Author: Stephen Frausto, M.D., FACOG
It’s often the case that I see patients once they have already come to believe they have a fertility problem. (I say, “come to believe,” because, in many cases, infertility isn’t actually the problem. Rather, it’s just a matter of timing or frequency!)
While there’s oftentimes something to be done for infertility, the best medicine for any health condition is preventive medicine. By taking proper precautions and adopting healthy behaviors early on, you may avoid infertility problems later in life when you want to become pregnant. Of course, it’s important to add a disclaimer to that statement: many causes of infertility are unknown. And for some health issues that affect fertility – like endometriosis – there are few or no verified preventive measures.
Prevent Infertility With These Tips
- Exercise regularly.
- Quit smoking.
- No alcohol or drugs.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Tell your doctor that you’re trying to become pregnant – especially if you’re taking prescription medications. Some drugs may inhibit your ability to become pregnant, which your physician may have not considered if you did not tell him or her of your intent.
- Caffeine consumption may make it more difficult to become pregnant. Consider cutting back on coffee and soda.
- Find healthy ways to cope with stress.
There are things that men can do, as well, to prevent male infertility. Talk to your gynecologist at Arizona Associates for Women’s Health in Mesa or Tempe to learn more about how you can take charge of your fertility.
Schedule An Appointment With a Mesa/Tempe OB/GYN
Are you having difficulty becoming pregnant? See this page for information about how many months of unprotected sex you should attempt before seeking fertility care. You can also use this brief online questionnaire to have someone from Arizona Associates for Women’s Health contact you. To schedule an appointment, call 480-257-2700, or schedule online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.