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Your grandmother did not have to worry about her fertility, because she must have married young, and then allowed nature to take its own course. However, things have changed dramatically  today , and the changing lifestyle is one culprit.  When a couple has been trying to get pregnant, without any success for a period of one year or more, it is natural to question one's fertility. 

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Lifestyle Choices that Affect Female Fertility

Age plays a very important role in female fertility. Due to many reasons today, women have begun to delay pregnancy. The more you delay your pregnancy, the less fertile you become. A younger woman's eggs are healthy and can be fertilized easily. An older woman, on the other hand, has a lower supply of eggs, which are harder to fertilize. Even after fertilization takes place, an older woman's eggs may not develop normally.

How to Promote Fertility?

  • To start with, you should maintain a healthy weight. Women, who are significantly overweight or underweight, may not have normal ovulation as both these conditions can affect hormone production
  • Another leading cause of infertility  is sexually transmitted diseases. Infections such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, both cause infertility. Practicing safe sex is vital to protect yourself from these infections and diseases. Limit the number of sexual partners you have and always insist on the use of a condom
  • Eating a healthy diet is also an important part of protecting your fertility . Include a healthy, balanced diet into your daily routine to promote fertility

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Summary:  Many different lifestyle factors can affect your fertility - often in subtle ways we still do not understand. Women need to take better care of themselves to protect their  fertility.

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

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