Sexual & Reproductive Health Awareness Day

Sexual & Reproductive Health Awareness Day

*Contributor Bio: Carla Sandy, MD is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist (OB/GYN) that practices in Washington, DC, United States. She is Chair of the Department of OB/GYN in the District of Columbia and Suburban Maryland service area in the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. She is also President of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia. In her spare time, she loves to travel and cook.

Guest Contributor: Carla Sandy, MD is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist (OB/GYN) that practices in Washington, DC, United States. She is Chair of the Department of OB/GYN in the District of Columbia and Suburban Maryland service area in the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. She is also President of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia. In her spare time, she loves to travel and cook.

 

Let’s talk about fertility! Fertility is the ability to conceive and to eventually have a baby and in order for this process to take place, you need to consider your reproductive health. Let’s face it – it’s one of those things that most women don’t think about until the appointed time, more specifically when family planning is involved.They figure that the ability will be there waiting for them if and when they are ready for this very pivotal moment in life. When observing the media, there seems to me an increasing number of celebrity women having babies all the time in their late 40’s without hearing of risks or complications and moreover, they look great right after delivery – hence the term, “yummy mommy”.

Now for the dose of reality, the ability to conceive is related very closely to a woman’s age. Women are actually born with all the eggs that they will ever have. As we age, our eggs get older with us. By the time a woman is in her early 40’s, her ability to get pregnant is half of what it was in her 20’s but all is not doom and gloom. There are several options that are available to improve fertility.

What can you do to improve your fertility?

1) Maintain a healthy weight

Exercise

Exercising and eating a balanced diet will promote a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese decreases fertility and a woman’s chance of conceiving.

 

2) Eat healthy

Healthy Diet

2) Eat a well-balanced diet. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, grains and healthy protein will provide you with the nutrition your body needs.

 

3) Reduce stress

Stress affects the body in many different ways, but one way is that it decreases the ability to conceive. Stress can be managed in several ways such as through meditation or massage.

 

4) Get enough sleep

Get Plenty of Rest

Sleep is extremely important as it allows the body to reset. Melatonin, which is a natural sleep hormone that exists within our body is released in our blood stream during the sleep cycle. Having the presence of melatonin increases the ability to conceive.

 

5) Monitor your menstrual cycle

Monitor Your Cycle

Pay attention to your menstrual cycles. A heavy cycle or prolonged period can indicate other problems such as fibroids. Fibroids are growths in the wall of the uterus that cause the uterus to increase in size and can interfere with getting pregnant. If you are having prolonged or heavy menses, visit your doctor for evaluation.

 

6) Quit smoking

Quit Smoking

Stop smoking. Smoking is very detrimental on fertility. Smoking will reduce your chances of conceiving by half. Up to 30% of women in their child-bearing years smoke. Smoking introduces chemicals to the body that decrease the number of eggs and how well they work.

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Comments (1)

  1. Reply RGR

    Very enlightening article and positive too.

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