Approximately 10% of couples who try to conceive will experience infertility problems. If you are one of these couples, you understand the disappointment and frustration that comes with each negative pregnancy test. The Pearson Foundation of Hawaii in Honolulu aims to help people overcome these challenges so they can start the family they’ve always wished for.
Their team of reproductive specialists has provided four risk factors for infertility, so you and your partner can improve your chances for a healthy baby:
1. High or Low Body Fat
Sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone, are stored in the body’s fat cells. This means a high or low BMI can affect fertility by altering or even stopping ovulation. If no egg is released or it’s unpredictable, your chances of getting pregnant will decrease.
2. Chronic Health Conditions
Many chronic health conditions carry risk factors for infertility. For example: diabetes causes a patient’s weight to fluctuate, thyroid disorders can prevent ovulation making it impossible to fertilize an egg, and other diseases such as lupus, arthritis, or hypertension,(and/or their medications), can lead to infertility.
3. Lifestyle Habits
Smoking, illicit drugs, and heavy alcohol consumption affect fertility in both men and women. These habits lower sperm count in males and compromise the viability of a woman’s egg. In fact, some studies have shown a correlation between parents’ negative lifestyle choices and their children’s infertility.
Fertility naturally declines as you age due to lessening amounts of reproductive hormones. Males see a dramatic decrease in testosterone, which lowers sperm production and makes it difficult to fertilize an egg. Women see a 30% drop in fertility between their twenties and late thirties. Finally, females have a finite number of eggs to be released during their reproductive years.
Body fat, smoking, alcohol, age, and underlying health problems can significantly increase your risk of infertility. Prenatal self-care will improve your chances of successes and promote a healthy pregnancy. The Pearson Foundation of Hawaii can help you overcome any pregnancy hurdles you face. Schedule a consultation by calling (808) 942-0328 or visiting the website for additional information.