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Boosting Fertility and improving your chances of having a healthy pregnancy

Optimising Fertility and getting ready for treatment or pregnancy requires both physical and mental preparation. We understand how stressful this can be and hope the advice below helps you.

Lifestyle factors

  • Age: the younger you are the better your chances, avoid leaving having a baby too late
  • Diet: there are no wonder foods for fertility, however a balanced diet with a generous portion of vegetables, fruit and anti-oxidants will help.
  • Body weight: being under or overweight significantly reduces your fertility.
  • Exercise: moderate regular exercise is good but excessive exercise reduces Fertility and increase the risk of Miscarriage
  • Smoking: avoid completely as this reduces your chances
  • Environmental toxins: avoid newly painted rooms, strong perfumes and toxic fumes

Improving female fertility

  • Folic acid- supplements this is strongly recommended and should be taken until 12 weeks into the pregnancy.
  • Vitamins- supplements containing Vit D and Vit B12 can also be beneficial.
  • Alcohol- avoid consuming more than 4 units a week
  • Caffeine- avoid more than 1-2 cups of coffee or tea a day.

Improving male fertility

  • Antioxidants can reduce the damage that free radicals can have on sperm
  • Vitamin supplements containing Vitamin C, E, selenium and zinc can improve sperm.
  • Alcohol in large quantities reduces sperm production
  • Obesity impacts on sperm production
  • Cycling long distances can reduce sperm quality


Infertility brings with it much emotional stress and can affect many aspects of your life. If you are under too much stress this may have some effect the way you cope with treatment and your chances of success.

We have experienced accredited fertility counselors who are available to provide specialist support if required

The BCRM team and specialist fertility counsellors are also here to guide and support you by helping with any questions you may have during your journey with us.

Our treatment support is provided free of charge to patients undergoing Fertility treatment. Find out more here: PATIENT SUPPORT