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"I agree with the last few comments that nutrition is important but not the only thing that affects fertility. How easy it is to conceive has a lot to do with family history on both sides, so while overall physical and emotional wellness can increase your chances of conceiving, it certainly doesn't "take care of itself" for a lot of people. " -- LIND1241 - 10/7/2011 10:58:11 PM
"I think that a healthy lifestyle is imperative for bringing a child into this world. However, I do agree that fertility issues can be caused by a number of issues that have nothing whatsoever to do with the health of the couple. We shouldn't judge anyone or make people feel like they didn't do something properly because they have fertility issues.
Most of the people that I surround myself with are active and health conscious. The 'healthiest' person I know had a lot of troubles conceiving naturally. She and her husband had more healthy habits than most before they knew they had fertility issues. After she found out she had an unidentified fertility issue she did everything possible to perfect her health physically, mentally and spiritually. In the end she ended up having a beautiful baby by IVF.
Its easy to believe that you didn't have any trouble because you took care of yourself but don't think that someone else's troubles are caused by a lack of overall health.
We all need to take responsibility for our health and the health of our children but we also need to be thankful that it was easy for us if it was...and compassionate for those who didn't have it so easy. " -- WLSMEH - 6/7/2011 10:33:45 AM
"I agree that it never hurts to take care of yourself but I hate that some people make it sound like all fertility issues are the result of how people take care of themselves (basically, its your fault if you can't get pregnant attitudes). I've been pregnant 3 times. The first time I was in the absolute worst shape in my life and my husband had just finished a round of chemo for Hodgkin's...we weren't even "trying". I did miscarry but cause was undetermined. The second time, my husband and I were still not in that great of shape (we were both overweight and eating lots of junk). We got pregnant right away. When our son was a year old, we decided we wanted to try for another. We figured it would be a piece of cake again this time considering how "easy" it was the first two times. Plus this time, we both were physically active, eatting "healthy" foods, and had dropped our weights into the "normal BMI" range. His cancer was in complete remission and I was in the best shape in my life. Needless to say, we really struggled this time. It was heartbreaking month after month to get the "not pregnant" again. After 1 year of trying, one of my friends convinced me to see a fertility specialist. It turns out that my fallopian tubes had twisted (they think maybe ruptured ovarian cysts caused it) but beyond that, all of the tests (about 6 months worth...I swear they tested for every possible thing) came back that I was extremely fertile and receptive. My husbands sperm count was fine but they did some more detailed tests and discovered that only 1% were what they would consider "perfects" (meaning they could actually fertilize an egg). We ended up having in vitro assisted by icsi (where they inject the sperm directly into the egg). At time of collection, I had 23 eggs. Of those, 12 were developed enough to perform icsi. Of those, 7 were successfully fertilized. We chose to just put two back in me and freeze the others for future use. Of the two, only one survived. She is due in October. During all this, we found out that there were lots of "healthy couples" that had problems too. So my take on all this: its great to take care of yourself but if you are having trouble conceiving, don't beat yourself up. It may be nothing within your control. Just because you don't get pregnant right way, it doesn't mean it is your fault." -- KLVESTER - 8/6/2009 9:33:58 AM
"It's definitely good advice that men eat better, quit smoking and take vitamins. But it won't cure all infertility issues. My DH has a very low sperm count. He did all of this and he was taking meds from a doctor. Nothing helped. It's just something he was born with. We were never able to conceive naturally and had to go the IVF route.
If you suspect your husband has fertility issues, I would reccomend seeing a fertility doctor ASAP in addition to the lifestyle changes.
"nutrition,healthy eating,taking folic acid b4 conception has help me & my partner to conceive our lovely daughter now were ttc2,will stick on it." -- ANACHRISTINA - 6/7/2009 2:24:05 PM
"I think nutrition is the cornerstone for anything in our lives, especially fertility. My good friend is the same age as me and has struggled with pregnancy while my fiance and I have been taking very good care of our nutrition and got pregnant on our first try. Eat well and exercise and the rest takes care of itself. :)" -- JUICEPLUSMOM - 12/4/2008 9:59:59 PM
"I have a friend who had miscarriage after two months and she says she is feeling pregnant again though the month have not ended for her to confirm, because nausea have started for the past one week after her period, so i told her to wait and see, she says she makes sure she takes one Folic Acid a day she and her husband .So what do you think?" -- TESTIMONY - 12/13/2007 8:34:53 AM
I am new to the board. I just got married last two weeks........am ttc. i have a 31day cycle instead of the usual 28-day-cycle.............any advise?" -- BETTYBABE - 5/25/2007 6:42:28 AM
"this article gives us an idea about a hralthy eating for anyone,this is good but it's not in accordance with the title.For the first while,the title"Nutrition and Fertility:An overview for men" can push us to read it thinking that it might contain new informations about this very interesting issu:nutrition and men's fertility as well as men's nutrition & baby sex. Thank for considering my comment." -- JOELLEFARHA - 1/31/2007 9:38:46 AM
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