Healthy lifestyle tips to promote fertility

Today’s life is all about ‘speed’, but couples don’t seem to be conceiving at the same speed – the culprit being stress and anxiety leading to infertility. However, a few lifestyle modifications can increase your chances of getting pregnant. Read on…

These days, couples are seen visiting fertility clinics more often and experts opine that there is a definite link between stress and fertility. While stress and unhealthy lifestyle may lead to low sperm count in men, women experience irregular menstrual cycles and hormonal imbalance, making it difficult to have children. Experts advise that couples who do not conceive even after 12 months of contraceptive-free intercourse, should consult a specialist, especially if the woman is below the age of 34.

Though preventing most types of infertility might not be possible, here are a few changes you can make to improve your lifestyle in order to promote fertility!

Control weight

Weight management is an important factor for both men and women. Being overweight or underweight can lead to infertility. Women are at a higher risk of ovulation disorders if they are overweight/underweight. However, make sure that weight loss is a gradual process comprising of a healthy balanced diet as well as regular exercise. Going on crash diets will only lead to disturbances in your menstrual cycles and also decrease ovulation. In men, rigorous and strenuous exercise might lead to lowered sperm count. Therefore, while trying to lose weight make sure you consult an experienced nutritionist or a weight-loss expert.

Avoid alcohol

Did you know that consumption of too much alcohol can compromise fertility in both men and women? Experts advise elimination of alcohol from your life if you are planning to conceive. Several studies show that alcohol affects the fetus, leading to a condition called fetal alcohol syndrome. In men, alcohol can cause low sperm count. However, an occasional glass or wine or beer will not affect your fertility in any manner.

Kick the caffeine

According to a study conducted by the researches of University of Nevada School of Medicine, consuming too much caffeine could lead to infertility in women. Caffeine can apparently reduce the activity of the muscles in the fallopian tubes, which carry the woman’s eggs from ovaries to the womb.

Caffeine is also known to constrict blood vessels, slowing down the blood flow to uterus, making it difficult to the egg to grab hold. However, low or moderate consumption of caffeine does not appear to have any effects. If you are a coffee lover, turn to decaf gradually, as trying to kick caffeine off your life in one go might give you nasty headaches! Try and have flavoured milk instead of coffee. This will also fulfill your daily requirement of calcium!

Quit smoking

Men who smoke are at a higher risk of facing infertility problems. Smoking could lead to lowered sperm count and also sperm motility (the sperm’s ability to move towards and penetrate the egg) issues. The other common issue faced by smokers is erectile dysfunction.

In women, smoking can lead to delay in conceiving and it is often observed that fertility improves when they quit smoking. There are studies which have shown that women who quit smoking at least two months before trying to get pregnant were able to conceive more quickly than women who continued to smoke while trying.

Eat healthy

Pack your diet with healthy nutrient-rich foods! Foods rich in antioxidants, B vitamins and iron are known to boost fertility. Keep a tab on refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice, pasta etc. Eat your reds and greens and yellows regularly – yes, we are talking about fruits and vegetables. They are packed with phytochemicals, antioxidants, micronutrients, vitamins and minerals. Make all the berries, leafy greens and colourful veggies a part of your daily diet. Consume at least two cups of fruits and three cups of vegetables should be a part of your diet every day!

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