Sometimes, traditional and non-traditional methods work best when combined. At least that's the stance of Sami David, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist and Jill Blakeway, L.Ac, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist. They wrote a book together called, Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility that recommends using both western and eastern medicine to dramatically increase your chances of fertility.
The book follows a regimen that actually changes with a woman's cycle, asserting that there are certain foods that are advantageous to each phase.
Starting with menstruation, you'll eat foods rich in iron to replace blood lost. Iron-rich foods include meat, beans, fish, leafy greens, and seeds. Vitamin C is the best compliment to these foods because it helps your body absorb the iron. Find it in bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, kiwi, and citrus.
After your period, the follicular phase begins. Estrogen levels are on the rise as your body works to develop a follicle. Nuts, seeds, green vegetables, legumes, eggs, and fish should help the process along preparing you for the next part.
When you reach ovulation, you want to give your body all the support it needs to release an egg that's there to stay. Fish oil, leafy greens, whole grains, eggs, legumes, meat, and fish are what they recommend. Also, drink plenty of water. The more hydrated you are, the thinner your cervical mucus, and the easier it is for the sperm to get to the egg.
Last but not least, you enter the luteal phase. Fertilization and implantation occur here, so they say you should feed your body for cell growth to promote conception. Beta-carotene can help keep hormonal balance and bromelain can help support implantation through its anti-inflammatory properties. Try carrots and sweet potato for beta-carotene and pineapple for bromelain. They recommend avoiding cold or raw foods during this period, as you'll want to create higher temperatures in your body to hold the pregnancy if you conceived.