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Steps you can take to improve your chances of success
Fertility can be affected by lifestyle habits. The following are simple measures you can take to increase your chances of conceiving.
Research shows that the chemicals in cigarette smoke are harmful to eggs and sperm. Smoking can greatly reduce sperm count and decrease the response to stimulation and the rate of fertilization. Second-hand smoke also may decrease the odds that a fertilized egg will be able to implant in the uterus.
A well balanced diet comprised of a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables helps to increase your chances.
Being overweight or underweight can affect your chances of success and can lead to complications in pregnancy. Maintaining a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) within a range of 19-30 kg/m2 can help you achieve a better response to stimulation and treatment.
Heavy drinking exposes the fetus to toxins that may result in fetal abnormalities. It also affects sperm production and motility. Avoiding alcohol altogether during treatment is encouraged.
Relaxing and getting enough sleep can help reduce stress levels and relieve anxiety.
Gentle exercise is encouraged to improve health and help cope with the stress of investigations and treatment.