You and your wife have been trying to get pregnant for some time, but no luck. You wonder if it’s her or you who has the fertility problem. To know if you truly have a problem with fertility, you have to have tried to conceive for a full year without any pregnancy. If you’ve been doing it consistently for 12 months and she still isn’t pregnant then you may indeed have fertility issues.
Just in the United States alone over 5 million couples struggle with infertility, but most don’t seek help. In fact, many couples probably don’t need to resort to fertility specialists if you take a look at your lifestyle and make some changes. These are some common lifestyle causes of infertility.
Eating a poor diet
Men (and women) who consume too much fat in the form of saturated and trans fats may have decreased liver function. Also, weight gain from a poor diet can decrease fertility as well. When the liver has trouble filtering out toxins, such as unhealthy fats, they back up in the liver and it doesn’t function as well as it should. Once your liver becomes sluggish your hormones could become imbalanced, resulting in ED and low fertility. This is easy enough to fix, just add good fats to your diet in the form of nuts, seeds, avocados, and olive oil, and decrease the bad fats.
Too much caffeine
If you drink more than three cups of coffee and/or energy drinks a day this could be one of the reasons you and your wife can’t get pregnant. Caffeine increases the risk of miscarriage in women, and infertility in both men and women since it interferes with the natural balance of hormones in your body, decreasing fertility. Be sure to drink no more than one to three cups of coffee per day. If you feel sluggish, do a 5 minute burst of cardio exercise and you’ll not only feel more energized, but you’ll increase fertility as well.
Too much alcohol
Drinking alcohol in moderation (up to two drinks per day for men) can actually increase fertility and may help your health in other areas such as lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. However, more than one or two drinks a day and you’re setting yourself up for fertility problems. In men, drinking too much alcohol reduces testosterone levels, decreasing sperm count and reducing your libido. Remember, no more than one or two drinks per day.
Taking certain herbs
There are herbs that can actually decrease fertility. One common herb used for the treatment of mild to moderate depression is St. John’s Wort. Although it works great to lift your, mood, it may decrease your fertility. If you take St. John’s Wort and suffer from depression, be sure to talk to your doctor before discontinuing its use. You may be able to take another natural mood supplement such as 5HTP.
If your wife hasn’t gotten pregnant yet, take a look at your lifestyle and see if you’re following any of these fertility-reducing habits. If so, they’re all easy enough to correct and you should soon be the proud father of a healthy baby!
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