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8 Surprising Factors that Could Affect Your Fertility

March 10, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

8 Surprising Factors that Could Affect Your Fertility.

With so many families struggling with Fertility, I wanted to share with you 8 surprising things that can impact fertility. 

While some factors like age and genetics cannot be changed, there are many other things that may be affecting your fertility without you even realising it! With so many of my clients, friends & family struggling with fertility, some of these easy fixes came as a surprise.

Before we dive in, I just wanted to offer a quick friendly reminder that while this blog post provides helpful information, it's always a good idea to talk to your doctor if you're having fertility issues. This blog post is meant to be helpful and informative but it's definitely not a substitute for medical advice. 

Okay, now let's get started! 

1. Stress:

Turns out that the daily stressors of adulting can actually impact your fertility. Stress can mess with ovulation, disrupt the menstrual cycle, and even decrease sperm count in men. 

Think about finding fun ways to reduce your stress levels, such as meditation, yoga,  walking in nature or having a catch up with a friend. 

According to a study, women with high levels of alpha-amylase, a biomarker for stress, were found to have a lower chance of getting pregnant compared to women with lower levels of the biomarker (Lynch et al., 2014).


2. Lack of Sleep:

Getting enough sleep is essential for your overall health, and it also plays a significant role in fertility. Lack of sleep can disrupt hormonal balance, decrease sperm count, and even cause irregular periods. 

A 2022 study found that women who slept for less than six hours per night had a higher risk of infertility compared to women who slept for seven to eight hours per night (Poli et al., 2018). 

If you’re struggling to get enough sleep right now due to maybe having a new baby or your work schedule, maybe try having no screens in the bedroom, using a guided meditation & no caffeine after 3pm.


3. Poor Diet: 

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is crucial for your fertility. Foods that are high in processed sugars and unhealthy fats can interfere with hormonal balance and decrease sperm count. We tend to snack on the wrong things if they are in the pantry, so try not to buy biscuits, snack food & soft drinks. Instead, try and seek out a local crowd who make clean snacks or whip up some bliss balls to snack on.

Many grocery stores now also offer pre-chopped or pre-washed produce fresh produce options that make healthy eating even easier! 


4. Environmental Toxins:

Turns out, the environment we live in is full of toxins that can mess with our baby-making abilities, apart from our overall health.

From nasty pesticides to harmful phthalates, these sneaky little devils can affect both men and women. But hey, don't sweat it! Just opt for organic produce, natural cleaning products, and say goodbye to those plastic containers with BPA. Easy peasy, right?

We have been on a journey to cut out these environmental toxins since our daughter was born & is a rabbit hole that is very deep. My advice is to start with the things you can change & educate yourself as you go along the journey. From what we put on our skin, in our home environment, to what is in and on our food. 

We love going to the local markets to pick up fresh organic produce & only use Bi-Carb & Vinegar for our cleaning. We stopped using perfumes & fragranced products & swapped them for good quality essential oils. My biggest tip is to read the labels! 

You can read more on this study here, it’s quite interesting! 

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5. Alcohol:

While moderate alcohol consumption is generally considered safe, heavy drinking can have a significant impact on fertility. Heavy alcohol consumption can decrease sperm count, disrupt hormonal balance, and increase the risk of miscarriage. 



6. Over-Exercising:

Sure, exercise is great for your overall health, but did you know that too much of it can actually be harmful to your fertility? Over-exercising can mess with your hormonal balance, decrease sperm count, and even cause irregular periods in women. So, don't go overboard with your fitness routine. Aim for a moderate exercise routine that includes a mix of cardio and strength training. 


7. Poor dental health: 

This one came as a surprise to me! As if we didn’t have enough reasons to go to the dentist regularly, now we can add “helping with fertility” to the list! 

Poor dental health and gum disease have been linked to fertility problems in both men and women. Bacteria from gum disease can enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation, which can affect fertility. 


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8. Vitamin D deficiency:

This sunshine vitamin is a big player with fertility, regulating hormone levels and making sure those little eggs and swimmers develop healthily. If you're lacking in vitamin D, your fertility might suffer! 

So, get out there and soak up some sun or take a supplement. 


Fertility is a complex issue, and there are many factors that can impact your ability to conceive. By being aware of these 8 lesser known things that can affect your fertility, you can take steps to improve your chances of getting pregnant.

Wishing you good luck in your fertility journey x

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