Women from the previous generations (especially from your grandmother’s generation), didn’t have to worry about their fertility. This is simply because most of the women of that generation married young and then they simply allowed nature to take its course. Today, things are significantly different and it seems like nature has also been foxed by the lifestyle that people lead. When a couple tries to have a baby for a year, but is unsuccessful in doing so, it’s pretty natural for them to question their infertility.

Learn more- How Stress Leads to the Male Infertility Mess

How Female Fertility is Impacted by Lifestyle Choices

When it comes to female infertility, age has a pivotal role to play. Many women today choose to delay pregnancy and they have different reasons for it.  While some are waiting for Mr Right, others are very career driven and feel that having a child at that point of time will only become a hurdle in the path of success in their chosen career field.

Keeping the age factor in view, the more you delay your pregnancy, the less fertile you become. When you are younger, the quality of your eggs is also better and they get easily fertilized. On the other hand, an older woman (one above 35 years of age) has a far lower egg supply and the eggs that she has may also be of poor quality which makes it more difficult to fertilize them.  Even once fertilization has occurred, there are chances that her eggs may not fertilize in the manner they should.

What is the best way to promote fertility?

  • To begin with, it’s important that you maintain a healthy weight. Women who’re significantly underweight or overweight may not have normal ovulation; this is because both these conditions can have a negative impact on hormone production
  • Sexually transmitted diseases are another major cause of infertility; gonorrhea and chlamydia, both cause infertility. It’s crucial that you practice safe sex; this will keep you protected from these diseases and infections. Limit the number of sexual partners you have and always insist on the use of a condom
  • It’s also very important to maintain a healthy diet; it is a crucial part of protecting your fertility. Make it a point to include  plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and  eat balanced, regular meals; this helps promote  fertility

Learn more- Male & Female Fertility & Infertility Tests

Summary:  There are a number of lifestyle factors that can impact your fertility and most of these factors work in very subtle ways that we still can’t understand. Women have to make extra efforts to protect their fertility.

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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