: Studies have shown that zinc improves overall sperm quality in terms of both density and motility. The recommended daily allowance for men is 11 milligrams.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E may protect sperm-cell membranes. In one study, men who took 200mg of vitamin E daily increased their fertility by about 30 percent in one month.

Things to limit in his diet:

Caffeine- Any more than the equivalent of two cups of coffee per day can decrease sperm count.

High-Mercury Fish- The highest-mercury fish- swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, tuna steak, and shark- have been linked to infertility in both men and women.

Junk food- Fatty, fried, and sugary foods impair male fertility. Additionally, studies have confirmed that the more overweight the individual, the lower his total sperm count, sperm motility, and semen volume.

Fun fact- A couple’s most fertile time of day is between 5 and 7 p.m.  Women are most likely to ovulate between 3 and 7 p.m., and for men, sperm count peaks in the late afternoon, when it is 35% higher than in the morning.  After work is the perfect time to put all of your physical preparation to good use