One in 10 women will have trouble getting or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Whether you’re actively trying to conceive or aren’t even thinking about babies yet, the little things you’re doing now can actually have a serious impact on your current and future reproductive health.
Here are a few small things you might be doing that can affect your fertility
Boxed macaroni and cheese could be hurting your fertility.
In 2017, the Coalition for Safer Food Processing and Packaging tested 30 varieties of cheese products. Researchers found that 29 of those cheese products tested positive for the presence of phthalates, which are hormone-disrupting chemicals found in things like plastics, rubbers, adhesives, and fragrance.
Average phthalate levels were more than four times higher in macaroni and cheese powder than in natural cheese products. The average parts per billion (ppb) concentration of the harmful contaminants in cheese powder was 940, while the natural cheese products tested contained an average of 216 ppb.
Not flossing might be damaging your fertility.
Here’s another reason not to skip flossing tonight – according to Verywell Health, people suffering from dental problems like gingivitis and periodontal disease are more likely to face infertility issues.
People with fertility-affecting conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis are more likely to be diagnosed with gum disease than the general population. People with erectile dysfunction and low sperm count are also more likely to suffer from gum problems.
Your coffee addiction might be hindering your pregnancy plans.
If you chug coffee like it’s water, you might be messing with your fertility. A 2011 study found that caffeine can interfere with the muscle contractions that push eggs from the ovaries to the uterus.
Additionally, a 2012 study conducted in Denmark suggested that women who drink five cups or more of coffee per day are half as likely to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization.
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