Monthly Archives: March 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 1 in 10 women between the ages of 15 and 44 have an impaired ability to get pregnant. They also report that 6 percent of all married women are infertile. Americans spend $3-5 billion annually on fertility treatments according to some estimates. Infertility rates are declining among Americans, however. Although 6 percent of American women today are infertile, that’s much lower than 1982 when that number hovered around 8.5 percent.
Despite its slowly declining rate of incidence, infertility remains a huge, costly problem in the U.S. What can be done to fix it? Lots of things. Here are a few.
Stop drinking soda. Women who drink two or more servings of any type of soda (yes, this includes diet sodas) are about 16 percent less fertile than those who don’t.
Get some sleep. According to some studies, women that are undergoing IVF treatments see the best results when they are on a sleep regiment that allows for seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
Brush your teeth. While gum disease might seem insignificant, its presence can add an extra two months to the time it takes to becomes pregnant.
Exercise in moderation. It turns out that vigorous exercise five hours a week can make a woman 42 percent less likely to get pregnant than those who only exercise in moderation.
Watch less T.V. A study by Harvard University found that men who watch 20 or more hours a week of television have a lower sperm count by 44 percent than those who watch little or none.
Manage your anxiety. It’s simple: if you are too stressed, you will stop ovulating.
Give up gluten. Recently, Columbia University conducted a study that suggested 6 percent of infertile women have celiac disease, which causes their bodies to produce antibodies that may interfere with placenta development. Those in the study that went on to eat a gluten-free diet were able to conceive within a year.
Lose weight. Men who are overweight or obese are more likely to have lower sperm counts and concentrations.
Quit smoking. If you needed yet another reason to quit, smoking leads to lower sperm quality.
Of course, sometimes these steps aren’t enough and formal medical assistance may be required. Health Concerns formulas and educational resources that can help address both male and female infertility issues. Explore the links below for more information: