It is already a known fact that our lifestyle, food habits and addictions affect our fertility . There is a pretty long list of evidences about the effect of addictions on our chances of having children. Here is detailed discussion about how addictions like caffeine, alcohol or smoking can kill all hopes of parenting babies.

Caffeine

Caffeine is mostly found in Coffee, tea, some cold drinks and chocolates, It has been seen that consumption of Caffeine over a certain extent might lead to delayed pregnancy and might affect the health of the fetus. It is also said to affect the ovulation process and cause hormonal imbalance. Caffeine is also associated with the higher follicular E2 levels in females. A study reveals that women who consume less than a cup of coffee every day is twice likely to get pregnant compared to regular coffee drinkers. Increased amount of Caffeine intake might not result in live births in cases of couple seeking ART. They might fail to conceive or have miscarriages.

Alcohol

Alcohol affects both male and female fertility . Alcohol addictions in would-be- moms can be dangerous for the health of the unborn child. In it is often associated to impotence, lower libido and poor sperm quality in men. This type of addiction is also strictly prohibited for couples undertaking ART for having a baby. Alcohol can reduce the chances of successful conception and live child birth with ART.

Smoking

This is the commonest of all addictions,found both in men and women. Smoking results in delayed pregnancy in women. Women who are chain smokers might have their babies with low birth weights and birth defects. Smoking can also induce early menopause. In men, smoking spoils the DNA quality of the sperms. Studies reveal that more than 20 cigarettes per day for a man can make his future child vulnerable to childhood leukemia and make his daughter have less productive life span.

However, you can always save yourself from the grasp of infertility by saying ‘no’ to these addictions. Being self-poised is the best way to boost your chances of having a healthy family.

Source: The Fertility Society Of Australia