Saturday, 16 May 2020

Lifestyle modifications in treating infertility

Infertility is the inability to reproduce by natural means. This is not a natural state of affairs. 
In humans, if even after a year of intercourse without contraception, no pregnancy is seen, then, it is considered to be a problem of infertility.


Of all the causes of infertility in modern times, lifestyle is an important one, and making drastic changes to it can bring dramatic results.

Improving male fertility:
  1. Lose body weight. It has been found that obesity can cause hormonal changes that can affect fertility. Low sperm count and sluggish sperms have also been attributed to obesity.
  2. Say NO TO DRUGS. Especially the so-called ‘recreational ones’. They can reduce the number and quality of the sperm and some steroids can shrink the size of the human testicle. If you have to take prescription drugs or supplements, do check with your doctors on their effects.
  3. Practice safe sex. This is especially true for those with multiple partners. Sexually transmitted diseases can have serious implications on fertility like fragmentation of sperm DNA.
  4. Stop smoking and reduce alcohol consumption. One does not have to explain why.
  5. Try not to get overheated, especially around the scrotum. Loose clothing is advised.
Improving female fertility:
  1. Maintain a healthy body weight, neither over nor under. Healthy body mass helps in maintaining healthy ovulation.
  2. Reduce caffeine consumption. 
  3. Stop smoking.
  4. Practice safe sex. As in males, sexually transmitted diseases cause problems, like damage to the fallopian tube and uterus.

For improving both male and female:
  1. Exercise regularly but in moderation.
  2. Stress cannot be avoided, so, acknowledge and manage it.
  3. Mange or tweak your diet. Consume good, nutritious, freshly cooked food. Avoid packaged food as far as possible.

Blog Reviewed By: Dr. Soumyaroop Dash
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