12 July, 2018

Eating disorders and infertility: Things to know

Any kind of eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating can impact your ability to get pregnant. They may even make your pregnancy higher-risk. Severe weight loss can cause you to stop having regular periods, otherwise known as amenorrhea. Here are some ways in which eating disorders can affect your fertility:

Eating Disorders and Fertility

Sometimes, eating disorders can cause changes to the hormonal levels that occur and suppress both ovulation and menstruation. These are some problems that may occur due to eating disorders:

  • Amenorrhea: Many women who are anorexic and have bulimia stop having their periods. The weight loss due to decrease in calories causes a suppression of hormones from the pituitary gland that are needed to maintain normal estrogen levels. Without normal levels of estrogen, ovulation does not take place and leads to infertility.
  • Psychological Stress: Women with eating disorder may also experience stress due to personality traits, which lead to mental disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. The stress of these psychological conditions may also contribute to menstrual problems and infertility.
  • Excessive Exercise: Too much exercising is believed to cause a condition known as “female athlete triad”, which results in three conditions leading to infertility. These three conditions are amenorrhea, osteoporosis and an eating disorder.
  • Obesity: Overeating is another disorder that can lead to infertility. In young women, obesity can lead to high levels of male hormones, known as androgens. This imbalance can cause abnormal menstrual cycles and block ovulation, leading to infertility.

Eating Disorder and Pregnancy

Some women with eating disorders do get pregnant, even though their fertility may be reduced. Your body will then need increased amounts of nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals to support the growing baby. So in this case, women with eating disorders and their babies are at risk. The risks to a pregnant woman with eating disorder include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Heart problems
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Premature labor

The risks to baby include:

  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Breathing problems
  • Feeding problems
  • Stillbirth

When women with eating disorders such as anorexia achieve ideal body weight, their regular periods usually resume within six months of doing so. It may also improve their fertility. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with an eating disorder, visit our experts at KIMS Cuddles. By meeting a nutritionist before pregnancy and by seeking therapy, you can improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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01 February, 2018

7 Fertility mistakes every couple makes

When trying to conceive for the first time, couples often make certain mistakes that delay conception. Here are 7 common fertility mistakes every couple makes and ways to improve your chances to get pregnant: Timing Typically, women have a 28-day cycle, which means ovulation generally happens around day 14. However, it isn’t guaranteed that every woman goes through the same. Individual cycles vary and you may have one that’s shorter or longer. In order to figure out the exact date of your ovulation, you can count back 14 days from the day you started your period. Seeing an expert to soon Most women under 35 take up to a year to get pregnant. If you’re feeling frustrated after trying for 6 or 7 months, and don’t have any underlying health problem, it is better to wait it out. Almost 80% of healthy couples get pregnant within a year. If you’re over 35, see an expert after six months of trying. Waiting too long to see an expert Sometimes, there are exceptions to the one-year-wait rule. If your cycle is shorter than 25 days or longer than 35 days, if your periods are painful or heavy, or you’ve experienced a pelvic infection in the past, see a doctor sooner to get everything checked.
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15 February, 2018

5 Ways your Home may be causing your infertility

Sometimes, despite having no apparent health problems, you may find yourself dealing with infertility. It may be worthwhile to take a closer look at certain external factors that may be the reason behind your inability to conceive. One of them is the home you live in. Here are 5 things in your home that may be the reason behind your infertility: Soaps Antibacterial soap may be expert at eliminating germs, but it may also have an effect on your chances of conceiving. Apart from these, certain shampoos, dishwashing liquids, and certain toothpaste may contain triclosan – a chemical linked to the endocrine disruption that may play havoc with your hormones and interfere with your reproductive system. In men, triclosan can reduce sperm count. Make sure your household soaps are free from this substance. Canned Goods Hard plastics and those used to make microwave-safe food containers and water bottles may contain a chemical known as BPA or bisphenol A. It can also be found in the linings of aluminum cans. According to research, high levels of BPA in men’s urine can lower their sperm count. Even in women, those with twice as much BPA in their bloodstream had half as many viable eggs. Research has shown a link between BPA levels and polycystic ovary syndrome. Avoid
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19 February, 2018

5 Facts about smoking and infertility

Smoking is injurious to your health. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall well-being. If you’re a smoker, you probably know that it can affect your fertility. In order to improve your chances of conceiving, it is important to quit smoking. Here are 5 facts about smoking and infertility that you should know: Smoking can cause infertility Those who smoke are more likely to have fertility problems than non-smokers. If you’ve been smoking for many years or smoke many cigarettes per day, you are at an increased risk for fertility problems. Smoking spreads more than 7000 chemicals throughout your entire body and organs. This can cause fertility problems, such as : Problems with ovulation Genetic problems Damage to your reproductive organs Damage to eggs or premature menopause Increased risk of cancer and miscarriage When smokers take fertility treatments, they tend to take longer to get pregnant. They are also likely to give birth to babies with health problems. Secondhand smoke can affect your fertility If your partner is a smoker and you’re trying to get pregnant, encourage them to stop smoking. Secondhand smoke may expose you to toxic chemicals that affect your fertility. Experts say that secondhand smoke is as damaging to your fertility as smoking
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