If you're considering fertility treatment, there are things you can do to help support the best possible outcomes. In fact, your overall physicial and emotional well-being are vitally important to your fertility health. Generation Fertility's Dr. Michael Hartman walks us through three of the most important actions you can take to help support your chances of a successful pregnancy.
1. Getting adequate sleep
With our busy lifestyles and everyday stresses, this may be easier said than done! But, research shows that sleep has a big impact on fertility. According to Dr. Hartman, infertility is more common in those who don't get adequate sleep (7-8 hours). Though the exact link is not known, potential reasons include increased cortisol levels and changes in melatonin production (both of which can impact sleep cycles). If you struggle with sleep, practicing good sleep hygiene can help. If you consistently struggle with sleep, or it's impacting your quality of life, contact your family physician.
2. Adding nutritional supplements
Dr. Hartman also advises many of his patients to take certain supplements to optimize their fertility health. These include:
If you have questions about supplements, book an appointment with our caring team. We'll create a personalized wellness plan based on your fertility needs.
3. Practicing a healthy lifestyle
Finally, Dr. Hartman emphasizes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, which includes maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding smoking. Being overweight can lead to irregular menstrual cycles in a women, and impact sperm quality in men. Smoking is associated with reduced egg quality and quantity and can lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes.
"I often tell my patients that fertility health isn't comprised of one single thing - it's holistic. Supporting your overall health and wellness from many angles is vitally important to optimizing your chances of a healthy, successful conception."
Dr. Michael Hartman, MD, FRCSC, GREI
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