Infertility Prevention

Unfortunately, most cases of infertility are beyond any basic method of infertility prevention. This fact should not, however, preclude anyone trying to conceive from taking some basic preventative measures to ensure they are functioning at a reasonably high level of physical and emotional health during this process.

Lifestyle precautions

  • Avoid excessive exercise (which can lead to a variety of menstrual disorders);
  • Cease any recreational drug use;
  • Quit smoking. Smoking has been linked to miscarriages. You can use Nicotine Replacement or Smoking Medication.;
  • Minimize caffeine and alcohol intake (alcohol can disturb hormonal balances and lead to miscarriages);
  • Apply methods of stress relief that don’t involve alcohol (such as meditation and other relaxation techniques);
  • Practice safe sex to avoid contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs);
  • Maintain a reasonably ideal body weight (to prevent hormonal imbalance);
  • Avoid exposure to environmental hazards, including pesticides and heavy metals (such as lead and mercury) ) and are properly protected from radiation (during X-rays, etc);
  • Keep a chart to follow your monthly cycle, as one’s cycle is an important indicator of overall health.

Health precautions

  • In the event an STD is contracted, seek early medical help;
  • Maintain a diet featuring fresh fruits and vegetables (specifically, foods high in folic acid);
  • Weight should be kept under control;
  • Have regular physical examinations (including pap smears);
  • Take the appropriate steps to control health issues such as diabetes and hypothyroidism;
  • Look into your family history of fertility, specifically with your biological mother (genetics play an important role in fertility)
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about whether any medications you’re taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and any herbal remedies you take, have been shown to cause fertility.

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