Some fertility problems are related to lifestyle or other health
conditions. To help protect your fertility:
- Avoid using tobacco (cigarettes) and marijuana. They reduce fertility, especially by reducing sperm counts.
exposure to harmful chemicals.
- Avoid excessive alcohol use. It
may damage eggs or sperm.
- Limit sex partners and use condoms to
reduce the risk of getting a
sexually transmitted infection (STI). Untreated STIs can damage the reproductive system and cause
infertility. If you think you may have an STI, get treatment promptly to reduce
the risk of damage to your reproductive system. Make sure you know
how to use a male condom and/or
how to use a female condom.
- Stay at a body weight that is close to the
ideal for your height. It will reduce the possibility of hormone imbalances. This is
very important for men as well as for women.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and hope to have
children in the future, talk to your doctor about
preventing cancer treatment–related infertility.
Recommended Related to Infertility & Reproduction
Tests for Infertility and Reproduction
Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) blood test
Chickenpox (varicella) titre
Chorionic villus sampling
Contraction stress test
Electronic fetal heart monitoring
Fetal blood sampling (cordocentesis)
Fetal Doppler ultrasound
First trimester tests
hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin)
Oral glucose tolerance test
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 12, 2011
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