(CARLSBAD, CA) – Tick-tock! You’ve heard it before, if not from yourself, then from the gentle prodding of your mother or your well-meaning in-laws. And whether you hear it now, or whether your biological clock is laying low for a few more years, chances are that your fertility will come to mind sooner or later.
In the United States, approximately 10% of women between the ages of 15-44 currently struggle with impaired fertility. Up to one-quarter of American women will encounter a time period of infertility at some point in their reproductive years. Of course, age is always a dynamic in fertility, but it’s not the only factor.
If you’re looking to get pregnant now or in the distant future, consider these suggestions to increase your chances of conception:
Get moving – Being overweight increases the risk of infertility. Obesity is highly associated with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), a cause of infertility for some women. If you need to drop a few pounds, start by taking some brisk walks or joining exercise classes with modifications for overweight women. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends at least 30 minutes of activity on most days of the week for optimal physical fitness.
Exercise in moderation – While obesity can create fertility problems, the same can be said for being underweight. Exercising at extreme rates can lower your body fat percentage to a level that causes menstrual irregularities. Extreme low-calorie diets also create fertility problems. So, stay fit and eat healthy, but don’t overdo it!
Stop smoking – If you smoke one or more packs a day, your risk of infertility is greatly increased. Smoking constricts blood vessels, and blood vessels feed your ovaries. That means your loss of eggs is increased with each inhale of your Marlboro Lights.
See your doctor – Getting regular exams from your gynecologist is a must for reproductive health. But, don’t neglect your general practitioner either. Undiagnosed or untreated medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid conditions can also cause problems with your fertility. Get a complete physical at least every other year to maintain your overall health and wellness.
Start counting – Each woman is born with a certain number of eggs. During ovulation, one or two of those eggs are released. Meanwhile, others begin to die off as you age. The number of eggs that you’re left with into your late 30s and 40s is different for each woman. Ask your gynecologist about a vaginal ultrasound, which gives you a count of how many eggs you have left.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.