Top Causes of Infertility

InfertilityInfertility can affect people regardless of age, gender and marital status. In fact, there are millions of couples worldwide who struggle with infertility. Some of the most common fixable lifestyle causes of infertility in both men and women include:

  • Obesity. Besides other health problems like diabetes, obesity can be a contributing factor to infertility in men and women. Obesity puts men at higher risk of erectile dysfunction, and women who are obese are more prone to menstrual and ovulatory dysfunction infertility. An active lifestyle can help maintain the quality of sperm in men and ovaries in women.
  • Tobacco Use. A major contributor to infertility is using tobacco in any form. Women who smoke have a lower probability of conceiving and a higher chance of miscarriage. Men who smoke experience a lower sperm count, making it less likely to fertilize eggs. In addition, the embryos they do create are less likely to survive. If you or your partner smokes, talk to your doctor about a smoking cessation program that may be right for you.
  • Diet. What you eat has quite a bit to do with the rise infertility rates. Consuming sugary sodas and fruit drinks, starches, and trans fats  and processed food can be a big factor. Many studies have shown that a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates improves fertility.  Additionally, increase your intake of folic-rich foods like oranges, bananas, broccoli, cabbage and egg yolk.
  • Treatment of a disease. Infertility may be a result of treatments received for diseases like cancer, endometriosis, pelvic pain and sexually transmitted diseases. Radiation and chemotherapy can affect fertility greatly. If you’re undergoing treatment, talk to your doctor about the repercussions this may have on your fertility.
  • Staying healthy.  It isn’t always easy to pinpoint infertility symptoms, but visiting your doctor for regular checkups can help you decrease problems related to infertility. The healthier you are the better your fertility. Regular checkups and awareness can help fend off infertility related problems.

For more information about living with infertility, or to learn more about any of the services we provide, please contact Rocky Mountain Fertility Center online or by calling 303.999.3877.

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