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Dr. Blair Kizza: 9 Reasons Why You Can’t Conceive

By Dr. Blair Kizza

In recent times, there has been an increase in fertility challenges among women.

Several factors contribute to this shift, including lifestyle changes, environmental factors, and delayed childbearing

  1. Delayed childbearing is one significant factor.

More women are focusing on education and career, leading to later attempts at pregnancy.

Age plays a crucial role in fertility. A woman’s fertility decreases as she gets older.

  1. Environmental toxins can impact fertility. Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, like BPA and phthalates mostly found in bottled water can affect hormone balance and reproductive health.

Limiting exposure is essential.

  1. Obesity (Omugejjo) is another factor. The modern sedentary lifestyle and high-calorie diets have led to increased obesity rates.

Obesity can disrupt the menstrual cycle and hormone production, making it harder to conceive.

  1. Stress is pervasive in today’s world. High-stress levels can disrupt the hormonal balance needed for ovulation and conception.

Techniques like mindfulness and yoga can help manage stress.

  1. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects many women today. It can lead to irregular periods and ovulation problems.

Proper diagnosis and management are crucial for fertility.

  1. The use of contraceptives has increased. While they are effective in preventing pregnancy, it can take some time for a woman’s body to return to its natural cycle after stopping hormonal contraceptives.

Planning ahead is key.

  1. Infections and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can lead to infertility.

It’s vital to practice safe sex and seek prompt treatment for any infections to preserve fertility.

  1. Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus that can affect fertility.

They can block the fallopian tubes or interfere with embryo implantation.

Treatment options are available, including surgery or medication.

  1. Smoking and alcohol use can significantly impact fertility. Smoking can damage eggs and reduce ovarian reserve, while alcohol can disrupt hormone levels.

Quitting smoking and moderating alcohol consumption are advisable.

In conclusion, modern life has brought many benefits but also fertility challenges for women.

Understanding these factors, including the impact of smoking and alcohol use, and taking proactive steps can improve your chances of conceiving.

Dr. Blair Kizza is a medical practitioner, SRHR consultant and Executive Director, Usawa Health.

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