Fertility is a complicated thing.
When it comes to conceiving a child, some people don’t have any problems at all, while others are not so lucky.
There are some factors that influence a woman’s fertility that ladies can’t control, but also several that they can influence and change.
Here are some of them compiled by StyleCraze.
1. Constant stress
If you are under constant stress, this might affect your chances of getting pregnant. Women are less likely to conceive if there is a higher level of a stress-related enzyme known as alpha-amylase in their blood. Yoga and meditation can be very helpful when it comes to stress and also you can seek a counselor to help you cope better.
2. Junk food
Eating junk food is bad in general, but it can also affect one’s chances of getting pregnant. This kind of food has high levels of cholesterol that will affect the body’s synthesis of the sex hormones: testosterone and progesterone, which are very important when it comes to getting pregnant.
Both being overweight or underweight can affect the chances of getting pregnant. If you have a few extra pounds, the percentage of body fat will increase and your body will be flooded with estrogen. On the other hand, if you are underweight you will be missing a hormone known as leptin which is in control of your metabolism. Lack of leptin might also mean no menstrual periods.
Usually, menopause comes when a woman is in her 40es or 50es, but sometimes it can happen even at 35 which means conceiving will become harder, as the egg quantity and quality drops.
A glass of wine every now and then is not a problem, but drinking more than one drink a day will make getting pregnant more difficult.
It is common knowledge how bad smoking is, so this one is pretty obvious. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, smoking accounts for 13% of all infertility cases!
7. Sexual health
Having unprotected sex can expose one to STIs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea but it will also affect the chances of getting pregnant.
According to some research, caffeine might cause problems with the muscle contractions that help the egg get to the fallopian tubes.
9. Cervical mucus quality
Cervical mucus gets a lot of attention because it’s what protects the sperm as it travels to the fallopian tubes for fertilization. This means that any problems with the cervical mucus might influence the chances of conceiving.
10. Checking your phone before falling asleep
You might find this difficult to believe, but the light from your phone affects your sleep quality which in turn affects your overall chances of conceiving.
* This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.