Lifestyle Factors

There are some lifestyle factors that affect fertility of both men and women. The most influencing factors that affect the fertility of female and male fertility include:

  • Smoking
  • Weight issues
  • Chemicals and toxins
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

Read below to know how these lifestyle factors can affect your fertility.

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Smoking And Fertility

Smoking has an effect on the fertility of both men and women. Women who smoke take longer to get pregnant. Smoking includes both active and passive smoking. Active smoking is when you smoke and passive smoking is when you inhale when someone else is smoking. Passive smoking is comparatively less harmful than active smoking but both types of smoking can affect the fertility.

Pregnant women who smoke also give bad affects to the baby because smoking affects egg, hormone production, sperm maturation, embryo transport as well as the uterus environment. Smoking is harmful to DNA in eggs and sperm both.

Cigarette smoking affects the development of ovaries of the fetus. There are increases the odds of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

Weight And Fertility

Maintaining a balanced weight is very important in order to get pregnant. Weight puts the direct impact on the ability of a woman to get pregnant. Even the weight of a father has an impact on the chances of conceiving a baby.

Obesity affects fertility because it causes hormonal imbalances. It also causes the ovulation problems particularly for in those women who are going to have their first baby. Obesity is linked with poly-cystic ovary syndrome that commonly causes infertility.

The underweight women also have the reduced chances of getting pregnant because it causes hormonal imbalances. The ovulation is affected by this hormonal imbalance which interferes with the woman’s ability to get pregnant. Underweight women take longer to get pregnant as compared to the healthy women.

Chemicals And Fertility

The delay in getting pregnant may be due to the exposure to chemicals present in the water, soil, and food supply.  Men and women having high levels of these chemicals in their blood take longer to become parents than couples with lower levels. These chemicals are called endocrine disruptors that are present in pesticides, cleaning products and plastic containers. The chemicals disturb the normal functioning of the hormones. It also leads to fertility problems. So in order to prevent these problems, try to consume the items free of chemicals.

Stds And Fertility

Many sexually transmitted diseases affect the fertility in both men and women. These diseases spread through sexual contact with the partner suffering from STD. The sexually transmitted diseases that cause infertility include syphilis chlamydia,and human papillomavirus (HPV) and gonorrhea.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea cause infertility and even cause the infection of fallopian tube. The symptoms are usually not seen. The tube and the uterus get damaged permanently and result in infertility.  Chlamydia and gonorrhea are more common in the women who are younger than 25 years and are sexually active.

To learn more about the infertility caused by the lifestyle factors, make an appointment with your fertility specialist.

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