A recent study from Denmark has suggested that caffeine may have a negative impact on in-vitro fertilization success. According to the research, consuming more than five cups of coffee a day could reduce the odds of achieving pregnancy by 50 percent. Because this was a small study, most people in the reproductive community believe it needs further research. This news does, however, raise the question of whether lifestyle can impact fertility.
The Choices that Matter
At Dallas Fertility Associates, we want our patients to have accurate information about the causes of infertility. Often, female fertility problems and male factor infertility occur because of hormonal, anatomical or medical issues. Certain lifestyle factors can affect your ability to conceive, including:
While you are trying to conceive, most doctors recommend limiting alcoholic beverages or cutting them out completely because of the risk of birth defects. Drinking too much can also decrease conception rates in women.
Though smoking can be a hard habit to break, females who smoke may have three to four times more trouble getting pregnant than women who don’t. Men who use tobacco may experience chromosomal abnormalities within their sperm and erectile dysfunction.
The world we live in is not perfect, so we all have to deal with chemicals, pesticides and other toxins. Exposure to these substances on a daily basis can inhibit your fertility, so talk with your physician if you or your spouse has a job that requires routine contact.
Not only is a healthy, balanced diet important once you become pregnant, but what you eat can also affect the chances of conception. When you don’t have the necessary vitamins and minerals, your body may not feel like it can support a pregnancy, which can lead to fertility issues.
When you are trying to get pregnant, you want to do whatever it takes to ensure a positive outcome. The team at Dallas Fertility Associates is here to provide support, encouragement and resources to help you succeed in your ultimate goal: a healthy baby.
For more information about diagnosing and treating infertility, please visit www.dallasfertility.com. To schedule a consultation with one of the doctors at Dallas Fertility Associates, contact our office.