If having a baby is a goal in 2011, then one of the most important things couples can do is make sure of a healthy lifestyle.
City Fertility Centre (CFC) Medical Director Dr Ashish Das says CFC sees many couples seeking help with improving their fertility who take the opportunity to improve their general health.
“ We don’t limit our assistance to reproductive technology — we offer a comprehensive service to support patients in changing their eating and exercise habits,” he said.
“Our fertility experts talk to patients about the impact that things like losing weight, giving up smoking, and reducing alcohol and caffeine intake can have on their chances of getting pregnant.”
Dr Das said smoking reduces IVF success rates by half and even losing a small amount of weight can significantly increase the chances of pregnancy.
“In fact, 12% of primary infertility is linked to women being underweight or overweight,” he said.
“Nutrition and health also have a direct effect on the health of sperm, so it’s important for both partners to consider these issues.
“Of course, a healthy lifestyle is not only important to boost fertility, it’s also essential during pregnancy to keep you well, and give your baby the best start in life,” he added.
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