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Things That Affect Fertility

When you have difficulty conceiving, it can cause you a lot of anxiety and sadness. Your instinct is to look for a reason when you’re having fertility issues, but it’s a complex area that not even doctors fully understand, and getting answers can be difficult. Today OvuSense is looking at some of the things that can affect your fertility so you can feel more informed about conceiving, and beginning your pregnancy journey.

Timing

There are two ways time affects your fertility: it decreases over the course of your lifetime, and varies over the course of a month – or, more accurately, over the course of your menstrual cycle.

Fertility declines for men and women over the course of their lives, though men remain more fertile for longer. It used to be thought that after the age of 35 women’s fertility dropped dramatically, but this is no longer thought to be the case. Newer statistics based on the increased health of women in the 21st century reveals very little difference in egg health between the age of 34 and 40, and a less dramatic decline even after the age of 40.

As a woman, your fertility also varies across the course of your cycle – you stand the best chance of getting pregnant by identifying and targeting your fertile days, when sperm can survive long enough to meet the freshly ovulated egg and fertilise it. OvuSense can help here: our system bases its prediction on your basal body temperature, which means it can get you advance notification of your ovulation even when your cycle is irregular.

Health Issues

There are some health conditions that have a dramatic impact on your cycle. Anything that affects your endocrine system – how your hormones are made and travel around your body – has the potential to affect your fertility. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the most widespread fertility issues affecting women today, with up to 20% of women in the UK affected.

The condition is caused by runaway production of insulin in your body – this causes more hormone disturbances, which contribute to a disturbed menstrual cycle. Eggs don’t mature as they should and you ovulate infrequently. This makes it harder for you to find your fertile days, and gives you a lower chance of conceiving.

Diet and Lifestyle

Your diet and lifestyle can have positive and negative effects on your fertility – smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol can both undermine the health of the key reproductive cells of both men and women. The good news is that as soon as three months after giving up, you can expect your reproductive health to return to a more normal level.

You can also address health conditions like PCOS with changes to your diet and some additional supplements. If you can lose some of the weight PCOS encourages you to gain, you can bring your insulin levels down and help your body return to a more normal cycle, for example!