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Things to Avoid when Getting Fertility Treatments

Getting fertility treatments can be especially difficult on several levels. Forgetting for a moment the cost of some of the more advanced fertility treatments, the whole process can be a whirlwind of emotion for both you and for your partner. Working through all of the hope, expectancy and disappointment can be difficult, at best.

If you want to maximize not only your odds of successfully getting pregnant but also your overall wellbeing while getting fertility treatments, there are some things that you should avoid. Among those things are:

  • Alcohol. Alcohol, even in relatively small amounts, can affect a man’s sperm count as well as his sperm motility. It can also hinder a woman’s fertility, as well. If you do become pregnant while you’re getting fertility treatments and you consume a large amount of alcohol, that can negatively impact your baby’s development at a very critical time, as well.
  • Tobacco. Like alcohol, smoking can also affect your ability to conceive. Nicotine will affect the hormones that are involved in fertility. Smoking is also thought to cause problems with the way that the egg moves through the reproductive tract during ovulation. Here again, if you do become pregnant while getting fertility treatments and are smoking, that can also impact your baby.
  • Imbalanced diets. Your body does what it does based on certain basic building blocks found in food. If you’re not getting enough of the specific nutrients that help with conception and help your baby to grow and develop, you’re going to have problems.
  • Too much sex. While the evidence is somewhat inconclusive up to this point, there are experts who suggest that the highest concentration of sperm count is likely to occur after the second or third ejaculation over a couple of day period. Abstaining from sex in the time leading up to ovulation may help to make sure your sperm production is at its peak.

Your doctor may have some other advice about things that she’d like you to avoid while you’re getting fertility treatments, or things that may be specific to your situation as well.


Last modified: February 10, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.