Weight is a contributing factor in fertility. Weighing too much or too little can alter your body’s hormonal function and chances for a successful pregnancy. When body-fat levels exceed 10-15% above normal, an overload of estrogen can throw off the reproductive cycle. On the other end of the spectrum, body-fat levels 10-15% below normal can shut down the reproductive process completely.
Smoking decreases pregnancy rates and increases the chance for a miscarriage. Women should avoid all forms of tobacco products, including exposure to second-hand smoke.
Increased stress can have a profound impact on your sense of emotional and physical well-being. Feelings of depression, anxiety, frustration, isolation and anger are all common among women experiencing difficulty with conception. Some studies have shown a correlation between pregnancy rates and a woman’s degree of emotional distress.