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For all of you who are concerned about your fertility, here are some things that you should be aware of on that long-hard jorney.

Eating Well

The good news is that staying well nourished can boost your chances of conceiving. It is important to consume enough iron, protein, zinc, vitamins C and D in the diet. The deficiencies in these diet elements are linked to lengthened menstrual cycles and a higher risk of miscarriage. If you’re considering taking a multivitamin supplement, you should take your doctor’s advice. Anyway, it is good to eat protein-rich food, like meat, fish, eggs and beans.

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Drinking With Caution

Recent researches have shown that alcohol consumption can lead to a decreased ability to get pregnant, besides its’ bad influence on a developing fetus. Alcohol often alters levels of estrogen, which may disrupt the process of egg implantation. The occasional glass of wine at dinner-time is not considered as harmful to fertility. Cutting back on caffeine can also be benefiting to you, when trying to conceive and during pregnancy as well.

Watching Your Weight

Besides other risks that it does to your health, excess body fat can easily initiate the overproduction of certain hormones, which later disrupt ovulation. Your cycles may become less regular, your ovulation as well, which already lowers the chances of getting pregnant. On the other side, the lack of body fat can lead to insufficient production of hormones to ovulate on monthly basis, or it can sustain a pregnancy if you succeed to conceive. Exercising can also help you maintain the desired weight.

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Steer Clear of Pesticides

 Many herbicides and pesticides which are used to eliminate weeds that threaten crops, can harm male fertility and may also affect female fertility. It inhibits ovarian function and disrupts the menstrual cycle. In 2015, a study published under the name “Issue of Human Reproduction” has shown how eating fruits and vegetables with pesticides can harm the sperm count. According to this study, men who ate the most pesticide-treated food had two problems; a lower sperm count and lower-quality sperm.

Watch Workplace Issues

Radiation, nitrous oxide and certain common industrial chemicals can also disrupt the cycle and lead to decreased fertility. You should be careful if your working environment is surrounded with hazardous chemicals. There is also one study which has shown that rotating shifts could affect fertility. It says that there’s an 80% higher rate of fertility problems among the women who work rotating shifts, compared to those with steady daily ones.

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Quit Smoking

The toxins which are part of cigarettes can damage woman’s eggs and also interfere with the fertilization and implantation process. The studies show that the ovaries of a 35yo smoker function as if they belong to a 42yo person. Those persons are less fertile according to Dr. Robert Barbieri, the head of obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, Mass. Dr. Barbieri warns: “Smoking does permanent damage to your fertility, but when you cut out cigarettes, you get some ovarian function back.”

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