For many, getting pregnant is easy. For others it is quite difficult. Some can have one child with no problems, then when trying for another they encounter some issues. This is due in part to medical issues, but also the actions of the mother. There are many things a mom can do that will ruin her chances at becoming pregnant again, and some things that are simply out of mom's control.
There are illnesses that can't be avoided, aging (which also can't be avoided) and many other things that can hinder a woman's chances at becoming pregnant again.
We have more toxins around us than ever before; chemicals in our daily personal hygiene items that have been linked to cancer and infertility. And of course stress, medications and partying are also factors that can affect a woman's fertility. It is tough, because there are just so many things can destroy a woman's chance for becoming pregnant again.
The best thing a woman can do if she is trying for another child is to avoid as many toxins as possible, try to lead a healthy lifestyle, and take care of herself. And should she think there is a problem, go get checked out by a doctor to see what is wrong.
15 Breastfeeding Over The Bottle
Breastfeeding is known to delay ovulation. Depending on how often and how long a woman breastfeeds for will impact how long the delay of her ovulation. Some even believe that being older and nursing can actually make a woman infertile. There is not much to back this up, but some women still believe it. Since breastfeeding has long been known as a form of birth control. It delays a woman's reproductive cycle. Some women choose to breast feed well into the toddler years. This causes a stop of the her cycle for many years and that can have adverse affects on her fertility. While many believe breast feeding is best, taking care of herself is also important. Talking to a doctor about her want to conceive again, and how long she should breast feed for is a good plan of action.
14 Neglecting The Mouth
In women, how well they take care of their oral hygiene has been linked to how long it will take them get pregnant. IN men, poor oral health has been linked to low sperm counts. So not only will good oral health make your partner want to kiss you more and we all know what that leads to... It also means that a woman with good oral health will have an easier time getting pregnant than a woman who does not take care of her oral health. Women with periodontal disease, and gingivitis or more likely to be diagnoses with endometriosis and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Both diseases make it very difficult for a woman to get pregnant or can hinder it all together. It just goes to show, a woman needs to take care of herself to help with her fertility. That includes, physical, oral and mental health.
13 When The Body Reacts
Many people suffer from allergies. But not many know that it can effect a woman's fertility. Food allergies and sensitivities are being linked to infertility in women now. Many women are not even aware of their food allergies/sensitivities. Some symptoms if food allergies include, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, eczema, rashes, headaches, frequent illnesses, and menstrual cycle problems. The best way to find out if one has a food allergy is by elimination. If one suspects there is a problem, eliminate the foods that could be the culprit, and then gradually start eating them again, which will allow the women to pinpoint what food or food types are the culprit. Cutting out processed foods, dairy, gluten and nuts are usually a great way to start. One can also go to the doctor and get allergy tests as well.
12 Nonstick Pots And Pans Might Sound Good...
Nonstick pans are awesome, right? They make for an easy clean up. Well, the chemicals used to make the pans "nonstick" are actually quite harmful. The chemical compounds are known as "PFOA" and "PFOS" (Perfluorooctanoic acid and Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid . Both were the original chemicals used in Teflon and Scotch guard products. About a decade ago the toxicity became and issue when using PFOA and PFOS, so reformulating how these products were made began. And while now there are lower traces of them in non stick pots, pans, Teflon and Scotch Guard products. They were used enough in large quantities that they are now found in our air and water. Studies have proved that women with higher PFOA and PFOS levels in their system take longer times to get pregnant, if they are ever able to.
11 Everyone Forgets About Age
Age is cited as one of the most important factors regarding a women's fertility. The woman's fertility begins to decline starting in her early thirties. The decline rapidly increases after 35, and once hitting forty, there is only a 5% chance for a woman to get pregnant. This doesn't seem fair, and it's not. It is simply a fact life, and though it makes conceiving harder, it's not impossible. However, there is a greater increase for birth defects and genetic disorders when a woman over 35 has a baby. And they are 2 and half times more likely to have a still birth. Once a woman turns 40 she is 5 times more likely to have stillbirth. The risk for miscarriage is also greater once a woman turns 40. There are alternatives though, such as using a surrogate.
10 What's In The Shower?
Infertility can happen to anyone. Male or female. Many infertile couples are exposed to higher levels of phthalates than other fertile couples. Antibacterial soaps, shaving cream, shampoos, and nail polish all contain a variety of chemicals, most of which are bad for humans. And many of which are known to cause birth defects , miscarriage, and infertility.
And just become mom is fertile, doesn't mean that dad will be able to get her pregnant. Changing soaps and makeup to something organic and locally made is much better than using a store brand that's full of chemicals. And while it is hard for moms and dads to stay away from chemicals 100% of the time, it is possible to greatly reduce the amount of chemicals that goes into on onto their bodies daily.
9 Greasing The Wheels
Many couples who are struggling to conceive will need to use some sort of lubricant at on point or another. Those facing fertility challenges will more likely have some sort of schedule for doing it. And when this occurs, scheduling the baby making, it takes some of the romance out, and makes it more like a clinical study. Thus leading to dryness.
Now, the lubricant doesn't cause a woman to become infertile, but it does prevent mobility of the swimmers in the woman's body. And not just lubricant's with sperm killer in them. There are many brands without it that have been proven to kinder the mobility of them in the woman's body. The best thing to do is try a natural lubricant. Lubricant, like coconut oil, is widely known for its many uses, and a natural lube is one of them.
