Knowing how to stay fertile will help you avoid future fertility problems! Here are five ways to stay fertile for a future pregnancy, from The Mother of All Pregnancy Books by Ann Douglas.
“The message from the obstetrical community is clear: if having children is important to you, you should give serious thought to starting your family sooner rather than later,” writes Douglas. “While there are some things you can do to increase your odds of conception when the moment of truth arises, unlike a fine wine, your fertility does not improve with age.”
The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: The Ultimate Guide to Conception, Birth, and Everything In Between is an excellent resource for women trying to get pregnant, pregnant women, and women who hope to get pregnant one day.
And, here are tips for staying fertile…
5 Ways to Stay Fertile for Future Pregnancies
Find out about fertility problems in your family. If my husband and I had known more about our family histories of fertility issues, we might have started trying to get pregnant much earlier in the game! Knowing about your reproductive obstacles is the first step to staying fertile and overcoming fertility problems. Talk to your female relatives about endometriosis, uterine fibroids, early menopause, menstrual irregularities, or problems getting pregnant. Talk to you male relatives about sperm health problems, general health issues, or problems getting pregnant. The sooner you learn about the possible fertility problems, the sooner you can start coping with infertility.
Choose a fertility-enhancing birth control method. “Most experts agree that the birth control pill is a good choice because it changes the consistency of your cervical mucus, thereby reducing the likelihood that bacteria will get into the uterus and tubes,” writes Douglas in The Mother of All Pregnancy Books. “Pill use has been proven to prevent ovarian cysts, arrest the progression of endometriosis, decrease the incidence of ovarian and uterine cancer, and restore a normal hormonal imbalance in women who don’t ovulate.” The pill may be one way to stay fertile – but the intrauterine device (IUD) isn’t. This method of preventing pregnancy has been linked to increased incidence of pelvic inflammatory disease, which is a major cause of infertility in women.
Be careful who you’re intimate with. Sexually transmitted diseases can cause future fertility problems, including sterility. Limit your number of intimate partners, be monogamous, or wait until you’re married before you are intimate. This is an old-fashioned notion, I know, but it’s one of the best ways to protect your fertility and health! Douglas encourages the use of condoms and spermicides, because spermicides can help ward off viruses like HIV.
Get tested regularly. If you are intimate with different partners, get tested regularly for Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, human papilloma virus (HPV), herpes, HIV, and hepatitis B and C. “These diseases can cause infertility by either contaminating the pelvic cavity or altering your body’s immunological defenses, something that can trigger pelvic inflammatory disease,” writes Douglas in The Mother of All Pregnancy Books. “And of course, the last four (STDs) could lead to some very serious health problems for both you and your baby-to-be.”
Encourage your partner to stay fertile and protect his fertility. Cycling for long distances, using laptops on laps, smoking, drug use, poor lifestyle choices, exposure to environmental toxins, steroid use, and certain prescription medications can lead to poor sperm health and cause future fertility problems. If you’re in a relationship, encourage your partner to keep his sperm healthy!
To learn more about staying fertile and avoiding fertility problems, read Fertility Tips – 10 Ways to Increase Male and Female Fertility.
And if you have any fertility tips or questions, please comment below…