Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Is modern lifestyle the ground for the rising cases of infertility among women ??

Have you ever thought why few decades back, a childless couple was hard to find? I would like to shed some light on factors other than the natural or medical reasons due to which women fail to reproduce. The new sedentary lifestyle changes have not only increased diseases like diabetes, Blood Pressure and cholesterol, but it has also created a new menace - infertility. Stress, age, poor diet, sexually transmitted infections, medications, abortions, alcoholism, smoking and drug use adversely affects fertility in women.

  1. Medications may impact fertility. Some medications and steroids prescribed to treat asthma , BP and thyroids have found to upset the normal ovulation pattern in women.

  2. Alcoholism, smoking and drug use in women can also cause ovulation disturbances and endometriosis often resulting in infertility. Smoking can not only block the cervix and fallopian tubes but also cause premature aging of uterus, resulting in early menopause and sometimes miscarriages.http://bangaloreivf.blogspot.ae/2014/08/early-diagnosis-of-endometriosis-for.htmlhttp://bangaloreivf.blogspot.ae/2014/08/blocked-or-damaged-fallopian-tubes-can.html
  3. Intake of a healthy and nutritious diet will go a long way in enhancing fertility. Zero figure is the fad of the day and lot of women are exercising and dieting vigorously for achieving this goal. But being both underweight and obese can impair fertility.http://bangaloreivf.blogspot.ae/2014/10/too-much-gym-reduces-chances-of-having.html
  4. Age is also a deciding factor in pregnancy. Women are born with a fixed number of eggs. As the years pass, the number and quality of the eggs diminish and eventually gets depleted. So chances of conceiving will keep going down after the age of 30 and will considerably reduce after the age of 40. The trend of late marriages and postponing pregnancy for a long period, even after marriage is one of the major causes of infertility.http://bangaloreivf.blogspot.ae/2014/08/why-do-women-end-up-having-poor-quality.html
  5. Too much stress while trying very hard for the pregnancy itself can cause  
    infertility problems. Though the exact connection between stress and   
    infertility is not proved, studies show there is definitely a link. So avoid
  6. MTP or medically terminated pregnancy is usually safe, but can          sometimes cause complications like infections leading to blockage of        fallopian tubes resulting in infertility.         http://bangaloreivf.blogspot.ae/2014/08/blocked-or-damaged-fallopian-tubes-can.html
  7. Sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause       infection in fallopina tubes and uterus permanently damaging them. Safe sex practice and sex with single partner is strictly advised to avoid infertility  issues.

So if few life style changes are made, the trauma undergone by many of the childless couples can be avoided. Exercise regularly in moderation, take a healthy diet and practice some relaxing hobbies like painting, music or yoga. 

Dr. Anita Mani
Infertility& Surrogacy Specialist at Gift IVF Centre


Dr. Anita Mani is a renowned infertility specialist in south India with 15 years experience in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). Dr. Anita has successfully set up ART hospitals in Cochin and Bangalore,  along with her spouse  Dr. S Mani, who specialises in surrogacy. She completed MRCOG, from Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist  London, DFFP from  ART Warwick university and  worked in UK for 5 years. Dr. Anitha believes in scientific and ethical practice and is currently the director of Gift Gyno IVF centre Cochin and  Bangalore.  Apart from advanced laparoscopic surgeries, she is also an expert in various ART techniques including IVF, IUI, ICSI , donor egg / sperm  and surrogacy. Her proficiency is in genetic abnormalities and high risk pregnancies.

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