Whether you are unmarried or married, whether you are currently trying to get pregnant or not, you need to have an accessible education about fertility. Having a thorough knowledge of fertility enables you to monitor your general health more closely, getting more relevant information about your reproductive window, and finally making plans to help you conceive in the future.
So, what do we exactly mean by ‘female fertility’?
Well, female fertility is generally the ability of a woman to conceive and give birth to a healthy infant.
To get a proactive mindset about fertility, let us have a look at the 5 steps below-
1. Check on those hormones
Your hormones are your fertility detectives, which help you to know about the number of eggs you have, the timing of your menopause, and many more. To know the levels of your reproductive hormones, such as Anti-Mullerian Hormone, Thyroid-stimulating hormone, estrogen, etc., a simple blood test is required to be done to gather the information that may help the doctor to make the best decisions for your fertility journey. Testing on these hormones enables you, and your doctor to have a clearer picture of your ovarian reserve, ovulation regularity, and other factors of your reproductive health so that the treatment can be done based on the information.
2. Prenatal Vitamins Intake
One of the simplest and easiest things to do while planning conception is to intake prenatal vitamins. Usually, doctors recommend taking folic acid at least one month before conception to give your body enough time to build up its main nutrient levels. However, it is highly advisable to consult your doctor before taking any medicines.
3. Avoid harmful lifestyle routines
Consuming alcohol, marijuana, and smoking cigarettes is highly forbidden as they can adversely affect the chances of conception. The tobacco and nicotine present in cigarettes can decrease the growth rate of eggs and also damage sperm. Moreover, high levels of caffeine can also decrease fertility. Therefore, if you are a high drinker of caffeine, you must cut back the caffeine intake to conceive. Apart from this, maintaining a balanced diet with moderate exercise is highly recommended to enhance the chances of fertility. In fact, women with PCOS and irregular menstrual cycles are strictly advised to exercise to increase their possibility of conceiving.
4. Know about your genetics and family medical history
Finding out answers to some questions, such as the timing of menopause of your family women, any difficulty in getting pregnant being faced by your birthing parent, any medical conditions, like thyroid or PCOS running in family, etc., can help you predict your fertility issues you might experience in the future. You can speak with your doctor accordingly and take action on a timeline or path to parenthood that aligns with your family goals.
5. Get acquainted with female fertility myths
There is a lot of inaccurate information relating to female fertility, which you need to stop believing in. For example, you cannot get pregnant at the age of 40, being on hormonal birth control can damage fertility, egg freezing will definitely bless you with a child one day and many more. However, it is advisable to seek your doctor to gain any information related to fertility instead of believing in these myths.
To recapitulate, get proactive about your fertility with the above-mentioned five steps. Therefore, go ahead and get the knowledge to have a beautiful family plan. To get more information about fertility, feel free to get in touch with our fertility expert at First Step IVF.
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