Couples or individuals ready to start a family should make their health a priority.
Keep your body pure to boost fertility
Eat healthy. Properly washed, antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies promote health and can improve sperm health. Women should get plenty of protein, iron, zinc, vitamin C and vitamin D. Deficiencies may lead to longer menstrual cycles and a higher risk of early miscarriage.
Watch your weight. In one study, women overweight or obese (body mass index of 25 to 39) took twice as long to get pregnant than normal-weight women. Those abnormally thin (BMI less than 19) took 4 times as long. Research also connects a high BMI in men to lower sperm counts and slower sperm movement.
Review medications and cancer treatments. Talk to your physician about the fertility risks of calcium channel blockers, anti-depressants, anti-androgens, anabolic steroids and cancer treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Curb unhealthy habits, advises our Southern California fertility center team
Don’t smoke. Smoking affects receptivity of the uterus and reduces sperm production.
Drink in moderation. While an occasional glass of wine with a meal is okay, studies show alcohol can change estrogen levels and affect egg implantation. In men, heavy drinking lowers testosterone and sperm production and may lead to impotence.
No caffeine. Avoid all caffeine products.
Safeguard health at work to boost fertility
Stay away from dangerous substances such as pesticides, lead and other toxins. Use protective gear if you work with toxins or anticipate exposure.
Favor a consistent schedule. A large study of working women found that those who work rotating shifts had an 80% higher rate of fertility problems than those with steady shifts.
Manage stress. Significant levels of stress, which often originate at work, can decrease a couple’s sexual function and may impair sperm production.
Contact us at our Southern California fertility center if these steps don’t result in successful conception. The rule of thumb is to see a fertility specialist after 12 months of trying to conceive, or 6 months if you are over 35.