A basic fact, that makes you confuse, sometimes, about having a baby or getting pregnant. Every month, from any one of your ovaries, one matured egg will be released and travels through the fallopian tube. It stays in there for 24 hours and wait for a sperm. If the egg is fertilized it eventually travels to the uterus to implant itself in the uterus lining. If the egg is not fertilized it travels to the uterus and breaks down, then comes menstrual cycle. The chance of getting pregnant last up to 6 days. Generally, the life span of a sperm is 5 days in a female’s body, the includes the days leading to ovulation and the day of ovulation itself. But there arises a question, are the eggs produced regularly on healthy basis? Or do you experience ovulation regularly?
You know, fertility can be affected by lot of health issues and the lifestyle that we follow. If less concerned about your health, you may have the effects of infertility situations like PCOS or endometriosis. These syndromes affect the fertility that are mainly caused by stress or medication (irregular periods). Most of you know that fertility decreases in women when they gradually grow old, but even during her fertility rich years, she fails to get conceived due to the choices she made on life style and few external factors, that really affect her fertility. Francisco Arredondo, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist in San Antonio, Texas, says, “Women who want to increase their chances of getting pregnant often don’t know the best things to do or what to watch out for,”.
Maybe, you could be healthy, have a perfect sex life, and an enthusiastic supportive partner to share the joys of parenting. While a healthy lifestyle is an indicator of a good health and fertility in women. It is mandatory that you pay attention to small details that could seriously affect chances of being a mother ever. I you are in your 20’s, you may not be looking forward eagerly to get pregnant right away, but it’s also important to understand what can affect your chances of getting pregnant and if you had decided to start a family, then it’s time to prepare yourself and what you can do now to prepare. Here are some of the factors that may or may not affect a woman’s fertility, and what you can do about them if you are trying to conceive.
You are advised here to get rid of these bad habits right away to be successful on your wish and increase the chance of getting pregnant at the earliest.
1 Avoid Including Junk Foods In Your Meal
Yes, of course, you love pizzas, burger, and other junk foods that you began to carve every now and then to boost up your mood. Junk food which equals to cholesterol, only cholesterol, nothing else than cholesterol! Cholesterol disrupts the body’s production of pregnancy and sex hormones, progesterone and testosterone, all of which are essential for you to get pregnant. It is the right time to quit junk food and consume healthy food which are in rich in vitamins and minerals.
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2 Stressed! Often? Not A Good Sign…
When you are stressed, the stress hormone alpha-amylase is released which reduces your pregnancy chances by 29 per cent, and the risk of infertility is high in such case. Now this is going to be hard time if you have planned for getting conceived anytime soon. You may face problems at various place, stress being a common factor that bothers lot of working women that directly affect their health. Practice yoga regularly, do meditation on a regular basis and have a track of it, you will really feel the difference and notice some internal changes in you, including feeling relieved and calm. You are the woman who wish to escape for peace, go pack your bag, make a trip and stay away for few days. Dr. Arredondo says, “Perceived stress can certainly alter hormone levels and ovulation. Stress itself is not bad, but when it is in excess—and when we react to it in a negative way—it can have all kinds of impact on our health and our bodies.” So, don’t be stressed all the time!
3 Stop Using Your Phone At Bed Time!
Before you hit the bed, you randomly go through the text messages you received, or the notifications you have received on Facebook, and reply to them. You have only that time to engage with your friends, and no ignorance. But the light from the tablet or mobile phone radiates straight into your eyes that affects the sleep cycle, termed as “circadian rhythms”, and also the quality of the sleep. This one is more important but highly ignored factor that affects fertility of the eggs in women. The nighttime radiating light exposure not only affects the chances of conceiving but also affects directly the development of the fetus if you are already pregnant. The production of sleep hormone will be diminished by the light exposure and disrupts the development of the fetus.
4 Practice Safe Sex!
STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) can affect fertility, even when you aren’t noticing any symptoms. According to the CDC, when chlamydia (causes damage to the fallopian tubes without any symptoms) and gonorrhea are untreated, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a serious condition that “may cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding tissues,”. Every year more than 100,000 women are affected by infertility due to PID. It is a must that you do regular screenings on STIs because women with chlamydia and gonorrhea don’t experience symptoms. Without any symptoms, these diseases can permanently harm your reproductive system. Check for these STDs even if you practice safe sex to be on the safer side. A small note, that vaginal infections (yeast infections) do not have any effect on fertility.
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5 Limit Boozing And In-Take Of Caffeine
Doctors do caution against heavy drinking. Consuming alcohol is associated with the high risk of ovulation disorders. You stop drinking if you think you could be pregnant. Many doctors say a small amount of alcohol is OK, but the CDC and Surgeon General say it is best not to have since there is no proof that it is not harmful to the baby. If you are an addict to caffeine, studies say that you must have trouble in getting conceived. But the connection between high-level of caffeine and infertility is still un-resolved, but it is recommended that women who have planned for pregnancy have to limit the in-take of caffeine. Probably, you can take up to two cups of coffee every day but nothing more than that.
6 Extreme Workout
Working out regularly will help you in maintaining your body, either the appearance or a healthy body. It is also advised you can perform workout exercise when you are pregnant, but he thing you may overdo it. Dr. Schlaff says, “If you’re exercising too much it can have a negative impact on ovulation,”. Irrespective of your weight, vigorous workout will affect fertility in women. You will be able to notice changes in your menstrual cycle, and Dr. Schlaff says, “It doesn’t have to go away completely, either,” and continues, “If you notice that it becomes lighter or shorter, you should talk to your doctor about the implications for your fertility and your health.” Be advised before you proceed and notify your physician if anything troubles, immediately.
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7 Check The Quality Of Your Cervical Mucus
Cervical mucus is secreted from the cervix which is thick, white-colored discharge that protects the sperm to travel to the fallopian tube for the fertilization process. Any changes or abnormalities in the cervical mucus is the major factor that affects the fertility in many women. This is caused by regular smoking habit, the quality of the mucus is drastically reduced and the sperms find it difficult to travel through the fallopian tube, when the eggs get dis-integrated without getting fertilized later. Be health conscious and hygienic!
8 Quit Smoking!
These major factors influence the fertility in women. Check with your physician regularly, take advise from them and make sure you do the right thing at the right time. If you have planned to become a mother soon, avoid certain routine things that you do before and while the time of pregnancy. Be blessed and have a happy ending!