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How to protect your fertility

Published 09/02/2012 | 06:00

QUIT SMOKING

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Women who smoke can experience menopause on average two years earlier. Smoking also constricts blood vessels, including those that feed the ovaries, which accelerates the loss of eggs.

KEEP FIT

Being overweight or underweight can lower a woman's chances of conceiving. One cause of infertility is polycystic ovarian syndrome, made worse by being overweight or obese.

CONTROL ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

Drinking over the recommended daily alcohol limit can damage fertility for women.

Avoid STIs

Sexually transmitted infections can cause scarring in reproductive organs, blocking fallopian tubes.

GET HEALTH CHECK-UPS

Undiagnosed or untreated medical problems such as diabetes, thyroiddisease or polycystic ovarian syndrome can cause infertility.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

Alternative or complementary therapies such as acupuncture, homeopathy and massage can also be used as a means of boosting fertility in both men and women, and as a means of improving physical and emotional health.

KEEP COOL

Keep testicles cool. A man's testes should be one or two degrees cooler than the rest of his body. Tight underwear, hot showers and hot baths all raise testes temperature.

CONTROL ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

Drinking over the recommended daily alcohol limit can damage fertility for men.

QUIT SMOKING

Men who smoke risk damaging their sperm.

AVOID EXPOSURE TO CHEMICALS and radiation

Exposure to radiation and chemicals such as glycol ester, found in some paints, can damage fertility.

Irish Independent

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