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Will overweight affect your ability to get pregnant?

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Failing to conceive is a rising concern amongst the couples all over the world. It is not clear whether the figures are so baffling everywhere yet studies show that every one couple in seven couples in the USA needs to seek medical aid in this case. A major misconception amongst most people is that it is only the woman who needs to be treated to solve infertility problems. Nothing could be farther than truth. Statistics show that both men and women equally need to be treated for infertility and in some rare cases it is difficult to actually find out the real cause of infertility. It is most important to get in touch with a specialist who can explain exactly what the cause of infertility in your case is.[...]

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About 14% of couples in the USA are found to have problems in conceiving. If a couple tries for one year or more to get pregnant and does not succeed, they can be considered having fertility problem. The general belief that only women have infertility problem is not true. Statistics show that 32% of the failure in conception is due to problems in men, 25% in women, 17% a combination of problems in both and the rest for unknown reasons. A couple who does not conceive within one year of attempt must see the doctor. The time recommended for those who are over 35 is six months. Some common reasons for infertility in men and their remedies are explained below.

Obstruction in the reproductive tract

A small number of men have blockages in the ejaculatory duct which prevents the sperms joining the ejaculate fluid. They may be producing sperms in the testes but the sperms are obstructed from going out through the penis due to urinary track infection, injury, scarring by sexually transmitted diseases, anatomical defects or vasectomy. There are no external symptoms for obstruction. Surgery to remove the obstruction or to reverse vasectomy is the remedy. 80 to 90% success is found in this surgery and about half the couples are found to conceive within one or two years.[...]

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You need to take concern over your health to become a prospective father since lifestyle very much affects your potency. Once you are aware of the hidden threats that affect your fertility, it is easy to avoid them and you can take enough precaution against the problems that are facing against you. Here is a list of problems that could affect your potency.

Beware of heat

Testicles need to remain cool to produce the best quality sperm and it is ideal to have 34.5 to 36 degree Celsius; that is 1 to 2.5 degrees cooler than normal body temperature. You are in high risk group if you are working in a hot environment or if you are sitting in a particular place for a long period of time and it will lead to an increase in testicular temperature which in turn result in diminishing semen quality or sperm count. Driving for a long time and using your laptop in your lap also is found to have resulted in increased scrotal temperature. A recent study has revealed that electric blankets and heated waterbeds create more problems to your potency than Jacuzzis and hot baths.[...]

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What is Endometriosis?

Endometrium or Endometrial tissue is the layer you find inside your uterus or womb. Endometriosis is a condition where this tissue starts to grow outside your uterus, onto the other reproductive organs like the ovaries and the fallopian tubes blocking their functions. In some cases, it may even grow onto the intestines, rectum or bladder. Only a lucky few with such condition have little or no discomfort from such a condition. Most of the women having endometriosis suffer from excruciating pain especially before or during the menstrual cycle. The pain starts to subside only after one move into menopause.

What actually happens from endometriosis is that hormone changes cause the tissue to swell and then break down causing bleeding. Since this occurs outside the uterus, the blood gets trapped which in turn leads to other medical conditions like growth of cysts, lesions or scar tissues. It may also lead to thickening of the uterus. [...]

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Of late, it is very common in Europe for couples to have children late in their lives. National Statistics for England and Wales report that from 1980s the percentage of women who are giving birth to children after the age of 30 has increased considerably and the percentage of women under 30 giving birth have come down much. There are several reasons for this. Some of the couples are giving low priority for having babies compared to what used to be earlier. Some find it more difficult to have children while they go for higher studies or develop careers. For some others, the pressures of financial difficulties keep them in the job market for long. Another group who is ready to have children is unable to find suitable partners who are prepared to have children at a younger age. The availability of a variety of very effective contraceptives plays a part in having children late in life and keeping the family size small.

The people who are waiting to develop a good career and clear their debts face a big problem when they start thinking of having children. For most of the people aged beyond 30 it is not easy to have children. The most productive period for women is between the ages of 20 and 24. By the age of 30, infertility sets in for women and the chances of getting pregnant decline very sharply. In men fertility declines by the age, but it remains longer and the decline is much slower.[...]

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Earlier it used to be thought that obesity only affected the fertilization cycle of women who had irregular menstrual cycles. But it is not so. Recent studies have shown that even women with regular menstrual cycles are equally affected. The bottom line is, no matter what, obesity or being overweight affects fertilization and the risk of infertility increases with the degree of obesity. However, the only solution to this problem is to follow a strict weight loss and exercise program. Even a modest weight loss of 10-20 percent will help in regulating your menstrual cycle. This will help in getting your ovulation cycle started as well as improve the probability of getting pregnant.

If it is your first pregnancy, and if you are overweight, the chance of you conceiving during each cycle is reduced by 8 percent and 18 percent if you are obese. And if it is not, then these figures are likely to go up to 16 percent if you are overweight and 34 percent if you are obese.[...]

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How body fat affects ovulation?

The hormones from the brain to the pituitary gland are carried through the body fat. When the fat level in the body is too low this flow is disrupted. Then the pituitary gland becomes unable to send signals to the ovaries to release the eggs. Thus the ovaries do not release the egg into the fallopian tube even though you have plenty of them in the ovaries. When the sperm reaches the fallopian tube, there is no egg there to be fertilized and consequently no pregnancy.[...]

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