The Effects of Lifestyle on Fertility
Your lifestyle is actually has a very important role on your fertility. One of the main aspects of your lifestyle that can have a large effect on your ability to conceive is the amount of stress you are under. We have provided some information in this section that not only describes the negative effects of stress but also explains some ways to help reduce your stress level.
Some additional lifestyle factors that can have an effect on your fertility include:
- Smoking: Smoking has been known to have a number of negative effects on fertility including an increased risk of tubal pregnancies and of pelvic infections. Aside from the more serious and obvious effects, smoking has a general negative effect on blood circulation. Anything that reduces blood flow to reproductive organs will inhibit your fertility.
- Alcohol Consumption: Even though alcohol consumption in moderation has at times been recommended due to reductions in stress levels, alcohol consumption has also been linked to decreases in fertility in both men and women.
- Obesity: Obesity has long been known to effect a woman's menstrual cycle. Any changes in your natural menstrual cycle can affect your ability to conceive. You should note that your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a better indicator than your actual weight as determined by weighing yourself on a scale.
- Low Body Fat: The opposite of obesity, extremely low body fat, can also have affects on your menstrual cycle and even ammenohrea; the complete loss of your menstrual cycle. Like with obesity, anything that disrupts or alters your natural menstural cycle can negatively affect your fertility.