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Are you worried you could be infertile too? Here are 10 things you may not know about infertility.
1. STDs make you infertile.
Sexually transmitted diseases can cause infertility. Most people, we are sure, are quite aware of that. But before you condemn us for stating the obvious, we hate to point out that blocked fallopian tubes are the single most common cause of female infertility. Blocked fallopian tubes prevent egg and sperm from meeting up. Blockages can occur due to a huge variety of reasons, but the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, which later leads to something called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is the most frequent cause of blocked fallopian tubes. Chlamydia is, ironically, one of the most easily treatable sexually transmitted diseases a single course of antibiotics usually does the trick just fine. The moral of the story is very clear! See your doctor for STD testing every year, and make sure to get tested right before you start trying to conceive as well. Remember, many sexually transmitted diseases have no symptoms. Chlamydia demonstrates this very well.
2. Ovulation tests are not just for fun
Many couples who decided it's time to try for a baby head to the pharmacy and pick up some ovulation tests to find out the best time to get pregnant. Ovulation tests and other methods that reliably detect ovulation, like charting to conceive, increase your chances of getting pregnant each month. These ovulation-tracking methods offer more than a convenient way to find out when you are fertile, however. Did you know that ovulation disorders are another common cause of female infertility? When there ain't no eggs, you can't get pregnant. Anovulation, in other words not ovulating, can be caused by a hormonal unbalance, tumors, injuries... and even by exercising too much. Yes, really working out is great for your health, but if you're a gym junkie or a professional athlete, it can harm your chances of conceiving. So back to the point. Use ovulation tests to find out if you are ovulating at all, and see your doctor if your tests never come up positive.
3. Men get too old to have kids too
A woman's fertility goes steadily downhill once she reaches 30. Did you know that a men are not an eternal fountain of youth (babies) either? His sperm count and quality is likely to decline once he gets to 40. If you are part of a couple where the male half is a bit older than that, he should pay extra attention to his health and lifestyle. Smoking, drinking, and junk food are bad ideas. You knew that already, but stick to the rules!
4. Causes of low sperm quality
Sperm is produced in the testicles, and those hang on the outside of the male body for a reason. Sperm does better at lower temperatures, so no hot baths or tight synthetic underwear for guys who want to be dads. The better a man's general health, be more likely that his swimmers are in good shape too. Men should take a multivitamin supplement and folic acid to increase their fertility too. Men who are underweight or overweight are less likely to get their partner pregnant too, because changed hormone levels influence sperm quality.