woman pregnancy testYou want to have children some day, but what can you do now to improve the odds that you'll be able to conceive when you're ready to start a family? First, some good news: infertility in the U.S. is on the decline. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only about one-in-ten women report difficulty getting pregnant or carrying the baby full term. The chances of infertility do increase as you age, but there are things that you can do to put yourself on the road to motherhood:

Eat Right – What's good for your heart is also good for your eggs. Studies have shown that women who ate more healthy unsaturated fats were less likely to experience infertility due to ovulation problems than those whose diets included more unhealthy fats.

Don't Stress Out – Stress can interfere with the body's natural signal to begin ovulation each month. Learn how to find your “happy place” with exercise, meditation, or other healthy habits that will improve your odds of conceiving.

Test For STIs – A sexually transmitted infection that goes untreated can cause scarring in your reproductive organs and block your fallopian tubes. Be sure that you are tested regularly so that prompt treatment can help prevent any damage.

Try The Pill – It sounds like the opposite of good fertility advice, but using an oral contraceptive could help you become pregnant when you're ready. That's because an oral contraceptive can reduce the risk of fertility-damaging conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, endometrial cancer, and ovarian cysts.

Kick The Habit – We all know that smoking is a “no-no” during pregnancy, but it doesn't help if you ever want to get pregnant. Smoking constricts blood vessels, including those that feed the ovaries, which accelerates the loss of eggs and can lead to infertility.

See Your Doc – A major cause of infertility is undiagnosed or untreated medical problems that can interfere with your body's hormonal balance, such as diabetes or thyroid disease. See your general physician as well as your OB/GYN for regular exams.

And because it takes two to make a baby, here are some bonus tips to improve your man's fertility:

Skip The Laptop – Surfing the web for hours with a laptop sitting over his crotch may be bad for babymaking because the heat from the computer can lower the sperm count. Use a laptop cooling pad to prevent any problems.

Say “No” To Viagra – Erectile dysfunction drugs can be used even when not medically necessary, but studies have shown that the medications can reduce a sperm's ability to penetrate an egg.

Give The Guys More Room – Ask him to switch from briefs to boxers. The heat that builds up under stretchy fabric in tight underwear can reduce sperm count.


Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

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Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
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