These factors seriously can affect your fertility.

Have you been the victim of an April Fool’s joke today? Have no fear, we will not be pranking you.

Often we meet with patients who are flabbergasted when they learn they have fertility problems. Seemingly, they have done everything right in their lives to keep themselves healthy, so what’s their problem?

Fertility light
Obsessed with exercising, dieting and a low body weight? This might be a factor for women trying to conceive. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine website, low body weight in women accounts for 6% of primary infertility. The reproductive cycle turns down and eventually shuts down as their body weight decreases and periods cease. Slender women also experience vaginal dryness and loss of sex drive.

The good news is that it probably will be relatively easy for underweight women to gain weight and restore their fertility, usually within six months, if this is the main reason they are not conceiving.

Staying too connected
We all want to stay connected and modern technology is allowing us to do that with cellphones and portable laptops. But those modern features may not be so good for men’s sperm. Recent research has demonstrated that radio-frequency electromagnetic waves emitted from cell phones can damage sperm’s viability and ability to swim. Plus when guys place their laptops on – you guessed it – their laps, this raises scrotal temperature, which also can have an affect on their swimmers.

The remedies are relatively simple and focus on keeping those devices away from their private areas.

Watch what you drink
Watching what you drink may help improve your fertility, and, we’re not just referring to alcohol intake. Moderation is the key because the jury is still out on the conclusiveness of the research. But our recommendation is to try not to excessively drink either alcohol or caffeinated drinks. When you get pregnant, you’ll want to completely stop drinking alcohol and moderate drinking the cups of Joe, so this will be good practice.

Infertility is a medical condition
Many fertility problems are not preventable, no matter what you do. Thirty to forty percent of infertility is due to a male factor, such as low sperm count or problems with transporting sperm. Most likely, men were born this way if they have those conditions. There are a myriad of conditions that affect female infertility, including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, fibroids and other medical diagnoses. There is nothing you can do to prevent these factors, but you can seek medical diagnosis and treatment to mitigate them and their influence on your fertility.