Lifestyle Choices that can lead to Infertility

Lifestyle Choices that can lead to Infertility

There has been a 20% to 30% rise in infertility in the country in the last five years as estimated by some of the best IVF center in Ahmedabad. While a majority of people know their overall health has an effect on their fertility, many are not aware that a few lifestyle choices also play a role in that.

Therefore, if you have just started trying for a baby or are having trouble conceiving, you should be aware of the role your lifestyle can play in fertility. Diet, nutrition, weight, and habits like smoking and drinking alcohol can have a direct impact on your fertility. These choices affect both men and women.

Below are some of the lifestyle choices that can affect your fertility


Having a glass or two of wine might not have a large effect on your fertility, but it is always better to restrict your alcohol consumption. Heavy drinking can lead to increased risk of ovulation disorders in women and depleted sperm quantity and quality in men.


As we all already know, smoking is harmful to overall health, but many people are not fully aware of its effects on fertility. Smoking adversely affects both egg and sperm quality. According to gynecologist in Ahmedabad, it also lowers the sperm count, pregnancy rate and increases sperm DNA fragmentation, which can cause miscarriage.


Being either underweight or overweight can reduce the fertility of both men and women. Men with a high body mass index (BMI) can have a lower sperm count and decreased sperm quality. Women with a high BMI are at a higher risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and cesarean delivery.


What you eat and don’t eat can play a vital role in fertility. Women trying to conceive should avoid a high protein diet as excessive protein has been known to decrease fertility. Deficiency of Vitamin D can also reduce fertility.


Some research suggests that high caffeine intake can reduce fertility, especially in women. A cup of coffee or two a day won’t be very harmful, but it is better to avoid excessive caffeine consumption.


Staying fit by regularly exercising is an essential aspect of a healthy lifestyle. But when it comes to fertility, it can be too much of a good thing. Very vigorous and frequent physical activity can cause lower sperm count and reduced ovulation.

There are many lifestyle changes that couples can make to improve their chances of conceiving a child. Ideally, such modifications should be made when first trying to conceive, but it is never too late to make healthier choices.

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Essential Foods that are Advised to Eat During Pregnancy

Proper nutrition is vital for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As we all know that a balanced diet along with regular exercising can help us in staying fit and sustain a healthy weight. According to the best gynecologist hospital in Ahmedabad, nutrients are much more important for pregnant women to provide adequate nourishment to them and their child. A daily intake of the nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and minerals can help in adequately nourishing your body.

So as recommended by expert gynecologists at Motherhood, the best women’s hospitals in Ahmedabad, here are some foods that should be a vital part of your meal if you are pregnant:

Red fruits and vegetables

Red vegetables and fruits consist of certain photochemicals that efficiently restrain the growth of gynecological tumor cells while decreasing their responsiveness to estrogen. To reap the benefits of this wonderful nutrient, you should include red apples, red peppers, grapes, onions, and other red fruits in your diet.

Whole Grains

Having high levels of estrogen can increase the chances of developing breast diseases which are caused by the accelerated growth of cells in the mammary glands. Consuming whole grains can reduce this risk, by aiding in regulating the estrogen levels in the blood. Grains are also a great source of iodine which stimulates the hormones such as thyroid which is secreted by the pituitary gland and promotes a healthy fallopian tube and release of eggs.


Calcium-rich foods including milk and yogurt help in preventing ovarian diseases and hinder the growth of cancer cells.

Folic acid

Food products rich in folic acids like animal liver, spinach, cabbage, leeks, eggs, fish, and cereal can help in preventing and reducing the risk of developing cervical cancer.


Soy products are very useful in regulating the secretion of the endocrine glands which produces hormones that regulate the functioning of the reproductive system as well as control the body’s metabolism and growth. Milk, tofu, soya seeds, soy sauce, and other such soy-rich foods can help in regulating the estrogen levels in the body and help in maintaining a healthy reproductive system.


Anemia is a disease that affects a majority of women in the world leading to problems in the functioning of the ovaries. Including red meat, seafood, and beans along with green leafy vegetables in your everyday meal is essential to supplement natural iron intake of the body. Moreover, avoiding strong coffee or tea during the menstrual periods helps sustain the smooth absorption of iron in the body.

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High Cholesterol and Infertility, Gynaecologist in Ahmedabad can Guide You

As per the latest study, cholesterol is associated with infertility. Couples with high cholesterol experience low sex drive, hormonal imbalances and are also prone to the risk of a stroke or heart attack. That doesn’t mean you should remove cholesterol from the body.Cholesterol in the correct amount is significantly important for the proper functioning of organs. It contributes to the building of cell membranes, protects nerve fibres and secrets hormones essential for fertility.

A human body uses cholesterol to produce sex hormones such as progesterone, testosterone and sperm which are essential for reproduction. When there is a drastic increase or decrease in cholesterol levels, it affects the basic function that requires cholesterol. This severe change in cholesterol can lead to infertility and failure of IVF treatment.

Several studies were conducted at the IVF centresto study the relationship between pregnancy and high cholesterol. As per the gynaecologists, couples who were suffering from high levels of cholesterol were taking more time to conceive as compared to the couples with normal cholesterol levels. Therefore, it’s important to normalize the body’s cholesterol before trying for IVF treatment to conceive.

A recommendation that helps to regulate cholesterol levels:

To retain the normal cholesterol levels, various things can be done. It is very important to get cholesterol test regularly to undergo through the IVF treatment. Few measures that can help keep cholesterol normal:

  • Exercise regularly: Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day of the week. It circulates the blood and also keeps physically active. It is important to maintain ideal weight.
  • Eat healthy foods: Eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants. Decrease consumption of saturated fats and eliminate Trans fats which include cakes, cookies, etc. Intake soluble fibre like sprouts, apples, etc. as they are easy to digest.
  • Stop smoking: Smoking can lead to inappropriate cholesterol levels. There is a high risk of heart attack. Do not smoke for regular blood circulation and proper lung functioning.

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