How wonderful would it be if there were no such thing as infertility?
If you’re currently trying to conceive, we can pretty much guess your reaction to that question! Often, Infertility is caused by diseases or disorders that can occur in both men and women, and lifestyle choices may not impact upon them significantly. These include conditions like Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (also known as Premature Ovarian Failure), Varicocele, or Klinefelter’s Syndrome.
In other cases, our day-to-day decisions about nutrition, smoking and other issues can have an effect on our ability to become a parent and for many, will go a long way towards infertility prevention. These choices might reduce or eliminate infertility in some cases, and make infertility treatment more successful in others.
On The American Fertility Association’s website, you will find extensive information about a variety of diagnoses and preventive measures you might be able to take that can increase your chances at conception and teach you what you need to know about infertility prevention.
Infertility Prevention and Nutrition
If you’re a cookbook junkie you may have noticed something very interesting. Nutritional plans that are touted for cancer prevention, high blood pressure prevention and heart disease prevention are very similar, and sometimes identical, to those thought to be effective for infertility prevention. Healthy foods like vegetables, fruits and lean protein are good for you throughout your life, not just while you are trying to conceive. Your food choices impact upon your over-all health and your reproductive health as well, and this is true for both men and women.
To learn about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and carbohydrate intake, click here.
Infertility Prevention and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)
Sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea can result in Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Pelvic Inflammatory Disease can lead to Tubal Factor Infertility and will cause more than 100,000 cases of unnecessary infertility each year in the United States alone. You can learn more about Tubal Factor Infertility and how to lessen your risk here.
Infertility Prevention and Age
You probably know that one of the leading causes of infertility is advancing age in both women and men, but did you know that there are tests you can take in your early thirties which will give you information about your fertility potential?
To learn more about the biological clock and its ever-present tick for women, click here. For interesting information about the male biological clock as well as on the health of children born to older dads, click here.
Infertility Prevention and Body Mass Index
Nothing obsesses us Americans more than our weight. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, health is another matter. Your body mass index (BMI) affects not only your fertility but also may impact upon the health of your unborn baby. The good news is, a simple 10% reduction in weight is often enough to give fertility a boost To learn more about weight and health while trying to conceive, click here.
Infertility Prevention and Unhealthy Habits
Smoking and substance abuse are health and fertility killers. If you drink alcohol to excess or take illegal substances of any kind, you are not doing yourself or your future children any favors. Look, good people can have bad habits. To learn more about addiction and how to end it, click here.
Infertility Prevention and Environmental Toxins
The body of evidence about chemicals and their negative effect on health and fertility is growing. While you may never live in a toxin-free world, there are steps you can take to avoid chemical exposure in your surroundings and in your food. To learn more about chemicals like BPA and Phthalates, click here.
Infertility Prevention and You
Much infertility, sadly, cannot be avoided, but who knows? With a little bit of savvy and the information you will learn on this website, you just might find the key to your own infertility prevention.