Before couples head for infertility treatment, it would be a good idea to understand the reasons for infertility in their specific case and see if behavioral and lifestyle changes could alter the condition.
Here are some suggestions for lifestyle, occupational and habit alterations that could aid in conception. These are a few changes you can attempt before deciding on the option of treatment. Merely following these changes do not guarantee conception in cases where the reason for infertility might not be related to lifestyle and occupational issues. Consultation with a doctor is important in all cases.
Non-Delay in Conceiving
The first thing to pay attention to would be one’s biological clock. In today’s busy world, men and women are too busy making a life for themselves that they ignore the age factor and by the time they realize that, it is too late. Age has a bearing on infertility. Every woman’s body produces only a finite number of eggs. Further, the quality of the egg declines with age. The optimal age for a woman to conceive is from the twenties to the early thirties. Therefore it is wise to factor in one’s age while trying to conceive.
Maintenance of Normal Weight
Being overweight can cause the over production of estrogen which could act as a birth-control factor. On the other hand, over exercising to loose weight could cause her to produce too little estrogen, thus interrupting her menstrual cycles. In men too, being overweight imbalances hormone production thus affecting sperm count and motility. Therefore, striking a balance and maintaining a normal weight can help conception.
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis severely affect the chances of conception. All STIs severely impair the reproductive system and so practice of safe sex and staying in a monogamous relationship is vital.
Avoid Drugs, Tobacco, and Alcohol
Smoking seriously affects fertility. It harms ovaries and restrains the production of estrogen. The eggs also develop abnormalities. Drugs and alcohol inhibit both egg and sperm production. Hard drugs destroy sperms and lessen sperm count. Therefore couples wishing to conceive would do well to stay away from smoking, drugs and alcohol.
Protecting Sperm Count
To improve chances of fertility, men need to protect their sperm count. Wearing tight trousers or underwear is detrimental to sperm production. The testicles need to be at a temperature that is cooler than the rest of the body for the healthy production of sperms. Taking too hot showers, hot tubs and saunas can also have the same effect. X-Rays also harm sperm production. Therefore, it is important that men protect their genitals with a lead shield while being X-Rayed. It is also advisable to avoid working in environments with radiation, lead and other chemicals that can harm reproductive health in order to promote conception.
Yoga to Prevent Infertility:
The ancient Indian practice of Yoga is effective in infertility prevention. Two Asanas have proved to be especially helpful for this. They are Ardha Matsyendrasana and Paschimottanasana. Both strengthen the spine and back, ease menstrual discomfort, rejuvenate the body and aid conception.
By making these conscious changes in lifestyle and habits, one might be able to prevent infertility. If these changes do not help, then you need to consider infertility treatment options and we at the Itoozhi Center for Reproductive Medicine would be happy to offer you with the best treatment options that will help you conceive. Itoozhi Ayurveda is one of the leading Ayurvedic Hospitals in India. Our expert panel of doctors are always willing to reach out and be ready for service to those in need.