While the most common causes of infertility in women are usually anatomical problems such as endometriosis, infertility can also be due to your lifestyle. Below are some non-medical causes of infertility that you should be aware of before consulting with your doctor about fertility treatments:
It is common knowledge that one cause of infertility in women is age. As a woman grows older, her chances of getting pregnant become slimmer. According to a recent study conducted by the University of St. Andrews and Edinburgh University, a woman is left with only 10% of her healthy eggs when she reaches 30 years old. Women are most fertile when they are in their early to mid-20s. When they are in their early 30s, the probability of female infertility starts to rise. This largely increases after their 35th?birthday.
Did you know that one of the causes of infertility is being at an unhealthy weight? Being too fat or too thin affects a woman?s estrogen production. Obesity causes excessive estrogen production. On the other hand, being underweight causes women to produce too little estrogen. Both of these cause irregularity in a woman?s menstrual cycle and affect her ability to ovulate.
Studies show a close link between smoking and infertility in women. Smoking half a pack or more a day can cause premature ovarian aging, damage eggs, and create cervical changes.
A woman who is trying to get pregnant is strongly advised to refrain from drinking alcohol. Large consumptions of alcohol per day can cause hormonal imbalances which affect ovulation. Though there is not much evidence of light to moderate alcohol consumption affecting fertility, there are studies that show that it may cause hormonal imbalances.
Substance abuse also accounts for fertility problems in women. A woman who is hooked on drugs (marijuana, cocaine, or some other recreational drug) will experience ovulatory dysfunction, irregular periods, and a reduction in the number of healthy egg cells.
Changing certain aspects of your lifestyle may certainly help increase your chances of becoming pregnant but it doesn’t guarantee it. Being knowledgeable about the common causes of infertility in women is also important if you’re trying to get pregnant and not succeeding. The more information you have, the better you’ll be able to understand your options and make the right choice for you.