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Does His Stress Level Affect My Chances Of Getting Pregnant
Yes: Stress can cause men's testosterone to decrease and therefore can have an indirect effect on sperm counts. Stress increases the level of reactive oxygen species in the semen and this can hurt sperm. Stress also often indicates poor lifestyle choices; loss of sleep, bad nutrition and other factors that can harm sperm. Have your partner get a semen analysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
Possibly: Obesity is a factor in infertility, meaning that having a high BMI can make it hard to get pregnant. Talk w/ your primary care provider about how to manage your weight before getting pregnant because we don't want you to lose weight during a pregnancy. Be sure you eat lots of vegetables, fruits & healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, salmon, etc) and protein. Take a brisk walk daily! ...Read more
Does peeing right after sex reduce my chances of getting pregnant? What can i do to increase my chances of getting pregnant?
Know your ovulation: First, urinating after sex has nothing to do with pregnancy , it is to prevent urinary infection. Secondly,if you wish to get pregnant you should know when you ovulate( when the egg comes out and ready to meet the sperms). It happens in the mid cycle, 14 th day after periods, . There are over the counter kits availble at your pharmacy to know this. You should have intercourse on that day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I increase my chances of becoming pregnant? What can decrease my chances of getting pregnant?
Folate (folic acid). Smoking..: Some factors that can increase your fertility: Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily, normal weight for height, regular vaginal intercourse at least thrice weekly, balanced diet, low stress and regulation of any chronic disorders such as hypertension, diabetes, lupus etc. Other factors will decrease your fertility: smoking, obesity, underweight, polycystic ovary syndrome (hyperandrogenemia chronic anovulation). ...Read more
Actually, YES!: Data says smoking tobacco hurts male fertility.Smoking damages sperm, making them less likely to fertilize eggs ,and making the embryos they do manage to create less likely to survive. Professional Med. Societies advise men and women with fertility problems to stop smoking. Even if only 1 member of a couple smokes, secondhand smoke tends to affect the fertility of his/her partner. Time to QUIT! ...Read more
Possibly yes: Mild obesity should not change one's chances of getting a job, since so many americans are mildly obese. However, very obese persons may have difficulties, depending on the workplace setting, the equipment used, and the safety issues. For example, a flight instructor weighing 350 lbs would have trouble carrying a student because many 2-seat training planes have a total limit of about 450 lbs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally not but...: If this were a common problem there would be far fewer babies born here in the santa cruz, ca area :) however, there is evidence that heavy marijuana use may lower sperm count somewhat and reduce the ability of sperm to fertilize eggs, but no evidence it causes "infertility" per se. But for couples experiencing fertility issues it would be wise to reduce or stop marijuana use. See comment:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keeping good health: A female is probably most fertile in her late teen to early 20s, then the chance slowly decreases over the yrs and complication such as birth defect/genetic problem (i.E downs syndrome) increases. Best is to eat healthy, exercise regularly, take prenatals, see doc for screen, and have more relations during/around time of ovulation--use a kit (otc) may help. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Am about 6 weeks pregnant and my BMI is about 31 ..Could that affect my pregnancy and the health of my baby or increase the chance of any miscarriage?
Possibly: But you should not attempt weight loss during pregnancy. Wait until your pregnancy has concluded. Make sure you're eating a healthy diet and getting daily exercise. Also, make sure you're tested for gestational diabetes, and if the tests are positive, discuss potential treatments with your ob. ...Read more
Does having Short gut syndrome affect my ability to get pregnant? What are the risks i put my baby in?
Not specificly: The movement problems of CP do not directly affect your reproductive system & its functions. Depending on your level of function, pregnancy & delivery may require some extra planning but i would not abandon the idea of parenting outright. You may want to consult with an OB directly on the issue. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
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