For all couples planning to begin a new chapter of their lives by starting a family, understanding fertility is crucial. Knowing what challenges your fertility as well as what aids it will undoubtedly help ease the pregnancy journey! After all, that is one less thing to worry about during this exciting time.
While Fertility is a sensitive topic for some couples wishing to conceive, it should not be ignored as not only does it clear up issues surrounding pregnancy, but helps you understand your body itself better. The challenges to fertility range between issues to do with the body and hormones, and the more external; lifestyle choices. As one of the leading causes of infertility, ovulation disorders reveal themselves through irregular or absent periods, and are as a result of disruption of the typical ovulation of the female egg. In some cases, there may in fact be no ovulation at all. Other common hormone issues are Endometriosis and Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes. With Endometriosis, a disorder in which tissue that is normally found to line the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, the main complication is that of impaired fertility. Many women are diagnosed with Endometriosis through the investigation into their own fertility.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is another hormone issue whereby fertility is often limited. Due to the imbalance of hormones, ovulation is restricted. PCOS shows itself through a number of different symptoms, such as unwanted hair on the body and face, acne, weight problems and mental health issues. Irregular periods also occur, and often are the most common symptom to initially show problems to do with PCOS fertility.
While PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility, lifestyle choices also influence and challenge fertility. It is important to remember that fertility problems arise in both women and men, and so getting both partners’ fertility checked- if there are issues surrounding conception- is a great idea. Connections have been made to the correlation between stress and infertility, with this angst and stress often linking to the lifestyle of the partners. Taking time to introduce self-care or relaxation techniques into your daily routine in the very least benefits your general mental health and well-being.
Adjusting your lifestyle choices helps promote female fertility. Sustaining a healthy weight opposes the inhibition of normal ovulation that being underweight or overweight causes. In the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, for both overall health and improving the chances of fertility, stopping substance abuse is significant. The bottom line is, if issues arise during conception and they concern you, contacting your health advisor for detailed advice and suggestions for alternative routes of pregnancy such as IVF are available.