8 What's On The Plate
This seems like a real no brainer. A healthy lifestyle and proper diet is very important when trying to conceive (and always). Women who seem otherwise healthy and can't conceive are often told by their doctor to incorporate a healthy, active lifestyle and to ditch the poor diet. Scientists have found that poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle is one of the main reasons for ovulatory disorder. Ovulatory disorder will have irregular periods, or none at all. And if they do get a period, the eggs will not develop properly, or they won't release from the ovaries.
Poor diet is also linked to ADHD in children, gestational diabetes, among other illnesses. Eating healthy foods from the earth as opposed to chemical laden fast foods and pre packaged foods will help a woman's fertility. Exercising at least 30 minutes a day and keeping her weight at a healthy one helps too.
7 Do You Have A Night Light?
This may sound weird, and even unbelievable, but there is a link to artificial lighting causing infertility in women. Artificial lighting from electronics, like our phones, laptops and tablets, give a signal to the brain to stay awake longer and disrupts sleep patterns. And a disruption of the sleep cycle causes the body to produce less melatonin, a vital hormone, which is the hormone which makes us sleep. It isn't the artificial light itself, but the chemical reaction which goes on in the body that affects a women's fertility. More accurately, the woman's exposure to artificial light at night throws her chemistry off thus creating hormonal imbalances and issues with fertility.
Women who are pregnant can still be affected by the artificial lighting as the melatonin levels can affect the unborn baby. If there is not enough melatonin the babies biological clock will be off.
6 The Dangerous Makeup Bag
Let's talk about makeup. Some women love it and never leave home without it. Some can take it or leave it. Those who use makeup more frequently are more likely to face infertility. Much like soaps and shampoos, makeup and the varying varieties, contain some very powerful chemicals, some of which not only cause infertility, but promote the growth of certain breast cancer cells. When buying makeup look for packaging that says things like "paraben free" and "sulfate free".
Oxybenzone is another chemical that has some nasty side effects. Including that it mimics hormones and can wreak havoc on a woman's reproductive system and cause endometriosis. Endometriosis of course can cause infertility. It may seem like a crap shoot sometimes. Every where we turn we are faced with chemicals that cause harm. All one can do is to try and cut out as many as they can.
5 When It's Canned
It isn't that canned foods are really dangerous, but there is a certain toxin, called BPA which is in cans, plastic containers and water bottles, and even certain shopping receipts! BPA—Bisphenol-A, and while it is located in many common items, it is easy to avoid. Instead of using plastic water bottles, invest in a nice glass, or double vacuum sealed water bottle. Stop heating foods in plastic containers and avoid buying canned foods. Infertility is not always avoidable, but avoiding many of the items on this list will at least help make the odds better. Studies have shown there is a definite link between women who have higher levels of BPA in their systems and infertility. As wells men having lower semen counts. Canned drinks as well as canned meats and fish have not been shown to absorb BPA like other foods.
4 Leaving The Rubber Behind
It may be fun to get out and have a random hookup or one night stand. Especially when going through a divorce, or being single and having a night off from the kids. But if a women ever wants to have more children, playing it safe is her best bet. Chlamydia, we well known STD can cause an infection without any symptoms! Which can lead to infertility. Unsafe hookups can also lead to other STD's which can also cause infertility by infections that cause scarring in the tubes that connect the ovary and uterus.
There are a variety of ways to stay safe out there. Many of which were probably even taught in high school. And if one is worried about the risk outweighing the fun, or think they will live to regret their actions, then just abstain.
3 Letting The Nerves Take Over
Stress can cause a plethora of illnesses in men and women alike. Including infertility. Stress causes real and drastic changes to the human body, like disrupting hormonal balances. Doctors are still performing studies to more conclusively prove the link between stress and infertility. one study of a group of women trying to get pregnant, the 30% who were stressed were unable to conceive. Then a percentage of them tried distressing techniques and were able to conceive. Which means there is some kind of link there. And why wouldn't there be a link. If stress can cause death, heart attacks, strokes and hormonal imbalances, then why wouldn't cause other sever illnesses? One doctor says that less stress helps increase blood flow to the uterus, which can help with contraception. So, for all over health, try staying away from stress and doing activities that help distressing.
2 Turning Up
Many young people out there aren't thinking about getting pregnant. They are focused on partying and enjoying their youth. They may even have one kid, but are still enjoying a party life when they have a sitter. Because lets face it, being young goes by pretty fast. It isn't always easy to think about how things we do when we are young, will have consequences down the road. Things like drinking in excess, smoking cigarettes and using drugs (even recreationally) can have devastating and long term effects on a woman's reproductive system. Tar in cigarettes can kill eggs that were healthy. Drinking heavily not only affects a woman's reproductive system negatively, it can cause low to non existent sperm counts in men. Partying too hard also leads to poor decisions, like eating bad foods and not exercising enough. Which can all affect the fertility in a woman.
There are medications out there for about every kind of disease, kind of headache or runny nose out there. Some are great and provide the relief the user is expecting. Some of the medications have pretty drastic side effects. Chemo for example can kill a woman's ovaries, thus leaving her unable to conceive. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, with long term use have been known to make it harder for conception. Some natural and herbal medications have been a cause for concern to doctors and woman with infertility problems. Some seem to think they can cause fertility issues, and doctors want more tests and studies to find out.
Psychiatric medications interfere with hormonal regulation. Thyroid medicines can affect prolactin levels (either by being to high of a dosage or too low). In some cases, like cancer treatment and asthma meds, medications are unavoidable. But if they can be, then just avoid them.