Top 5 things you can do to preserve your fertility now

Top 5 things you can do to preserve your fertility now

1. Smoking is so passé

I know I know you don’t really smoke or you’re trying to quit… get to it lady! I promise you’ll feel much better once you put that dart down. This also goes for social smoking; no one looks cute with a haze of smoke coming out of your mouth from deep down in your lungs, especially in a cocktail dress! Apart from all the negative effects smoking has on your general health it’s also awful for your baby maker. Side effects include:
  • Higher infertility rates
  • It takes longer to conceive if you’re puffing away
  • Harmful to your ovaries
  • Accelerates your already decreasing number of eggs
  • Effects the quality of your eggs

Not only does smoking age your pretty face it ages your whole reproductive system! Sadly the powers that be haven’t come up with a Botox for your ovaries. But if they do I’ll be sure to let you know.

 

2. Control your weight

Control your love for all things sugar, processed, fried, high in saturated fats.. basically anything that tastes amazing, just kidding! There are loads of delicious and healthy options, which I will happily share with you. Eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight can do wonders for your reproductive system. 12% of all infertility cases are a direct result of a woman either weighing to little or too much. You’re probably thinking, “How in the world does this tasty treat effect my fertility?” The answer, estrogen. Estrogen is a sex hormone produced in fat cells. In short, too much body fat produces too much estrogen, which acts as a form of birth control, limiting your chances of getting pregnant. Don’t get too excited skinny! A woman with too little body fat can’t produce enough estrogen and as a result her reproductive cycle starts to shut down. Neither are desirable and both under and overweight women have irregular cycles effecting ovulation and fertility.

3. Lets Talk About Sex!

The majority of us won’t be virgins when we get married… shocker, I know! It turns out only 3% of Americans wait until marriage. On average American women have 4 sexual partners while men have 7. I can’t stress this enough ladies - Wrap It Up! Sexually transmitted infections can affect your fertility in the future. Infections such as chlamydia or gonorrhea can cause pelvic infections and lead to infertility by damaging the fallopian tubes, which can lead to ectopic pregnancies.

4. De-stress & take some Me time

Many of us lead very busy and at times stressful lives. It’s for this reason we all need to remind ourselves to take a moment to de-stress. It’s widely accepted that stress can have a negative impact on our overall health. Many leading fertility specialists attribute stress to being the cause of unexplained infertility. I’ve added a few activities I like to do to help me unwind. Let me know what works for you!
  • Any physical activity (I personally love running)
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Hanging out with my loved ones and friends
  • Laughing
  • Writing
  • Pampering: nails, hair, message - take your pick

5. How hormonal are you?

One of the best ways to figure out how Fertile Mertile you are is to test you anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels. These two hormones are tested through blood samples and can give you a good indication of your ovarian reserve. This will give you a better idea of what you can continue to do to preserve your fertility. As a side note, vitamin D seems to have a positive effect on AMH levels, which is becoming the leading marker to measure ovarian reserve. So make sure you’re taking at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D to improve those levels.