What affects your fertility? How do you really know? Today I will discuss how what you do, think and eat affects your fertility. But we will also discuss something that is totally out of your control affects your fertility the most.
Listen in as I share how you understand what some of the leading things are that affect your fertility and ways to help your body flourish. Be sure to like the podcast and subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.
The first MAJOR PLAYER in your fertility --- this is like the big boy stepping up to bat. Like everyone steps back when this one goes swinging because you know it’s going to be big - --- its the major player.
And that is your age.
Did you know that age is the number one factor that affects your fertility? Honestly, I didn’t know this until I was in my 30s. Which is a good time to find it out, but once I really understood it to be true, because let’s be real, I didn’t believe it at first, I wondered what took me so long to know it to be true.
Women become less fertile as they age because they begin life with a fixed number of eggs in their ovaries. The number of eggs decreases as women get older. ... And as age increases, women are at higher risk of disorders that can affect fertility, such as uterine fibroids and endometriosis.
Here’s information from ASRM, which is the American Society of Reproductive Medicine --
They say -
In today’s society, age-related infertility is becoming more common because, for a variety of reasons, many women wait until their 30s to begin their families. Even though women today are healthier and taking better care of themselves than ever before, improved health in later life does not offset the natural age-related decline in fertility. It is important to understand that fertility declines as a woman ages due to the normal age-related decrease in the number of eggs that remain in her ovaries. This decline may take place much sooner than most women expect.
A study published by the Department of Psychological Science, University of Vermont and Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University published in 2014, suggests that when stress hormones are activated, they inhibit the release of both estrogen and testosterone, meaning that both male and female fertility suffer when anxiety is present.
Then we also have A 2010 study conducted by Oxford University and the National Institutes of Health and that indicates that women with high levels of alpha-amylase which was found to be around 25% of woman, a substance that's secreted into the saliva and has been linked to stress response, have more trouble conceiving than those who don't. In this study, 25% of the women had elevated levels of this. So this isn’t great.
Do you have stress at work?
Some stress is okay but constant stress, daily, even hourly, is not good for your mind, body and soul.
It might be a nice time to analyze your current day-to-day stress and analyze the amount of stress on you, daily.
Another great study to share comes from us from Harvard. Their study launched a bit of a stir in the world of health and nutrition and fertility because it basically says that diet can have an impact on your fertility.
Here’s some of the jist of this study.
For women trying to become pregnant naturally (without “assistive reproductive technologies” such as in vitro fertilization), the following vitamins and nutrients were linked to positive effects on fertility:
omega-3 fatty acids
healthy diets (such as the Mediterranean diet)
On the other hand, antioxidants, vitamin D, dairy products, soy, caffeine, and alcohol appeared to have little or no effect on fertility in this review. Trans fat and “unhealthy diets” (those “rich in red and processed meats, potatoes, sweets, and sweetened beverages”) were found to have negative effects.
Yes, eating a healthy diet is a good idea for men and women. Extra folic acid, B12, and omega-3 fatty acids might be helpful for women, but healthy diets are already recommended to everyone, and a prenatal vitamin (which includes folic acid and vitamin B12) is already recommended for women trying to get pregnant.
There is some linkage of depression and affect it has on the hormones that control ovulation. This can have an impact on your ability to become pregnant.
Place ten minutes on a timer and then gently and quietly close your eyes and think about your reproductive organs thriving. Focus on your organs being full of life and healthy cells, healthy blood and working every day happily and efficiently. If you are not planning on becoming pregnant, think of their work every day as clockwork where they like to whistle while they work type thing and they prepare for a period and a flushing once a month.
If you find yourself wanting to become pregnant, do the same thing and visualize your organs knowing exactly what to do to get ready and then become pregnant. Also, get excited thinking about this and feel the feeling of conceiving and the embryo resting in your body and implanting and happily growing into a healthy and happy pregnancy.
If at any time you want professional help, visit your doctor because this is not medical advice.
Four items that affect your fertility:
There are other factors that affect fertility but these are some of the major ones.
If you have questions about these topics or want to talk more about your fertility shoot me a note at [email protected] anytime. I am open to new clients where we talk all about what you want for your life, how to create a family plan and when to learn about your fertility health.