- Posted On: April 27, 2013
- Categories: Informational Articles
Dealing With Reproductive Issues
A couple that has been experiencing reproductive issues or problems becoming pregnant after an extended period of time is considered infertile. However there are several things that can be done to combat infertility and other reproductive issues.
Quit Smoking –
In addition to a host of other health issues, smoking can cause infertility and other reproductive issues. Smoking can affect how receptive the uterus is to the implantation of the egg, and raises the risks of miscarriage significantly. Smoking can also cause sperm production to decrease, as well as damage DNA.
Alcohol and Caffeine –
Both alcohol and caffeine lead reproductive issues. To increase the chances of fertility and the chances of a viable pregnancy, it is advised to restrict or cut out completely beverages with caffeine or alcohol.
Diet and Exercise –
One key to addressing reproductive issues and infertility in both men and women is diet and exercise. Eating or exercising too much or too little puts your body under stress, which can cause reproductive issues. Obesity is a significant cause in both male and female infertility, as well as other reproductive issues and reproductive health.
Ovulation and Regular Intercourse –
Typically, ovulation occurs about 14 days before the menstrual cycle. However, having regular sexual intercourse – even while not ovulating – raises the chance of pregnancy. Foregoing intercourse for 5 or more days may affect sperm count, and ovulation cycles may be unpredictable.
If the reproductive issues cannot be addressed with some of the simpler solutions, a couple may be tested for infertility and other reproductive problems. Tests include:
Interviews that cover health and reproductive history
Tests of the uterus, including a saline infusion sonogram
Tests of the fallopian tubes, including a hysterosalpingogram
Tests of the ovaries
Tests of the cervix
Learn More About Increasing Fertility
You can find out more about how women and couples are successfully increasing their chances of pregnancy at a free informational seminar, where doctors from Oregon Reproductive Medicine answer all your questions and discuss the promising treatments now available.
Our events take place across the country, and we may be visiting your city soon.