Lifestyle Practices That Will Help You Prevent Infertility
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Published by TOP4 Team
Women naturally have a drop in fertility starting around the age of 30, when there’s a reduction in the quantity and quality of eggs. Research has shown that one out of seven women between 30 and 34 will have trouble conceiving. Between 35 and 39, the odds change to one in five, and by the time a woman reaches 40 to 45, they’re one in four.
Lifestyle factors play a large role in your ability to conceive. When self-care isn’t enough, medication or surgery can often make the difference. For more difficult cases, assisted reproduction wonders such as in vitro fertilisation and artificial insemination can make parents out of people who at one time would have been considered sterile. How aggressively you choose to treat infertility depends largely on how much cost you’re willing to invest – in terms of time, money, risk and emotion.
Regardless of the medical options, you need to maintain a lifestyle that will push the odds in your favour.
Moderate your exercise.
If you exercise especially vigorously, such as running in marathons, you may experience ovulation delays or disruptions. Limit yourself to 45-minute daily workouts such as strength training, walking, cycling or aerobics.
Keep your environment pure.
Limit your exposure as much as possible to photography chemicals, pesticides, solvents, and dust from treated wood or heavy metals such as mercury and lead. Environmental toxins have been linked to infertility in women and sperm abnormalities in men. If you or your spouse has to work with these or other toxins, wear a respirator or breathing mask, protective gloves and clothing, and always ensure that there’s adequate ventilation.
Avoid cigarette smoke.
Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke. Both will reduce the production of egg and sperm cells.
Give up or limit your alcohol intake.
Giving up alcohol is a good way to promote fertility. One study has shown that among women who consumed alcohol while trying to conceive, the probability of conception dropped more than 50% when compared with women who abstained from alcohol.
If you continue to drink, limit yourself to three drinks a week. On specific days when you’re trying to conceive, avoid alcohol altogether.
Switch to decaffeinated drinks.
Studies have shown that beverages with caffeine can cause delays in conceiving, and they may increase the risk of early miscarriage.