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Lifestyle factors to consider to generally improve fertility

If you are trying to get pregnant, you may be wondering about your fertility and whether you can improve it. Some factors may be beyond your control such as medical issues that affect the ability to conceive. Lifestyle choices can also have an effect on your fertility.

Healthy lifestyle choices can help you promote fertility. Here is some useful health advice to consider: 

Healthy weight

Your weight can affect your chances of getting pregnant, which is why being a healthy weight is important. Being overweight can cause spontaneous conception to decrease, can worsen Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and may cause a decreased in sperm quality. 

Being overweight can impact on fertility treatment:

  • Affects the outcome of ovulation 
  • Respond poorly to fertility medication
  • Requires higher doses hormones to treat fertility
  • Effects In Vitro fertilisation (IVF) chances
  • Lower pregnancy rates

Weight loss can improve fertility outcomes by helping menstrual cycles (periods) to regulate and increasing chances of spontaneous ovulation. Gradual sustained weight loss is recommended rather than crash dieting. Find out more information about healthy eating and weight loss. 

Quit Smoking

Smoking tobacco and recreational substances can reduce the chances of conceiving naturally and reduces success rates of fertility treatments. 

  • Smoking can cause an imbalance of female hormones
  • Evidence suggest smoking causes damage to the fallopian tubes
  • Can impact sperm quality
  • Once pregnant, the toxins from smoking transfer through to the growing embryo impacting fetal development.
  • Increases the risk of miscarriage or still birth

Help Me Quit offers free one-to-one support from your own personal stop smoking advisor. 

Lifestyle factors to consider when planning pregnancy to improve fertility

As part of our fertility services, you will receive advice on how to improve fertility by optimising your health. By following this health and lifestyle advice, you can improve success rates if fertility treatment is required.

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