How to Prevent Infertility

on Nov 10, 2012

by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

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How to Prevent Infertility

While you can't always control your infertility issues, there are a handful of things you can do to prevent infertility.

Preventing infertility is vital when struggling to conceive and many couples are unaware of how to avoid fertility disorders. The biological clock winds down both for women and men, constantly declining with age. Here are four tips if wondering how to prevent infertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Be aware of STDs

Protected sex is vital to your health and even one unprotected interlude can change your life totally, leading to illness, treatments and eventually sterility. The most common STDs related to infertility and sterility are chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea and human papillomavirus (HPV). Getting tested is important and early diagnostic and treatment for STDs can save you a lifetime of problems.

Pelvic inflammatory disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is another serious category of sexually transmitted disorders, which affect annually more than 1 million women in the United States and leads to infertility. This range of infections and inflammation can permanently scar the reproductive system, including ovaries, uterus and the fallopian tubes.

Avoid environmental toxins

Various environmental toxins may affect fertility, both for male and female, as well as the health state of the unborn baby. Avoid exposure to chemicals and choose plastic products with the recycling code 1, 2 or 5. Avoid eating fish with high levels of mercury, such as swordfish, shark, king mackerel or tilefish, since mercury can lead to miscarriage, autism and sometimes cancer. Restrict fish diet to low levels of mercury fish, such as shrimps, salmon, pollock, catfish or canned light tuna and only 12 ounces a week. Another known hormone blocker is bisphenol A (BPA), sometimes used in products such as food cans, milk container linings or dental sealants.

Don’t smoke

Stop smoking, since almost every study has stated that smoking and passive smoking seriously affect fertility!

Start reading labels to avoid Phthalates

Learn to recognize phthalates by the actual chemical name or abbreviation. Watch out for:

DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate) or DEP (diethyl phthalate) – contained by personal hygiene products, already banned in the European Union.

DEHP (stands for di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) – in PVC plastics products and medical devices.

BzBP (stands for benzylbutyl phthalate) – used in some car products, flooring and personal care products.

DMP (dimethyl phthalate) – contained in insect repellent and plastics.

The most important thing to consider when learning how to prevent infertility is to see your fertility doctor regularly and do all the necessary tests and treatments that will help you enjoy health and eventually fertility.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • stamphorse77

    I stopped taking birth control and I got my period but could I still be pregnant?

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Yes of course. Many women who have stopped taking birth control pills have conceived within 3-6 months. However for some women, it may take up to more than a year. That is because your body was used to the hormone your birth control was providing your body to prevent pregnancy and it needs time to be able to adjust to its normal hormone production. You can boost your fertility by eating right and incorporating a lot of organic, antioxidant rich foods in your diet, exercising regularly and avoiding alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.

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