The Link between Lifestyle Choices and Female Fertility

If you’ve been trying to conceive for a year, or if you’re a woman over 35 years of age and haven’t been able to conceive after trying for 6 months, chances are you are infertile.

Additionally, women who can and do get pregnant but are unable to carry it forward and complete the pregnancy are also infertile. The number of women in this state in the United States of America is in fact 6.1 million, and they lie between the age range of 15 and 44.

Most women, when they realize that they can’t get pregnant, often put on a show of genuine incredulity: how and why is this happening? They often question: I am a fairly healthy person, I haven’t had any major illnesses, I believe in God, etc.

The reasons might not be exactly so grand after all—most women, it’s found out, face infertility because of certain lifestyle choices that they make.

Curious as to what these lifestyle choices might be?

Weight

Even where it doesn’t concern the ability to perceive, it’s vital that you stay mindful of your weight and that you maintain it throughout. And if you think that being overweight is the only unhealthy factor that leads to impaired fecundity, think again.

Being underweight might pose an even bigger problem, because your body will not be sufficiently equipped to carry the baby for the long term. Additionally, when you’re underweight, your ovulation will be reduced or even inhibited.

Unprotected Sex

This one should go without saying, but having unprotected sex can lead to sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia. Chlamydia has been known to lead to infertility, as well as gonorrhea and other STDs.

Sleep Deprivation

Manju Rentala MD, a Wellness and Life Coach in New York City, will tell you to avoid the night shift if you ask her for lifestyle advice. Why? Because it could lead to sleep deprivation and that is a problem that directly leads to reduced hormone production. At any rate, if you must do the night shift at your workplace, ensure that you’re getting optimal sleep during the day to make up for the loss.

Smoking

So you thought that a cigarette a day keeps the stress away? We get it, it does. But if you’re planning to conceive later on, be warned that smokers are twice as likely to be infertile as non-smokers. In women, smoking caused the eggs to age, and can even cause premature depletion of eggs.

Alcohol

Ovulation disorders and alcoholism go hand-in-hand. If you’re already trying and haven’t been able to conceive, you must shun alcohol completely. If you’re planning to conceive in the future, avoid heavy drinking and if possible minimize it to a negligible degree. You probably already know that you should avoid alcohol when pregnant—that’s because fetal alcohol syndrome is a thing, and can be the reason you have trouble finishing pregnancy terms.

Caffeine

We get it, functioning without coffee is hard. And we’re not telling you to go on a lifetime coffee-boycott. All we’re telling you is to keep your daily intake limited to 200 mg or lower. A cup or two, that weighs 6 or 8 ounces, is fine for a day.

Contact a Wellness Coach

If you’d like to take your infertility issue further up with a certified Wellness and Life Coach, get in touch with Manju Rentala today. She has helped coach many women who were going through the same problem as you, and will listen to all your woes before giving professional advice.

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