Most women look forward to becoming mums at some point in their lives, I know I did and i’m so thankful for motherhood. With this in mind, infertility may dash that beautiful dream for some women, which can be very frustrating and soul destroying.
There are a number of factors that can cause female infertility, some of which are self-inflicted and can be rectified. To be honest, the earlier the better. So here are some habits that may affect your ability to bear a child.
- Smoking– Do you know what? I don’t even know why people still smoke in 2017 despite all the health warnings out there. To put it quite bluntly and straight to the point, smoking damages the cervix and the fallopian tubes. Smoking also puts one at risk of miscarriage or premature birth even when you manage to get pregnant.
- Alcohol-Studies have shown that weekly consumption of 1 to 5 alcohol may reduce chances of being pregnant whilst higher weekly consumption may actually make it extremely difficult to conceive at all. It’s better to drink occasionally if you are planning to have a baby.
- Unprotected sex – Having sex with multiple partners leaves you open to sexually transmitted diseases. STDs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia can damage the Fallopian tubes.
During my time as a student nurse, I looked after a young lady in her late 20s whose fallopian tubes were completely damaged due to untreated sexually transmitted infections. She was told by the surgeon very casually that conceiving was impossible for her. She sat there and cried her eyes out and I was left to comfort her. That made me so sad and I prayed in my heart for her but I was unable to help her in any other way.
If you suspect that you may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection, please see your doctor as soon as possible. Don’t be ashamed.
4. Weight– Obesity affects hormonal imbalance and the normal ovulation process. Thus may cause infertility or some difficulty in conceiving at a planned time, especially for a first time mum. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is associated with obesity which in itself is one of the factors that affects a woman’s fertility. On the other hand, being underweight can also affect affects a woman’s fertility. underweight (BMI under 18.5) causes hormonal imbalance and therefore affects ovulation. According to studies on infertility, a healthy weight boosts fertility.
BMI is based on weight and height of a person.
Healthy BMI – 18.5 to 24.9
Overweight BMI – 25 to 29.9
Obese BMI – 30 or higher.
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5. Age – This can either be your call or not. Nonetheless, in this case, women who make decisions to wait until they are in their 30s and 40s may have to consider the difficulty to conceive at that age. Infertility becomes an issue once a woman gets to her mid-30s. A woman’s fertility rate is at its highest in her 20s. There is also issues of premature menopause to ponder on.
Because I love to plan ahead, I always recommend prepping your body for childbearing by living a healthy lifestyle even before you meet your future husband.