Infertility is one of the major problems, faced not only by the families but by the whole society. Know the factors that may hinder pregnancy to avoid them as early as now!
An alarming study from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation published by The Lancet in 2020 revealed that there is a major drop in human fertility that may lead to a drastic decrease in the population at the end of the century.
The advancement in technology has brought the world in leaps and bounds, making lives easier. However, it is affecting most people’s lifestyle resulting in infertility. Women nowadays must know the factors that hinder their pregnancy and evaluate their everyday lifestyle.
Our health must never be compromised for the sake of convenience. By knowing these factors, you will have to decide on giving up unnecessary activities and habits that ruin your physical and mental state and affect your fertility.
Being overweight or underweight
Using a measuring tape can help you know your body fat.
Most people nowadays prefer to buy food from fast-food chains rather than prepare a healthy meal for the family. Eating these kinds of snacks may tremendously affect your weight since they are packed with condiments but lack the right nutrients for your body.
Body fat that is above the normal level can boost your estrogen that results in irregularity in your menstruation. In contrast, body fat that is below the normal level can shut down the whole reproductive process leading to infertility.
If you want to know your body fat, you can use a tape measure by recording the circumference of your neck, waist, and hips. Just add the measurement of your waist and hips then subtract the measurement of the circumference of your neck. Take note that your body fat must not be above or below 10 to 15 percent of the normal level.
Always monitor your weight if you have trouble with your body fat. You can start having a meal plan for the week, ensuring that there are enough protein, carbohydrates, and nutrients. If you don’t know how to cook, you can start exploring now until you get the right taste and the perfect recipe.
Some synthetic drugs can result to temporary infertility.
Synthetic drugs such as antidepressants, painkillers, and others may cause infertility temporarily. To protect your health, it is advisable to seek medications naturally, if possible. There are various ways you can fight depression naturally such as having the right diet and engaging in regular exercises.
Natural herbs and supplements can also cure some diseases without going through costly and painful medication. Look for professional holistic doctors who can help you battle the disease without compromising your plan to get pregnant.
If your condition requires a synthetic drug, you can ask your physician to prescribe a milder drug that won’t affect your conception. Be very honest with your situation and with your desire to be pregnant.
Alcohol and Tobacco Intake
Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol decrease the ability to conceive.
If you are serious about having a baby then you have to stop drinking alcohol. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) published how alcohol can disrupt a woman’s menstrual cycle, hormonal levels, and reproductive functions.
Some natural herbs can be alternatives to alcohol like kava, l-theanine, and valerian. They are tea leaves and medicinal herbs that offer soothing effects and serve as painkillers. If you are a heavy drinker, you can engage in activities that would set you free from alcoholism. Some of these are meditation, exercises, and new hobbies.
Like alcohol, tobacco also affects the fertility of women. If you are in a fertility program, smoking decreases your chance to get pregnant so it is time to quit. A study revealed that smoking more than six cigarettes a day will probably harm your ability to conceive. Aside from that, it also leads to serious reproductive health problems like cervical cancer.
Ginseng is one of the herbs that can help you quit smoking because of its ability to block dopamine, a feeling that causes addiction brought by nicotine. Other herbs like ginger, lobelia, and cayenne pepper are also known as natural treatments.
Moreover, you can start having lifestyle changes. Your willpower is very important to overcome addiction. Instead of doing the things that trigger you to smoke, you can engage in new activities and hobbies.
Stress affects women from conceiving.
One of the most ignored factors that can lead to infertility is mental stress. According to Mayo Clinic, researches showed that women who suffered from depression are more likely to have difficulty conceiving than those who don’t. Stress can also be caused by jobs, families, financial, sexual, and emotional troubles.
The best way to cope with stress is, to be honest with yourself. You need help and you need others to help you to overcome what you are going through. You may communicate to your loved ones or seek professional help so that you can release your emotions.
If you are afraid to communicate with someone, you can also practice relaxation techniques. Deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and meditation can calm your mind and body. It will take you from restless mode to rest mode. There are online courses you can take to learn more about the techniques.
Underlying Medical Conditions
Heavy bleeding may be a symptom of a serious reproductive health problem
Reproductive health problems like fallopian tube disease, endometriosis, and reproductive tract infections are some diseases that can cause infertility. If you are having problems conceiving for a very long time, you must go to a physician to know your medical condition.
One of the symptoms that you have a problem with your reproductive function is irregularity in menstruation. Irregular menstruation indicates that there is an ovulation problem. Start talking to a doctor if the cycle of your menstruation is too long, too short, unpredictable or none at all.
Bleeding can be normal for three to seven days but you must tell your doctor immediately if you are experiencing light and intense bleeding. Fertility problems can also be accompanied by severe menstrual cramps and unusual spotting cycles.
Never hesitate to seek help from your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms since they may grow worse if continuously ignored. There are also natural treatments that you can consider to help you with these underlying medical conditions.
Several factors must be prevented to attain pregnancy. Conceiving may be easier for others because they don’t experience the factors that are mentioned. However, if you are one of those having difficulties, quit the habits and activities that hinder you from being pregnant. Changing your lifestyle now will soon lead to a successful conception and child-bearing.
Dr. Yaron Seidman DAOM