Getting pregnant some day may be some woman’s desire. Despite their deep rooted desire pregnancy remains lalaland.

They lose out in the blessing of fruitfulness that is naturally in the DNA of a man (Male and female He made them and he said to them be fruitful).

Only those who subscribe to the school of thought that giving birth is not necessary that do not show concern.

There are so many things that people have said about fertility and what women must not do.

Bounce News spoke with a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and the author of The Labour Ward Handbook, Dr. Leroy Edozien, on what reduces the chances of a woman getting pregnant.

Dr. Edozien gave a list that all revolves around lifestyle.

1.       Wearing high Heels

A lot has been said about wearing high heels and even an expert in health and fitness, David Moy, had some years back said these shoes could affect fertility.

Killer heels, he called them, and warned that it may affect a woman’s chances due to the 'unnatural' way the body tips forward when you wear these shoes.

It was the first time that fertility has been mentioned when discussions on high heels were made.

"If you value your health in any way at all then avoid these killer heels at all costs, they're just not worth the risk,” Moy said.

Explaining how risky high heels are, he said that the potential problems were caused when “you wear heels as the pressure on the front of the foot causes you to compensate by excessive forward tilting of the pelvis."

high heels

"This tilting allows the abdomen to spill forward and in doing so compressing internal organs in a condition called visceroptosis.

"If unchecked this can lead to menstrual dysfunctions increases I period pains as well as affecting the ability to conceive," he said.

When Bounce News raised this issue with Dr. Edozien, he said it was a myth that had not been medically proven.

He then gave a list of other lifestyle practices that have medically been linked to infertility.

2.       Unsafe Sex (Pelvic Infection)

Unsafe sex is one way people contract sexually transmitted diseases and some of them have the tendency of preventing a woman from conceiving.

One of those mentioned is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).

It is one of the most serious consequences of some bacterial infections including gonorrhoea or chlamydia.

Condom and sexually transmitted disease

PID can cause permanent damage by developing scar tissue on the female internal reproductive organs.

The scar tissue can completely block the fallopian tubes and prevent the sperm and egg from meeting for fertilisation to take place.

3.  Backroom Abortion

Ladies who have also had to undergo abortion with a quack doctor stand high risk of not getting pregnant.

Some girls have talked about aborting pregnancy with a flexible hanger or any other tool and this practice has been identified as one that could affect fertility in women.

Abstinence or protective sex have been advised to avoid the risks that go with backroom abortion.

4.  Alcoholism

Some ladies are addicted to alcohol to the point that they now have big stomachs like they have a baby in there. 

There are different claims about alcohol and fertility.

One of them is that alcohol could affect the fertility of a lady and research by a Danish team may have proven this theory right.

They designed a prospective cohort study to re-examine this association, using data from 6,120 females aged 21-45.

All participants were in stable relationships and actively trying to become pregnant. None were involved in fertility treatments.

Alcohol was measured in standard servings - 1-3, 4-7, 8-13, and 14 or more units per week; they also collated information about the specific type of alcohol - beer, red or white wine, dessert wine, or spirits.

Women in the highest alcohol consumption group (14 units or more per week) had 37 pregnancies in 307 cycles, and those who did not drink had 1,381 pregnancies in 8,054 cycles.

These figures equate to an 18% decrease in the probability that the women would conceive.

Moderation or total abstinence is necessary if you truly want to be pregnant.  

5.       Obesity

Weight again was identified by the gynaecologist and he stressed the need for individuals to maintain body mass that is within their Body Max Index level.

Checking weight to make sure you are not obese

Obesity affects an individual’s hormones and also leads to insulin resistance that will eventually result in diabetes.

Hormonal imbalance reduces the chances of a woman getting pregnant.

6.       Smoking

Women who smoke also stand the risk of reduced fertility rate, as tobacco.

The chemicals in cigarettes damage eggs and can affect a baby's health.

7.       Waiting Until Late 30s

Dr. Edozien stressed the need for women to begin child birth early, as the chances of giving birth decline as they age. 

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The average woman's reproductive years are between ages 12 and 51 and totally ceases once she enter menopause, except a miracle happens or the couple considers IVF. 

In humans, a woman's fertility peaks in the early and mid-20s, after which it starts to decline slowly.

If you enjoyed reading this and our other stories, please, share with friends and loved ones to help them know what to avoid to increase their chance of giving birth.

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