Understanding Your Fertility

I have teamed up with a fertility clinic in London to share some of their helpful knowledge on fertility. Hopefully this will help anyone trying to start a family understand more about fertility and how to look after your body in preparation for pregnancy…

Fertility treatment

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Many couples seek the help of fertility treatments like IVF. This is because they are unable to conceive a baby naturally. In fact, as many as one in six couples experience issues with infertility. Many of us know that as a woman ages her fertility declines, but fertility is not just an issue that women have to deal with, it also affects many men. Sperm quality also declines with age in the same way that it does for a woman’s eggs.

Improving Your Lifestyle

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There are steps you can take to improve your lifestyle that will increase your chances of successful conception. For instance, excessive exercise or dieting can prevent a woman’s menstrual cycle and therefore hinder her chance of becoming pregnant. Smoking, drinking alcohol and an unhealthy diet can also harm the reproductive system for both men and women.
A nutritious and varied diet filled with vitamins and minerals is what you should be aiming for. You should also try to include some exercise into your daily routine.

Speak To Your Doctor

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There are many other factors that can lead to infertility and cause you to seek expert advice. A medical professional will discuss your history and carry out a series of tests to try and identify the cause of the problem. It may be that you have an underlying health issue or scarring from a previous STI. Unfortunately a cause cannot always be found, but in cases where it can, fertility treatments will be suggested based on how suitable they are to your condition.

If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for a long time now with regular unprotected sex and no success, don’t be afraid to book an appointment with your GP to voice your concerns. Being able to talk about the issue is one of the first steps to finding a possible solution.

You can see my story and struggles here

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