WELLNESS AND FERTILITY

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With the incidence of infertility increasing with every passing year, there is a widespread concern about reproductive health. Studies regarding the increasing hold of lifestyle on infertility has added fuel to this fear. The rise in marriageable age among girls and rising career interests of both genders are a major contributing factor to infertility. In this time of growing environmental and social change great care is needed for easy conception and a healthy pregnancy.

The association of wellness with a healthy fertility is pretty deep. A calm mind, fit body and pleasant atmosphere are a basic platform for welcoming a healthy baby. The major factors of lifestyle linked to fertility are: -

Stress

In today’s competitive world, stress tags along with you from the work place. A stressful mind wreaks havoc with the hormonal system creating imbalances that can affect ovulation in woman and the production of sperm in men. When repeated attempts at conception fails, it can lead to depression. A healthy lifestyle, a happy mind along with meditation and yoga can help in keeping the mind calm and alleviating stress.

Smoking

In this modern world, smoking is prevalent among both men and women. This should be avoided while trying to conceive. This is because, smoking is known to inhibit the production of reproductive hormones. It can lead to miscarriage and affects ovarian reserve as well. Smoking reduces the chance of fertility by half. Inhaling the smoke from cigarettes also creates the same effects in the body as smoking itself. So avoid passive smoking as well.

Caffeine intake

Beverages containing caffeine should better be avoided while trying to conceive. It is advisable to not take food containing caffeine throughout the pregnancy period. Chocolate should be avoided as well.

Alcohol

Alcohol is known to decrease the probability for conception. Intake of alcohol during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or birth of premature baby. Continuing alcoholism throughout the conception and pregnancy will be a cause for the birth of a child with various physical and genetic defects.

Effect of weight on fertility

Weight has an important influence in fertility. Being overweight and underweight affects fertility badly. A BMI over 30 or below 18, is considered risky for conception. Obesity in both men and women increases the risk of infertility over 50%. A high BMI, above 30 leads to miscarriage and premature birth. Children born to obese parents are increasingly known to be born with permanent disabilities and problems.

Nutritional intake

A well maintained diet is a prerequisite for an ideal pregnancy. After conception, nutritional supplements should also be taken to ensure all nutritional needs are met. A daily supplement of folic acid and iron tablets are necessary for a healthy body.

All of these factors can bring about a wellness in enhancing fertility.