Partying in college is ingrained in the “college experience.” It goes hand-in-hand with late night studies and copious amounts of coffee. You know, the stuff your dad only drinks and you didn’t think you liked?
College is a great place to sow your wild oats and get the partying and crazy nights out of your system before you start your career or family. BUT, what if we told you that your partying in college could affect your future plans?
14 Those Endless Lines of Jagerbombs
Massive amounts of caffeine mixed with alcohol? We all know that’s a bad combination, but we love to drink them anyway. Did you know that having caffeine while pregnant can affect your baby? Maybe you did, maybe you didn’t.
But know that massive amounts of caffeine before pregnancy can have an effect on your fertility as well. Those extra hot, triple shot Venti Maachiato’s aren’t doing you the good you think they are.
13 Freeze ‘Em All!
When you’re in college you’re not thinking about settling down and planning a family, and thats all fine and good. However, if that’s something that you’re interested in later on in life, giving a long hard thought about what you’re doing today can help you conceive when the time is right tomorrow.
Fact is, if you’re focused too much on the parties and the college experience, then freezing your eggs may be an option for you to consider if you want to have children. Just think of it as planning for the future.
12 Drugs… Fun at the Time, Not so Much in the Future
Alright. You’re at a party, you’re having fun and sometimes you add a little extra to your party routine. Did you know that these drugs can be hindering your fertility? We already know they reduce the sperm count and the ability of sperms to swim up to fertilize the eggs.
But what about you? Here’s some evidence that shows drugs do the same thing to your egg count and fertility as men. So just lay off them, will you?
11 A Major Oops!
Sure, partying can affect your fertility and future plans, but what happens when something at the party dictates your entire future plans? An “oops” can happen anywhere to any of us. We’re not saying to stop partying (that’s crazy talk), but make sure you’re practicing safe sex every single time!
Imagine getting pregnant while in college? It happens, but it isn't usually on most peoples radar. So in order to finish college, get that degree and live a little bit of your life, you need to avoid “oops” by being smart.
10 The Damn Ds.
Speaking of oops at a party…you’re having a good time, you’re having an even better time with your man of the night. But when you head to pee a few weeks later, what if you’re feeling a little burn? STIs and STDs can happen to anybody, even if you think you’re being safe.
Getting yourself checked out is the only way to keep yourself safe at all times, as not catching these early on can lead to tons of issues for your body, including fertility.
9 Too Much of The Pill Isn't Good
You’re on the pill because, let’s face it, it’s the easiest form of contraception. But, continued use of the pill can affect your fertility – something we all should know, but aren’t ready to accept.
If you’ve been on the pill for years, and just starting to think about planning a family, it may take awhile for your body to get back to normal. Don’t believe us? Here, read this article.
8 Those Long, Long Hours
Partying is the most common and fun way to blow off the stress of exams, studying, papers and all that garbage that comes with college. But having late nights doesn’t do you any good, and we aren't just talking about partying...
Staying up for long hours at a time from studying can severely affect the health of your body by putting added stress on it. Not enough sleep, low nutrition, high alcoholic intake; all of this can affect your fertility negatively.
7 Alcohol = Dehydration
Alcohol dehydrates your body, which is why when you’re hungover, a sports drink is your best friend. Continued dehydration can not only affect the health of your body, but can make your skin dry out and look wrinkled and old.
If the latter isn’t enough to keep you hydrated, think about what your skin looks like, and then imagine what the inside of your body looks like. Water is the key to your health, and to your fertility as well. This is especially true when it comes to cervical mucus, which can affect how easy or hard it is for the sperm to swim to the egg.
6 Two Really is More than Enough
Here’s something else you might not have known – more than two alcoholic beverages a day can affect your fertility. And, let’s be honest, if you’re out having a good time the amount of liquor you’re consuming is going to be way over two bevy’s a day.
Sure, getting drunk now and then isn't going to kill you, but if you’re thinking about having a baby in the next few years, try cutting back on the amount of alcohol you consume now to make it easier on your body later on.
5 Social Smokers Aren’t Better Off than Chain Smokers
So, you’re a social smoker. Perhaps you light up once you have a few adult beverages in you. We’re all guilty of having a cigarette or two when our inhibitions are down, although we should know better. It’s bad for us, and it’s bad for our fertility.
Smoking affects how receptive the uterus is to the egg, hindering the ability to get pregnant. Cutting down on smoking, now, can help you completely cut it out of your life when/if it becomes time to conceive.
4 Not De-toxing After Those College Parties
If we’re all party animals in college, it will take our bodies awhile to get all the toxins out of our system. And if we’re being totally honest, we’re not going to give up our Wine Wednesdays, are we? ‘Detoxing’ is the healthy way to simply cut out all the junk, like alcohol, high-sugar foods and fast food.
Of course, for the more dedicated lot, there are yummy smoothies and fruit diets that you can opt for, it you can afford them! Which brings us to our next point...
3 Nutrition. Is. Important.
If you’re not feeding your body properly, you’re going to have a bad time. Duh! Partying hard usually means you’re not getting the right amount of sleep, water, and nutrients - and, chances are, you’re dehydrating your body something fierce!
If your body is lacking in nutrients, this can affect your fertility. Keeping yourself healthy can be hard in college, what with the lack of monetary funds, time and inability to cook healthy meals. But, starting on the little things to keep you healthy now, can make for great habits later in life.
2 Second-Hand Smoke Hurts Too.
Even second-hand smoke can affect your fertility. Wonderful, isn’t it, to see how many restrictions are on us? Second-hand smoke can decrease your ovaries’ supply of eggs, so quit if you’re a smoker, and stay away from those who are.
Getting away from the party scene right from college can help detox your body from all the stressors you’ve put it through, and help bring your fertility rate right back up.
1 A Healthy Body Weight
Keeping a healthy body weight is key to great health for everybody. And it's especially true when it comes to your fertility. Being too thin or too heavy can affect your chances, especially if you’re a yo-yo weight gainer.
Sure, you may still get pregnant later on, but let’s just start being better to ourselves today, shall we?