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Top 6 Things You Should Avoid if You Want to Conceive – Naturally or through IVF Methods

While most couples know what they should do to improve the odds of conceiving, many are not aware of what they shouldn’t. Studies have shown that many of our daily habits can have a detrimental effect on our reproductive health.

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With a lot of reading material available online, we now have quite a good picture of what is required to have a successful pregnancy. So, if you are someone trying to conceive, the following things should be avoided to increase your chances of pregnancy.

1. Smoking

All IVF specialists recommend their patients to quit smoking. Research has shown that smoking accelerates the aging process of the ovarian follicles. This, in turn, can cause early menopause and increase the risk of infertility. Even in men, smoking has a negative impact on fertility as it can lead to decreased sperm count and sperm motility.

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2. Too Much Caffeine

While caffeine acts as an energy booster for many, too much of it can have a negative effect on one’s reproductive health. Those trying to conceive should try cutting down on their caffeine intake, which is found in coffee, tea, hot chocolate, energy drinks, and certain sodas.

3. Excessive Alcohol Consumption

While it is unclear exactly how alcohol affects fertility and various fertility clinics have been debating on this issue, various studies show that consuming more than two drinks a day increases the time it takes to conceive. There is also research that suggests heavy alcohol use can diminish the egg and sperm reserve in the body.

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4. Sedentary Lifestyle

One of the most common recommendations made by fertility doctors is to have an active lifestyle. There’s documented evidence that women who do regular moderate exercises conceive relatively faster than those who don’t or those who exercise in excess.

5. Unhealthy Diet

Studies have shown that women with irregular menstrual cycles benefit from decreasing their intake of processed foods. There’s also good evidence correlating low vegetable diet and high fast-food consumption with increased time in getting pregnant.

6. Chronic Stress

As per leading specialists of ART Fertility Clinics, “being under stressed, especially for a prolonged period of time, can lead to hormonal imbalance that can impact ovulation and fertility”. While it may not be possible to completely avoid the above-mentioned things, reducing their frequency will also make a big difference in improving one’s reproductive health. ART Fertility Clinics is a renowned brand for infertility treatments UAE and runs three state-of-the-art fertility clinics Middle East – Fertility clinic Abu Dhabi and Fertility clinic Dubai in UAE and Fertility clinic Muscat in Oman. The institution is at the forefront of medical advancements in the field of Reproductive Medicine and has been delivering the highest success rate of over 70% in the region.

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