Lifestyle and Fertility: How Age, Exercise and Diet can
affect your fertility.
If only there
was a ‘fertility switch’ we could turn on and off according to our
circumstances. There isn’t of course. The reality is that you never
really know whether you’re going to have any fertility difficulties
until you start trying to conceive. Age and lifestyle both have an
impact on fertility. We can’t stop the passage of time, but we can make
changes to our lifestyle to maximise the chances of success when trying
to get pregnant.
essentially requires a healthy sperm and egg. Women are born with a
finite supply of eggs; from puberty up until the menopause, one of these
eggs is released each month. The difficulty is that the quality of the
eggs released by the ovaries tends to decline as the woman gets older.
This becomes a bigger issue as women progress past their mid-30s. While
age does not impact a man’s fertility to the same extent as a woman’s,
research has suggested that there is a marked year-on-year decline in
sperm quality once a man reaches his 40s..
Keep It Within the Normal Range.
weight can affect ovulation. One common cause of infertility is
polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),
which can be made worse by being significantly overweight. There’s also
an increased risk of pregnancy complications, premature birth and low
birth weight if you’re overweight. The time to think about reaching a
normal weight is before you become pregnant. Actively trying to lose
weight while you’re actually pregnant may cause problems in itself and
could mean that your baby’s being deprived of essential nutrients. If
you are pregnant and overweight, the best way forward is to liaise with
your doctor and other health professionals to manage the risks you might
face and deal with any potential problems.
Don’t Overdo It!
Can too much
exercise be bad for us if we’re trying to conceive? With so many mixed
messages in the media it can be difficult to get accurate information on
the issues. Some research suggests that very intense and frequent
exercise has a negative impact on a woman’s fertility. However this is
to be seen in the context of the overwhelming body of evidence which
suggests that moderate or light physical activity – along with a healthy
lifestyle overall – is good for general body fitness and fertility. The
standard daily 30 minutes of moderate exercise is recommended.
However, if you go beyond this and exhaust yourself in the gym every
day, you may be putting your reproductive system under undue stress.
Boost Your Fertility By Eating Well!
A diet high
in fat and trans-fat can have a negative effect on ovulation and on
sperm production. The same is true of excessive alcohol. It is thought
that a diet rich in high quality proteins greatly increases a man’s
sperm quality – given that gametes (reproductive cells) are essentially
proteins. Recent research also indicates that protein is important for
good quality embryos and better egg quality. Healthy omega-3 fats and
plenty of dark leafy vegetables should also be on the menu. Be sure to
ask your physician or fertility expert about what supplements you ought
to be taking. The important thing to remember is that a healthy weight
and diet and exercise can not only boost your fertility, but will also
increase your chances of have a healthy baby.
Fertility Group (QFG) is Queensland’s largest group of Fertility
Specialists with over 13 clinics reaching from Cairns to the Gold Coast.
Boasting some of the highest fertility treatment success rates in
Australia, QFG offers patients the full range of fertility investigation
and treatment options from simple techniques, like ovulation timing,
right through to artificial insemination and IVF. To learn more about
the leading Fertility Specialists in your area or to locate your local
QFG clinic, please visit http://qfg.com.au