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How much do you know about your fertility?

If you are planning to start a family and you would like to understand more about fertility and how to look after your body in preparation for pregnancy, then this blog is for you!

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I have collaborated with a fertility clinic in London to share the following fertility facts…

One in six couples experience issues with infertility

Couples often seek the help of fertility treatments like IVF because they are unable to conceive a baby naturally. In fact, as many as one in six couples experience issues with infertility. Many of us know that as a woman ages her fertility declines, but fertility is not just an issue that women have to deal with, it also affects many men. Sperm quality also declines with age in the same way that it does for a woman’s eggs.

Dieting can prevent a woman’s menstrual cycle

Making positive changes to your lifestyle can increase your chances of a successful conception. But excessive exercise or dieting can prevent a woman’s menstrual cycle and therefore hinder her chance of becoming pregnant. Smoking, drinking alcohol and an unhealthy diet can also harm the reproductive system for both men and women. Quitting smoking is one of the best choices you can make for your fertility as well as your overall health. And a nutritious and varied diet filled with vitamins and minerals is what you should be aiming for. You should also include moderate exercise into your daily routine.

STIs can cause infertility

There are many other factors that can lead to infertility and cause you to seek expert advice. A medical professional will discuss your history and carry out a series of tests to try and identify the cause of the problem. It may be that you have an underlying health issue or scarring from a previous STI. Unfortunately a cause cannot always be found, but in cases where it can, fertility treatments will be suggested based on how suitable they are to your condition.

Talk to the experts

If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for a long time now with regular unprotected sex and no success, don’t be afraid to book an appointment with your GP. Talking about the issue is the first step towards finding a possible solution.

PIN image of a fertility chart, pregnancy test and pair of blue baby shoes

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