Can Infertility in Women Be Prevented?

InfertilityFemale infertility can obviously be devastating to women who want to start a family. However, there are many risk factors associated with this condition that can be minimized or eliminated entirely. By making some healthy lifestyle choices, women can substantially improve their ability to have children.

Healthy Choices

By maintaining an appropriate weight and exercising regularly, women can help not only their overall health, but their menstrual regularity as well. If, for instance, you are obese or have ever suffered from bulimia or anorexia nervosa, those conditions can result in irregular menstrual patterns due to hormonal imbalances. Irregular menstrual cycles have also been linked to intense athletic training.

By reducing caffeine, exercising moderately and maintaining proper nutrition, you could possibly increase your chances of being able to conceive. Talk to a fertility doctor, of course, if you are having difficulty becoming pregnant. However, you should also follow a balanced diet and refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol to excess.

In addition, hazards in the workplace can also contribute to infertility. These include common toxins such as DDT, PCB’s, mercury and others. The paper industry often produces dioxin pollutants, which can adversely affect a woman’s reproductive tract.

Prepare Early

The time to think about your fertility is well before you start thinking about having a baby. Have a good idea of the things that can negatively affect your ability to become pregnant, and do what you can to avoid those risk factors. Talk to your primary care physician to gain a better understanding of your body, and have a yearly checkup to monitor the health of your reproductive system.

Time is of the essence in regard to reproduction. If you are younger than 35 and have not been able to conceive for the past year, talk to a trained physician. If you are 35 or older, talk to a specialist as soon as you can if you are attempting to achieve pregnancy but have been unable to after trying for six months.

The Dallas area professionals with the DFW Center for Fertility & IVF are ready to help. Contact us online or call 469-854-0305 to learn more or schedule an appointment. We will thoroughly assess the reason for your infertility and work with you to determine the best course of treatment.