Fertility is much more complicated than many people think, and there are many surprising things that can affect it.

There is nothing more frustrating than unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for months or even years. However, fertility is more than just about your genetics, and there are many things that can affect your ability to conceive. In our last blog, our nurse midwife in Bradenton went over a few surprising things that can affect your fertility. Here are a few more:

#4. Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Most women know to avoid alcohol once they conceive, but did you know that you shouldn’t drink alcohol excessively while you are still trying to conceive? Drinking too much can make it difficult for women to get pregnant, and it can affect sperm quality in men.

#5. Smoking

If you’ve been looking for yet another reason to stop smoking, you’re in luck. Women who smoke cigarettes have a 60 percent higher chance of experiencing infertility, and it can also take up to 40 percent longer for women who smoke to conceive.

#6. Not Mixing it Up

Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t one position that makes you more likely to conceive, and if you force yourself to have sex in the same position all the time, it can take the fun out of your sex life. The truth is that the best way to get pregnant is to enjoy sex, which often means switching up positions every now and then.

In our next blog, we’ll be finishing this series with the last two things that can affect your fertility, so if you would like to learn more, please stay tuned!