It is every couple’s dream to have a family, nurture children of their own and raise them as best as they can. However, after years of actively trying to get pregnant, if it does not work out, people start wondering, why are we not getting pregnant?

Let us look at some common reasons for not getting pregnant. Solving some medical problems or simply changing your lifestyle might help you conceive.

Being Overweight or Underweight

Being overweight or underweight can affect a woman’s ability to conceive a child. Being overweight or underweight can create problems in your menstrual cycle and can affect your fertility. Engaging in regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet including leafy greens, seasonal fruits and nuts can bring a positive change.

Irregular Sleep Pattern

Lack of proper sleep affects your immune system and creates stress in people. Stress is considered as one of the primary reasons that contribute towards an irregular menstrual cycle. Lack of proper sleep can also affect the sperm count in men and meddle with your chances of pregnancy. Make sure you have 8-10 hours of sleep daily.

Wearing Tight Undergarments

Tight figure-hugging undergarments might be trendy. So are latex body shapers which will offer you temporary solutions towards looking fit. However, these tight underclothes have a harmful impact on the reproductive organs. It is always advisable to wear comfortable, cotton undergarments. Tight undergarments do not only affect the women but wearing tight briefs in men also leads to decrease in sperm number and quality.

Stress

The work situations and lifestyle of people tend to induce much stress to their daily life. While being stressed is bad for your overall health, it has a crucial role in lowering your fertility. Stress levels affect the menstrual cycles of women and lower the sperm count or lead to poor sperm motility in men. Good exercise, good food, staying organized in life and having proper sleep habits will help you control anxiety and stress.

Lifestyle

Certain habits are often attached to most work cultures these days that includes an inclination towards consuming junk food, alcohol, recreational drugs and excessive amounts of caffeine. All of these can wreak havoc on your reproductive system.

Environmental Pollution

Believe it or not, environmental pollution is one of the major reasons for not getting pregnant for people from developing countries. Exposure to pesticides, smoke, passive smoking and carcinogens will directly influence your fertility.

PCOS

One of the most common reasons a woman has trouble getting pregnant is a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). When you have PCOS, your ovaries are larger than normal. These bigger ovaries can have many follicles that contain immature eggs. PCOS causes a woman’s body to produce higher-than-normal levels of androgens. High levels of androgens interfere with the development of your eggs and the regular release of your eggs. If a healthy egg isn’t released, it can’t be fertilized by sperm, meaning you can’t get pregnant. A change in lifestyle along with proper exercise and diet can help you manage the syndrome and increase the chances of ovulation thereby increasing your chances of getting pregnant .

Age

Age might be one of the reasons that affect your chances of pregnancy. The quality and quantity of the eggs produced in a woman’s body decrease, as she grows older. The number of eggs starts decreasing in the late 30s and it completely stops somewhere in the 50s for most people.

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