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Lifestyle Habits May Impact Fertility

Lifestyle Habits May Impact Fertility

Your lifestyle could be doing harm to your chances of conceiving. You and your partner should look closely at your habits to see if you can increase your odds of conception. Weight and exercise may play a large role in getting pregnant, studies now show.

If you're an overweight woman, you produce extra insulin, which can lead to you producing too many male hormones and your ovaries to stop releasing eggs each month. If you are underweight or have an eating disorder, you most likely will not have a menstrual cycle, as your body has stopped producing eggs. Your body has gone into starvation mode, and only by gaining a healthy amount of weight can your fertility return to normal. For men, being underweight can result in a low sperm count.

If you suffer from chronic health conditions that require medications, you need to talk to your doctor. Some prescription medicines cause fertility problems or prevent women from ovulating, so you need to discuss options with your physician. He or she may be able to provide you an alternative medication, or recommend fertility drugs to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Exercise is definitely important for a healthy lifestyle, but did you know that too much exercise can impact fertility? For women and men, too much exercise can cause fertility problems: men have a low sperm count and women's ovulation is affected. Your menstrual period can also stop if you exercise too much, as you most likely will be underweight and the egg can't properly implant in the uterus wall.

Alcohol consumption and smoking can have an impact on fertility. For women, smoking or drinking too much can result in ovulation problems, while it causes low sperm count in men. If you smoke or drink a large amount of alcohol each week, you need to cut down in order to have a better chance of getting pregnant. Besides damaging your chance of conceiving a baby, these lifestyle habits are dangerous around an infant and child.

If you pay close attention to your lifestyle, including diet, exercise and current medications, you can up your odds of becoming a parent. There's nothing wrong with a glass of wine here and there, but if you drink excessively or smoke cigarettes, you're advised to quit if you really want to conceive. Contrary to what some people may think, it's important for both men and women to make these lifestyle changes if they are serious about conceiving.


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