Fertility and lifestyle

Involuntary childlessness is often a combination of various factors. These can be both environmental and physical causes. From the first consultation and in subsequent treatments, our doctors advise you in detail about the various effects. In addition, we also explain to you what you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Below you will find an overview of the most known lifestyle factors that influence pregnancy.

Body weight - both overweight and underweight can reduce fertility

Both overweight and underweight can affect fertility and the chance of becoming pregnant. This applies equally to both men and women. In the cells of the abdominal fat, the majority of the male sex hormone, testosterone, is converted into the female estrogen due to cell metabolism. In women who suffer from weight problems, respectively an over- or under-production of estrogen leads to an imbalance in the hormonal balance and thus reduces fertility. In obese men, too much testosterone is converted to estrogen. This affects sperm quality. Being underweight has the same negative effect on potency. Depending on the starting weight, the an increase in weight or a weight loss increase fertility in both sexes. However, this must be implemented carefully and slowly.

Fertility and diet go hand in hand

A pregnancy is a huge effort and change for the body. The female body is naturally prepared to undergo this strain. However, a healthy body is stronger and more resistant and thus even better equipped for a pregnancy. Together with sufficient exercise and sleep, the diet forms the basis of your health. Everything you add through the diet is transformed and is part of metabolic and cell division processes.

Especially when you want to get pregnant, you must make sure you have a healthy and varied diet. If the body is not supplied with all the necessary nutrients, this can affect fertility. Studies have shown that unhealthy diet can increase the risk of infertility.

Folic acid: pregnancy – important for the formation of hormones

For the production of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and the female sex hormones, estrogen or progesterone, the body needs plenty of vitamin B. Folic acid also belongs to this group. Natural folic acid occurs, for example, in leafy vegetables or eggs.

However, the concentration is very low, and the vitamins break down very easily as soon as they come into contact with water. Therefore, women who wish to become pregnant are recommended to consume artificially produced folic acid already prior to a possible pregnancy. In addition, the vitamin is crucial for cell division and supports the fetus’s first, important cell division processes after fertilization.

Do something good for your body when you want to get pregnant

  • Regular exercise: Regular walks and light exercise strengthen the immune system and the body.

  • Plenty of fluids and a varied diet are essential for a healthy body.

  • Calm and relaxation: Give your body time to relax. Precisely in these phases, it gathers strength for physical loads. This also includes a balanced sleep pattern.


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