Research consistently shows that lifestyle factors like what you eat, your activity levels and other behaviors influence fertility. The good news is, sometimes small lifestyle changes can make a big impact!

Some examples of how lifestyle effect your fertility:

  • Excessive exercise and/or low body weight can interfere with ovulation
  • Chronic alcohol intake (more than 7 drinks per week) in known to negatively affect semen quality and male reproductive hormones
  • Chronic levels of stress downregulate reproductive hormones in both men and women which can interfere with normal sperm production and the menstrual cycle
  • Exposure to certain chemicals in the environment like BPA can disrupt the normal rhythms of hormones that control the menstrual cycle
  • Body weight (being either underweight or overweight) can interfere with ovulation, lead to changes in normal menstruation and negatively impact sperm production and quality

 The lifestyle factors that we address at NWA Fertility include:

  • Toxins (things like cigarettes, tobacco, cannabis, alcohol as well as exposure to chemicals in our environment)
  • Nutrition (improve health, manage weight, treat certain health conditions)
  • Exercise
  • Sleep (both quality and quantity are important)
  • Stress (external stress, internal stress, relationships and mental health)

If you have any questions about how a lifestyle factor might be affecting your fertility, please feel free to reach out!

Have more questions on this subject?

Dr. Emily Rea is here to answer your fertility questions and walk with you on your fertility journey. Send us a message any time!