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Lifestyle Substances

Lifestyle Substances are things we can adjust how much we have in our lives. They all affect health and fertility, and managing how we engage with them is a lot easier once we know how they affect us, for better or worse.

Not all the substances we list are bad; some drugs keep us alive, and supplements can be excellent at the right doses for the right person. Lifestyle choices can dramatically improve or worsen health and fertility, and enhancing your personal health through lifestyle also brings significant benefits to your children’s health and fertility. Personalised information on lifestyle and diet is one part of the morefertile® personal fertility profiles (PFPs), which identify ways for each of us to maximise our fertility.

The six lifestyle substances morefertile® covers are:

1. Alcohol

Alcohol is often involved in bringing people together and forming partnerships, but there are also significant drawbacks to alcohol when it comes to having children. We explore the impact on both sexes and how it changes with age.

2. Caffeine

Caffeine is consumed in large quantities globally, but too much can reduce fertility and endanger pregnancies (especially for certain women). Quite how caffeine is consumed varies, which seems to change how it affects us.

3. Diet

Diet is a core health issue, and it adjusts hormones, weight, the microbiome, mood and much more. General aspects of different diets and fertility are covered, but more specific advice is available in the PFPs information.

4. Drugs

Drugs can be essential for staying alive, and they can also be recreational or occasional, but all of them have some sort of effect on fertility. We list a wide range of drugs and their impact on (mainly male) fertility levels.

5. Smoking

Smoking ages the body by introducing toxins into the body, which isn’t good for general health or fertility. We explore the impacts of smoking tobacco on men, women and their unborn children.

6. Supplements

Minerals and vitamins are ideally obtained from the diet, and supplements are generally considered good for fertility levels. However, product quality makes a massive difference, as does the quantity needed for each person, which can be personalised.

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