Prevention of Infertility in Women

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Prevention of Infertility
Prevention of Infertility in Women
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Some cases of female infertility can be reduced or even eliminated by taking precautions in the areas of lifestyle and general health.  To that end, health professionals recommend that women:

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);
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
Eat 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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