10 Lifestyle Habits Impacting Your Fertility & How to Fix It

📷 Certain lifestyle habits can negatively impact your fertility. If you have been facing difficulty trying to conceive for more than a year, it might be helpful to evaluate your lifestyle choices and improve them to boost your fertility. In collaboration with The Channel 46, Dr Apurva Satish Amarnath, Fertility Consultant, Nova IVF Fertility, offers advice on lifestyle habits that you should fix to improve your chances of conception.

1. Weight Gain

In women, weight gain causes hormone imbalance, further inhibiting normal ovulation and leading to irregular menstruation.

2. Smoking

Cigarettes contain nicotine that ages a woman’s ovaries and damages the quantity and quality of eggs. In men, nicotine affects the movement, production, and structure of sperm in men. Some ways to help quit smoking are nicotine replacement therapy, prescription medication, and individual and group behavioural support.

3. Drinking Alcohol

Consuming alcohol can reduce a woman’s ovarian reserves…

Consuming alcohol can reduce a woman’s ovarian reserves and a man’s semen volume and sperm count. It also causes risks for the foetus during pregnancy. Therefore, women and men wanting to conceive should avoid alcohol to prevent its effects.

4. Sleep

Lack of sleep affects reproductive health. It leads to excess weight in both genders, which can cause ovulation problems and decrease testosterone levels. Nowadays, insomnia has become a common lifestyle problem. Hence, it is essential to create a night routine to help you stick to a sleep schedule. Staying away from electronic gadgets, especially phones, can help you sleep on time.

5. Stress

Stress has become a part of everyone’s life, and while it may be difficult to avoid stress, one can take steps to manage it. Women trying to get pregnant should particularly take care of their mental well-being as it can eventually cause fertility problems. Trying activities such as yoga, meditation, listening to music, or massage are great ways to relieve day-to-day stress and anxiety.