Male and female infertility is caused by a lot of genetic, medical, and lifestyle problems. While we cannot prevent genetics and medical conditions from playing their part in leading a person to infertility (though even some of them can be cured once diagnosed), we surely can mend our lifestyle habits that can make us infertile.
Habits leading to Male and Female Infertility
Personal habits and lifestyle choices are the villains in most cases of male and female infertility. They impact health and limit the ability to conceive. Bad food habits, no physical activity, usage of tobacco and alcohol, and other habits and activities eventually lead to infertility. Some of these habits are specific to each gender and some are common for both men and women.
Let’s have a look at the various habits that led to male and female infertility:
The wrong choice in food and unhealthy eating patterns right from childhood are the number one cause of infertility. Lots of junk food, low quantities of fruits and vegetables, processed grains, soft drinks, high saturated fats, high calorie foods, high dose of caffeine intake, too much of white sugar, and less amount of water combined with eating at the wrong time or without any regular pattern through the years can make both men and women infertile in the long run. The body becomes a hostile environment where no life wants to survive.
Obesity is one of the main reasons for infertility in men and women. A passive lifestyle with no physical activity combined with unhealthy diet, leads to complications in reproduction. While obesity in men affects sperm count and sperm motility, overweight women face problems like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Exercise is not just for fat people. Even the skinny ones need to develop their muscles and strength to remain fertile. It is found in studies that overly thin women have low levels of Leptin hormones that result in irregular menstrual cycle leading to difficulty in conceiving. Underweight men also will have problems with sperm count and other issues.
Too much of exercise also is dangerous. Even high-intensity sports training for continued periods can also develop fertility related problems in men and women.
Tobacco consumption of any kind can lead to male and female infertility. Even second-hand smoking is detrimental. Smoking results in hormone imbalances affecting the quality and quantity of the reproductive cells of both genders.
Consuming alcohol in high doses for a long time decreases the chances of the ability to reproduce. Drinking men and women face the same problems though the biological impacts are different. Alcohol actually kills the sperms and prevents the production of healthy ovum, both causing infertility.
Prolonged use of drugs definitely takes you the wrong way. The effects are both physical and mental. Inability to perform sexually is one of the outcomes of drug addiction followed by an abrupt decrease in sperm count.
Irregular sleep patterns can affect general health leading to fertility related issues. It can also create tension and stress which also result in hormonal disorders and other related problems.
Men and women who are careless about individual hygiene are more prone to infertility than those who take care of their bodies properly. Infections of the vagina that are left untreated, wearing tight and unclean underwear for prolonged periods, gum diseases that are not taken care of, etc. can affect a person’s fertility.