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How Environmental Factors Can Impact Fertility




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Even if you’re not yet sure if you want to have children, knowing that the option to do so is still on the table can give you peace of mind. However, learning that you have issues with fertility either before you start trying to conceive or during this process, can be upsetting news. Problems with infertility can be due to a variety of things, and usually these are medical conditions such as endometriosis or a low sperm count. However, there are circumstances where the environment you are working or living in could have impacted your fertility, including some of the lifestyle choices you might have made. Below are some of the most common environmental factors that can heighten your chances of infertility to watch out for.

Exposure to Industrial Chemicals

If you work in a chemical plant or live close by to one, you might find yourself at a higher risk of becoming infertile. Exposure to these strong industrial chemicals over an extended period can lead to workers struggling with a range of illnesses, but also difficulty conceiving. While there are steps taken to protect workers in these environments, it is worth noting you could be putting yourself at a higher risk of infertility. 

Exposure to Agricultural Chemicals

Pesticides and other agricultural chemicals used for farming can also pose a greater risk of infertility for those who are exposed to it. You’re more likely to have issues if you work directly with these chemicals, but again, living very near a farm that uses these regularly can also be risky for you. 

Lifestyle Factors

While it’s good to be aware of the risks involved with the above, you should also consider a lot of your lifestyle if you’re worried about infertility, too. Smoking tobacco and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can affect an individual’s fertility, as well as risk a variety of other serious diseases. For men, sitting down for long periods can affect sperm production, as can spending a long time in a hot bath. While enjoying a relaxing soak is OK, be wary of the water temperature as this can be what affects your sperm production. 

Obesity can also affect a person’s fertility, so a healthy diet should be maintained for this reason as well as other health factors. If you have high blood pressure you might also find that it is harder to conceive, and certain treatments or medications might also put you at a higher risk of infertility which is something you need to discuss with your doctor.

What Can You Do?

While you might not be able to completely avoid all of the above, try to think about how you can reduce your exposure to them to lower the risk of infertility. However, if for one of these reasons or another healthcare condition, you find that you are struggling to conceive, there are options for you. Visit a fertility specialist to discuss your options to help you start a family when you’re ready to do so.

If you’re concerned over the risks of infertility, consider these environmental and lifestyle factors that can impact this, and try to make some choices to avoid these.

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