Trying to conceive this summer? There are some key activities you can do to ensure you’re in top fertility health. Our fertility specialists have developed a simple and easy plan of action for you.
Summer-friendly fertility activities:
Get outside while the sun is shining and the sky is clear and soak up as much vitamin D as possible! Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” is produced in the skin as a response to sunlight exposure. Some studies show that having plenty of vitamin D improves success rates in both in vitro fertilization (IVF) as well as the transfer of donor egg embryos. Get your vitamin D this summer by getting outside for water sports, trips to the beach, and a stroll through the park with family and friends.
Stay fit by engaging in stress-busting exercise. Women with high-stress levels can take up to 29 percent longer to conceive than those with low stress. Activities like outdoor yoga classes, taking long walks, and meditation sessions are recommended as good sources of stress relief.
Men should avoid high-intensity exercise in hot weather, as not to overheat the testicles. Avoid tight-fitting clothing when working outdoors in the summer as an extra precaution. Less heat to the testicles promotes better fertility.
WOMEN AND MEN
Summer is a great time to kick your nasty habits. Vices such as smoking and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can negatively impact fertility. To combat this, try using the long summer days to distract from these cravings for outdoor activities.
Smoking can be harmful to fertility health as it can damage the ovaries and Fallopian tubes in women. Likewise, smoking also affects men by reducing sperm count. Smokers are 54 percent more likely to take over a year to get pregnant, while 13 percent of infertility cases are directly linked to smoking.
GET PREGNANT THIS SUMMER!
Make an appointment with a fertility specialist for a thorough reproductive examination and preliminary assessment of your reproductive health. It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized fertility treatment protocol meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with one of the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 917.525.5496.