Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Unable to Conceive Prevention

Prevention of infertility includes:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Avoid alcohol, or drink alcohol in moderation:
    • For men: no more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day
    • For women: no more than 1 alcoholic beverage per day
  • Avoid exposure to industrial toxins:
    • Lead
    • Cadmium
    • Arsenic
    • Mercury
  • Reduce the risk for sexually transmitted disease:
    • Do not have sex with multiple sexual partners.
    • Do not have with anyone who has oral or genital sores.
    • Do not have sex with anyone who has a penile discharge or vaginal discharge.
    • Do not use petroleum jelly in the vagina.
    • Do not have sex with a partner who has intercourse with others.
    • Practice safe sex: use condoms.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Eat a low fat diet.

Prevention for Men
  • Avoid firm narrow bike seats:
    • Some bike saddles increase the risk of impotence.
  • Regular exercise program
  • Avoid hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas.
  • Avoid restrictive clothing.

Prevention for Women
  • Take vitamin B supplements.
  • Avoid activities that disrupt normal ovulation:
    • Intense physical conditioning
    • Dieting that results in rapid weight loss

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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