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How do I Protect Fertility

As a Female, How do I protect my Fertility?

I'm not ready for kids; why should I care about infertility?
You may hurt your chances of ever having children in future just by your behaviors that you engage in before you are ready to have children. It may be too late, if you wait to consider your fertility until you're ready for a family.

What can I do? Avoid Risky Behaviors
SMOKING - You are most likely aware of many potential health risks associated with smoking; but you probably don't know the impact that smoking leaves behind your ability to conceive. In fact, over 15% of female infertility is caused by cigarette smoking. Women who have the habit of smoking are prone to have Menopause (ovarian failure) about two years earlier than expected.

Quitting smoking will not only benefit your health and lengthen your life; it also will help protect your fertility.

WEIGHT -
Little known fact is that both excess and deficiency of body fat can lead to infertility. As much as 12% of infertility cases are a result of women either weighting too little or too much.

To protect your chances of conceiving, maintain a healthy weight through proper nutrition and exercise.

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS -
Practicing safe sex might not get you pregnant. Little known fact is that not using a condom now may lead you to never get pregnant in the future. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea are a leading cause of female infertility as they cause tubal block and often have no symptoms. These STIs can be prevented by regular use of condoms.

If you want to improve your chances of having a baby in the future, practice safe sex now.

AGE -
Recent socioeconomic trends such as 1) later age at first marriage 2) increased level of education and 3) increased percentage of women employed outside the home have greatly influenced the tendency for a woman to delay childbearing. One should understand that it is a biological fact that there is a decrease in fertility with advancing age. Though women and their partners have the luxury to decide the best time to have children, women in their twenties and early thirties are most likely to conceive. Even the fast advancing medical science cannot undo the effects aging on infertility.

What else can you do?
Visit your gynecologist annually. In addition to cancer detection, you can also protect your fertility.

Listen to your body - if you have irregular or painful menstrual cycles, your body may be trying to tell you something. Consult your doctor.

As a Male, How do I protect my Fertility?

I'm a guy; isn't this a women's issue?
It's an idiocy to consider that infertility is just a female disease. In fact, new studies show that male infertility accounts for nearly third of all diagnosed cases of infertility either as the sole cause or a contributing cause of infertility.

What can I do? Avoid Risky Behaviors STEROIDS, SMOKING AND ALCOHOL -
It's known that drugs such as steroids, cigarettes, marijuana and alcohol can negatively impact your health in many ways; and it also greatly affect your virility, leading to abnormally shaped sperm, decreased sperm motility and/or decreased sperm production.

To improve your chances of conceiving in the future, avoid drugs now.

EXPOSURE TO HEAT -
While it may sound peculiar, prolonged exposure to high heat, such as that of a hot tub, can affect your fertility by lowering sperm production. In addition, men whose occupations require long hours of sitting or who wear heat retaining clothes also experience decrease sperm production.

To protect your fertility, avoid prolonged exposure to direct heat.

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS -
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) don't just affect a women's fertility. STIs such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are a leading cause of male infertility too and often have no symptoms, and can be prevented by regular use of condoms.

If you want to improve your chances of having a baby in the future, practice safe sex now.

What Else Can You Do?
Listen to your body. If you've been exposed to an STI, see your doctor immediately. If you have an undescended testicle or loss of testicular size, swelling around your testicles, consult your doctor. Fertility is something that you should start thinking about as early as possible. Begin a dialogue about this with your doctor early.

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