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No Bun in the Oven Yet? These 6 Reasons Might Be the Culprit


There are couples with the ability to conceive a baby without stressing themselves. Some couples even say they can’t exactly work out how and when conception could have happened. But, it doesn’t take too much of thinking to connect the dots within the actual processes of conception.  Sex between couples has often been pushed down on their priority list while work commitments, busy lifestyles, and constant juggling of time havethe higher priority.

Usually, couples try to get pregnant for about a year before they determine if they are having fertility issues or not. Even when couples have sex during ovulation each month, there is no guarantee that the woman will get pregnant. If you have troubles getting pregnant, you might be surprised that your daily habits are making it difficult for you to get pregnant.

It is terrible when couples have troubles getting pregnant. It is frustrating trying over and over again with getting positive results. When you want something so bad and yet you couldn’t get it can cause heartbreak. It can also lower the self-esteem of couples. Many women ask themselves in pain, “What’s wrong with me that I can’t get pregnant?”

Below are some reasons why you might be having troubles getting pregnant?

Gum Bleeding

Are your gums red and swollen? Does it bleed when you brush? It has been discovered by Australian researchers that periodontal diseases makes it difficult for a woman to get pregnant. It was discovered that women with healthy mouths took an average of five months to conceive, those who had periodontal disease took a little over seven months. And non-Caucasian women who had it take over a year. Bacteria are developed by deep pockets and swollen gums around the teeth. These bacteria trigger inflammation when they enter the bloodstream, which potentially reduces the embryos’ chances of implantation. To make matters worse, poor sperm quality is linked to gum diseases.

So, in order to make it easier to get pregnant, you should regularly brush and floss, and also get dental check-ups. Also you should keep up the routine when you get pregnant because the inflammation triggered by bacteria can be associated with miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth rate.

Technology Fertility Problems in WomenThere is a concern among researchers and fertility experts that electromagnetic radiation (EMR) may affect the sperm of a man, with the primary offender being the cell phone. Several researchers have found the relationship between sperm damage and the habit of carrying a cell phone in a pocket or hip belt, near the reproductive organs. Also there is other research targeted at other vital EMR devices such as WIFI enabled personal computer. The study compared men who use their laptops on a table and men who use their laptop on their laps for more than four hours. It was discovered that those who use their laptops on their laps had 25 percent dead sperm versus 14 percent on the other men, and nine percent of the surviving sperms had DNA damage versus three percent.

Environmental Chemicals

There are some chemicals in our environment that alter the hormones when they linger in the body. Such chemicals include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other similar chemicals. Some researchers discovered that the possibility of getting pregnant are decreased by 20 percent when the blood of either couples are tested and found to contain high level of PCBs or other similar  chemicals which are circulated in the environment. Although, PCBs have been banned for decades, traces of the chemical are found everywhere, which can be found majorly in animal fat where toxins accumulate. Also beef and fish do contain PCBs. However, the difference between beef and fish is that consuming beef in high quantity has been associated with 35 percent lower sperm counts and abnormal sperm formation. While the omega-3 fatty acids in fish are sperm boosters. In order to make it easier to get pregnant, you should limit your exposure to such chemicals by cutting away the fat from meat and fish and also reduce the consuming of animal products.  Regardless of diet or exposure, a delay doesn’t mean doom: About 80 percent of the couples conceived within a year of trying.

Low levels of vitamin D

According to some Australian researchers, couples who reside closer to the Arctic Circle mostly have troubles getting pregnant during winter- and it is not because they do not have sex regularly during the season. Their troubles getting pregnant may be related to the deficiency in vitamin D, which is synthesized by the body from sunlight. It has also been discovered that over 41percent of Americans do not get enough sunlight especially during winter. While it has not been determined exactly how much vitamin D is needed by the body to make it fertile, early researchers suggests that it plays a very crucial role in improving fertility. It is also said that it balances and stimulates the sex hormones in the body. When the body is deficient in vitamin D, its FSH levels are elevated, which makes it difficult to get pregnant and often increases the risk of miscarriage. Also, in IVF studies, failure is predicted when the body has low levels of vitamin D, while high success rates are with sufficient levels of vitamin D.

Drug Abuse or Alcohol Use Fertility Problems in WomenThese might seem to be normal for us, but you need to be reminded that the abuse of drugs makes it difficult for you to get pregnant. Hard drugs such as marijuana or cocaine decrease the production of hormone, which can cause irregular periods in women and low sperm count or erectile dysfunction in men. Also consuming alcohol in moderation might not significantly affect your fertility, but if you want to increase your chances of getting pregnant quicker, it is best to completely avoid alcohol.

Physical Issues

There are some physical issues that can make getting pregnant difficult. However, these physical issues can be healed when you eat right, exercise, lose weight, and quit bad habits. Also medical intervention is important. These physical issues include polycystic ovarian syndrome  (PCOS), lack of ovulation (anovulation), low sperm count, irregular menstrual cycles, low sperm mobility or motility, luteal phase defects, endometriosis, and so on.



A former law student turned stay-at-home mom of two. Join me and read my adventures as I go through this crazy world called parenting and mommy-hood.

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