4 Factors that Influence Women’s Fertility  

The decision to have a child is a life-changing one, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, if you’ve done your homework, completed your preparations, and have your heart set on starting a family then it’s time to get down to the practical side of things –– i.e. conception. Unfortunately, some women may have trouble conceiving and not know why they’re struggling. To that point, we’re here to provide you with some answers about fertility and conception.

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Check out these four factors that could be affecting your efforts to get pregnant:  

Lifestyle Choices 

Sometimes the solution to your fertility issues is as simple as a few lifestyle alterations. Women looking to get pregnant shouldn’t smoke or drink for several reasons. First, using tobacco products or drinking alcohol regularly can inhibit conception; moreover, drinking or smoking during pregnancy –– even in the early stages when you’re unaware of conception –– can cause a bevy of complications regarding childbirth and development. What’s more, women who are having trouble getting pregnant may want to consider going on a diet to alter their hormonal levels. Losing weight (or gaining weight in other instances) can help prepare the body for conception.  

Medical History  

There are a number of medical factors that can affect a woman’s ability to conceive. For instance, certain STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which in turn can lead to infertility. As such, it’s critical for all women looking to get pregnant to visit STD testing centers before and during their pregnancy to help prevent complications. Consult with your doctor if you’ve contracted a disease that may affect your ability to conceive.  

Age 

Timing is everything, and your biological clock is always ticking. Even if you’ve been able to conceive in the past, it’s not uncommon for women to experience secondary infertility issues. In addition, your genetics can play a role in your reproductive capabilities. If your mother or other female relatives experienced early menopause, then you very well could also. You may want to consider freezing your eggs to ensure you’ve got options down the line in case of such a scenario.  

Your Partner 

As the saying goes, it takes two to tango. Your partner’s lifestyle choices, age, genetics, and physical condition play a major role (50%) in the conception process. Men can takes certain steps to improve their virility and raise their sperm count through natural means. However, there are also other circumstances outside of their control.  

Final Thoughts 

The miracle of life is just that –– a miracle. So many little things have to go exactly right for a pregnancy to take place that it can be difficult to fathom. Don’t get discouraged if you’ve struggled to conceive after a few weeks or even months trying. It’s impossible to predict when a pregnancy will occur, after all. Plus, you should always remember you’ve got plenty of options to pursue should you find yourself unable to get pregnant by traditional means.  

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