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What can I do to increase my fertility?

To increase your fertility, the best thing you can do is to be physically healthy. Fertility specialists will tell you to have as clean an eating lifestyle and consumption lifestyle as you can before trying to conceive, and to not take in anything that creates cellular damage.

If you use a computer or tablet nestled on your lap, just 10 to 15 minutes of staring at a laptop screen is enough to reduce potency and sperm count.

Heat may not be the only fertility hazard. Early research suggests that the electromagnetic radiation emitted when a laptop's connected to wi-fi may also damage sperm DNA. So, what can you do to safeguard fertility?

  • Put your laptop on the table. Even protective pads won't protect you.
  • Stick to short online-surfing sessions if you're using a laptop. And spread your legs.
  • Limit time on your bike. Cycling more than 5 hours a week also lowers sperm concentration.
  • Eat healthful foods and take vitamins. Foods and supplements rich in DHA omega-3 fats, zinc, selenium, folic acid, and vitamins C and E increase sperm count.

It might not be possible to prevent all cases of infertility, especially if it's caused by an underlying medical problem. However, there are several things that both men and women can do to reduce the risk of infertility. Both men and women should avoid alcohol, drugs and tobacco while trying to conceive. Women should also try to limit the amount of caffeine they consume. Certain medications may affect your fertility, so limit the number of medicines you take while you're trying to get pregnant. Also, both men and women should maintain a healthy weight by exercising moderately—being overweight or underweight may lead to infertility. Talk to your doctor about other ways you may prevent infertility.

Infertility, like many medical conditions, cannot be 100 percent prevented. With that said, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk of infertility. To increase your fertility:

  • follow a healthy lifestyle
  • eat a well-balanced diet
  • don’t drink alcohol or smoke
  • avoid exposure to harmful chemicals or hazards
  • avoid illicit drugs

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