In a country obsessed with making babies, infertility can seem like the end of the world. But, infertility isn’t just down to one factor, or one particular indiscretion. Many factors can affect a woman’s fertility. Here, we look at the most common ones.
1. Weight Problems:
Obesity causes hormonal imbalance, which makes conception difficult for the woman, and many experts conclude that the prevalence of obesity can lead to problems during pregnancy as well. Also, unedrweight can result in hormonal problems leading to impaired ovulation. So, a woman with weight issues (underweight or overweight) may find it difficult to conceive
2. Excessive Exercise:
The age of narcissism is finally upon us. In our quest to get that ultimate shape, we end up exercising more than what’s necessary, which may affect fertility. That is why professional athletes find it difficult to conceive. A Norwegian study in 2010 concluded that the body cannot produce enough energy for a rigorous workout and the energy needed to become pregnant at the same time. Ideally, avoid exercise when you are trying to conceive. But, if you cannot do without it, switch to a low-impact workout or yoga.
3. Moderate Coffee:
You may love your daily morning cup of brown elixir, the one which you simply cannot do without. But, you must. Swap the cup of coffee for a glass of freshly squeezed juice, if you’re actively trying to conceive.
Caffeine has the potential to affect the developing egg (oocyte) negatively, making it difficult for an immature oocyte to fertilize, hampering your chances of conception. Some studies have also talked about the increased risk of miscarriage due to coffee consumption.
The best age to conceive a child is in between 20-30 years. Once a woman reaches 35, her fertility begins to decline. Also, the risks to the baby and the mother also increase once a woman crosses the 35-year mark. So, age does play a major factor when you are trying to conceive, and can affect your fertility.
5. Tobacco, Alcohol:
Smoking and drinking not only damage crucial organs in your body, but they also affect your chances of becoming a mom. There are more than a few studies on the effects of tobacco and alcohol and how they hinder conception. Alcohol can lead to irregular periods and disorders like amenorrhea and dysmenorrhoea.
Tobacco smoke is laced with more than 1500 chemicals, which can harm you in all kinds of ways. Smoking reduces the eggs fertilization capability, which can hamper conception. One more reason, to kick the habit.
So, there you have it. Five things that can affect a woman’s fertility. We hope you found this post useful.