Infertility is a condition that many assume can only affect the female gender but in reality it affects both genders.
Infertility is normally diagnosed after a couple has attempted unsuccessfully to conceive for over a year. This problem in women can be caused by a number of issues, including ovulation disorders, pelvic inflammatory disease, blocked Fallopian tubes, or uterine fibroids. Infertility in men can be caused by oligospermia (the development of a few sperm cells) or azoospermia (the production of a few sperm cells) (no sperm cells are produced).
In addition, some lifestyle choices can increase the risk of infertility. Tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, mental stress, and a poor diet have all been linked to decreased fertility.
Excessive stress can disrupt the hypothalamus gland's ability to control the hormones that signal the ovaries to release eggs. According to recent reports, women who are under a lot of stress are more likely to produce high levels of alpha-amylase and have a tougher time getting pregnant.
Toxins inhaled from cigarette smoke can damage reproductive organs, eggs, and sperm, affecting fertility. Heavy and sustained alcohol intake can cause hormonal imbalances in women's reproductive systems, as well as sperm damage in men.
Adopting a balanced diet that includes foods that are proven to enhance reproductive health and fertility will help you have a healthier ovulation. Dietitians also encourage couples who are attempting to conceive to eat nutritious foods and cold-water fish like salmon, increase their consumption of whole grains, and drink freshly squeezed fruit juices.
If you've been trying to conceive for at least a year and haven't had any luck, it's likely that your lifestyle is to blame. It is suggested that you speak with an Ob/Gyn to learn more about the causes of your infertility.
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