Becoming pregnant might seem easy for a lot of women, but for others it is almost like a rocket science. Everything from diet to niggling little health problems could hinder chances of conception. But worry not; I have listed 13 things that hinder conception. Make sure you do not miss reading things that happens during sex and the 4 phases of sexual satisfaction.
However, there are a few things you can do to boost your odds of getting pregnant each month. For instance, you can track your cycle, take prenatal vitamins, eat healthy and even, just for good measure, take a cue or two from a few old wives’ tales. But sometimes what you don’t do is just as important. Here’s what to avoid when you’re trying to get pregnant.
Below are 13 things that hinder conception:
1. Age-Related Infertility
For women after age 35, and for men after age 40, it can take longer to get pregnant. Some women assume if they still get regular periods their fertility is fine, but this isn’t true.
Almost one-in-six couples experience problems with fertility – and age is one of the biggest factors. Here’s how it works: Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have, explains Dr Spyridon Chouliaras, consultant in reproductive medicine at the Create Fertility Clinic in London. On the other hand, he says, men constantly produce sperm.
“We sometimes say that women are ‘warehouses’ of eggs whereas men are ‘factories’ of sperm,” he explains, adding that as women age both the number and quality of their eggs decrease.
2 The Thyroid Gland
Overall, autoimmune issues such as thyroid problems, Addison’s Disease or pernicious anaemia, which target the endocrine system, affect the quality of the egg, the sperm and the hormonal environment in which the fertilisation process is taking place, resulting in problems with fertilisation, implantation and maintenance of pregnancy, says Dr David Walsh, medical director of the Sims Clinic.
It is standard practice to investigate thyroid function in women experiencing difficulty in conceiving, because it is recognised that thyroid malfunction can affect female fertility.
“The thyroid produces a hormone called thyroxin, so the fertility of women who are deficient in thyroxin can be affected adversely,” explains Dr Spyridon Chouliaras of the Create Fertility Clinic in London.
3. Things that hinder conception: PCOS
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a common endocrine system disorder amongst women of child-bearing age. Women diagnosed with the condition may have enlarged ovaries which contain follicles, or small collections of fluid, located in each ovary. The exact cause of the condition is not known.
“There can be a metabolic effect that can cause a woman to be overweight or underweight, which can affect her ovarian function and thus her menstrual cycle,” he says, adding that when fertility experts discover that a woman has PCOS, the priority is to regulate the cycle in order to ensure good quality eggs.
“PCOS is a potential factor in infertility but it is not always the cause,” he says, adding however, that the condition can lead to diminished ovarian reserve, which in turn means egg numbers can be low and this will further affect fertility. However, PCOS doesn’t have to be the end of the world, reassures Dr John Waterstone, medical director of the Cork Fertility Centre.
Fibroids are growths in the muscle wall of the uterus which can affect the implantation of the embryo. They are more prevalent in certain ethnic populations, such as in women of African origin, explains Dr Spyridon Chouliaras.
However, he says that a woman may often experience no symptoms, although their presence may also be signalled by heavy periods. Large size fibroids have the potential of causing bladder problems as well.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is not a large cause of fertility problems in Ireland, says Dr John Waterstone, who explains that sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are a cause of PID, as they can give rise to inflammation and infection in the fallopian tubes.
In turn the tubes may become blocked or damaged and lead to problems with fertility. However, he warns, the incidence of PID in Ireland is increasing in line with “more relaxed sexual behaviour amongst young people.”
6. Things that hinder conception: Cancer
Sometimes men who have had testicular cancer and received treatment in the form of chemotherapy or radiotherapy find that their fertility has been affected, explains Dr Waterstone. Some men will have frozen their sperm before receiving treatment as these therapies can destroy a man’s ability to produce sperm.
“Chemotherapy can result in premature menopause at a much younger age, so while the woman survives the cancer, she cannot ovulate,” explains Dr Waterstone.
Endometriosis, explains Dr David Walsh, medical director of the Sims clinic in Dublin, is a disease of non-pregnant females. The condition can result, he explains, in a “backlog of fluid into the pelvis,” which in turn can result in scarring and distortion, ultimately affecting the quality of the eggs.
“It is retrograde menstruation and in an extreme form can actually impact on the ovary, affecting both the quality and the number of the eggs.
8. Type of Occupation
What he does for a living can potentially impact on a man’s fertility, say the experts. It’s all to do with the temperature of the sperm and testicles, so if you spend much of your day in a sedentary position in a warm environment, it may have an impact on your fertility. Still talking about man’s fertility, read amazing health benefits of testicle massage: Man’s Secret Weapon For Health And Libido.
“Taxi drivers or lorry drivers, for example are seated in a warm vehicle all day. This increases the scrotal temperature and can in turn affect the quality of the sperm,” says Chouliaras.
He explains that men seeking to start a family are also advised to avoid hot baths, saunas or steam baths for the same reason and should not sit with their laptops on their laps because of the heat generated by these devices.
“We advise men to wear loose underwear to facilitate cooler temperatures around the scrotal area.”
9. Eating too much Trans fats
Eating Tran’s fats foods like pizza, snacks, and fried foods can disturb your ovulation. They also tend to influence your fertility.
Try to limit the consumption of these foods and eat foods that are rich in proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins.
10. Doing too much exercise
Doing normal and adequate exercise is good for your health, but it can affect your reproductive cycle if you’re doing it excessively. According to research, daily intense exercise can deprive you of having pregnant.
11. Low “body mass index”
Having a lower BMI can increase the risk of developing infertility, ovarian dysfunction, and premature birth. Lower BMI can also connect with eating disorders, resulting in fertility and menstruation problems.
12. Using the wrong lubricant
Using inappropriate body lubricants can hinder your chances of getting pregnant. Baby oil is highly recommended for men.
Stress can affect a man’s fertility and reproductive system significantly. Try to reduce your work, family, and friend’s stress.
14. Evil forces
You may not believe it, yet evil forces such as marine spirits, witchcraft spirits and such like can stop a woman from getting pregnant. A woman can come under the influence/manipulation of these strange wicked powers.
Curled from: Efogator.com