How to Boost Fertility in Your 30s
You may not feel ready to try for a baby before you have reached your 30s and are more settled and prepared. Unfortunately, this is also the decade when your fertility will start to naturally decline, but it does not have to be a cause for concern. It is still possible for you and your partner (if you have one) to conceive at this time, and there are a few things you can do to boost your fertility and improve your chances of success.
Read on to learn more about how to boost your fertility in your 30s, or contact our private clinic in London to book a consultation and get advice from a friendly, experienced specialist.
How to Boost Your Fertility in Your 30s
The easiest and most common ways for people to boost their fertility once they’ve reached their 30s are changes that doctors will normally recommend as part of a healthy lifestyle:
- Control your alcohol consumption, or avoid it entirely
- Eat a balanced and healthy diet (this can include good sources of protein, healthy fats like nuts, avocado, and oily fish, and portions of fruit and vegetables)
- Get moderate but regular exercise (this should not be too much, as overdoing it can negatively affect ovulation)
- Stop smoking, if you do
- Stop using recreational drugs, if you do
- Try to reduce things in your life that may be causing you stress
Experts may also recommend various supplements to both male and female patients, particularly those that help to boost:
- Folate levels in the body (as this is the food form of vitamin B9)
- Selenium (as this is good for sperm quality)
- Zinc (which helps a body carry a healthy pregnancy and also helps with sperm production)
There are also several things experts will recommend you avoid, no matter what age you are when trying to start a family:
- Caffeine (it can be consumed in moderation, but no more than two cups of tea or coffee a day)
- Full-fat dairy (this is advice for men, as it has been associated with lower sperm quality)
- Soy protein isolate (this is advice for men, as it may disrupt hormone levels and have an impact on testosterone)
- Sugary drinks and drinks with artificial sweeteners
- Unhealthy and processed foods
How to Boost Fertility in Your Late 30s
The first thing to know is that reaching your late 30s makes it harder to conceive, whether you were born biologically male or female. After about the age of 35, both women and men experience a significant decline in the quality of their eggs and sperm. This makes it harder for an egg to be fertilised, and even eggs that are fertilised may not always achieve a healthy pregnancy or result in the birth of a child. In most cases, it will take around 2 years for couples aged between 35 and 39 to conceive naturally.
Alongside advice to keep trying, as many couples will succeed within the given time frame, and the suggestions we have provided above, there is one particular piece of advice that may help to increase your chances of getting pregnant in your late 30s:
Track Your Period
By carefully tracking your menstrual cycle and finding your “fertility window”, you are more likely to put yourself in the best position to conceive naturally. Your fertility window consists of the 4 or 5 days that take place before you ovulate, and it is during this time that you are most fertile. Because sperm can live for around 5 to 7 days in the female reproductive system, having unprotected sex during this time is more likely to result in a released egg being fertilised.
To ensure that you are having sex within the right time frame (and to make sure that you are ovulating regularly every month), you should plan to keep a diary that details when you are having your menstrual cycle. Over several months you may be able to establish a pattern of when your period is happening and determine your fertile window from this. Your doctor may also be able to help you in keeping this diary if you would like them to help.
Seeing a Specialist
If the advice provided above does not work, or a diagnosis has been made that suggests it will not be enough to start you on the road to parenthood, it is highly recommended that you talk to your doctor or healthcare provider again. They should be able to refer you to a fertility specialist, who can take you through a series of tests, investigations, and assessments to diagnose issues related to infertility.
GENNET City Fertility can offer patients a range of options for assessing their fertility and making an expert diagnosis. These are all available for patients ranging from the ages of 18 to 46:
Our Male Fertility Assessment Options
We can offer two different options for testing and diagnosing male infertility. The first of these is our Male Fertility Assessment. This involves collecting a sperm sample from you and conducting a semen analysis, testing several different factors within the sample that often affect fertility in men. All of these are factors related to sperm quality, including count, morphology (the shape of the cells), and motility (their ability to move).
The second option that we offer is our Comprehensive Male Fertility Clinic. This weekly package session offers all the fertility tests and assessments you need to be carried out in a shorter space of time and is carried out by our Head Urologist and Andrologist, Mr Raheem. It also offers a precautionary scan to rule out testis cancer, advice on lifestyle changes, and any recommended treatments based on the results of your tests.
You will also be offered a consultation with a specialist, and they will be able to provide advice and recommendations for lifestyle changes that may help to boost fertility in your case. As a result, you may be in a better position to conceive naturally.
Our Female Fertility Assessment
If you would like to check up on your fertility with the help of a professional, we can also provide a Female Fertility Assessment. This straightforward two-step procedure will begin with an invitation to our clinic and an Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) blood test, which helps our team reliably predict your ovarian reserve. This gives us an indication of your fertility potential.
The second step involves a fertility scan with an antral follicle count, which also measures ovarian reserve but is conducted via a transvaginal ultrasound study. Doing this helps us to learn more about your egg reserve and the blood flow to your ovaries and follicles.
After this, you will spend some time in consultation with a fertility specialist, who will go over your fertility and medical history, and explain the results of your tests to tell you your chances of getting pregnant naturally. They may also offer you options for treatment, as well as advice on lifestyle changes that might boost fertility in your case.
Booking a Consultation
If you know that you are ready to begin expanding your family but feel as though you may need some help along the way, contact GENNET City Fertility today. We’ll be glad to book you in for a free, mini consultation with a discreet and understanding specialist, which includes an initial assessment, advice on lifestyle recommendations, and even options for treatments if necessary.
From our tests and assessments to the Assisted Reproductive Technologies that we offer, everything we do will be done with your needs and comfort in mind. You will never be pressured into any procedures that you do not want, and everything you would like will form part of a bespoke treatment plan that’s tailored to you.
Together, we can help you take the next step toward parenthood.