Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 03:44 pm

Have you been trying to conceive for a while now without success? While your periods may be regular, some everyday activities can impact your chances of conception.

Fertility sollutions founder Leigh-ann Geydien shares the most common reasons you could be trying to get pregnant and just not concieving.

Your timing is off

Too much sex or too little sex could mean you’re missing out on sex when you are most fertile.
If you indulge in a lot of sex only to have babies, it could lead to burnout, fatigue, depleting your energy. When the actual Fertile window is open, either partner may not be interested in sex and, as a couple, you lose an opportunity to conceive.
Having too little sex or not having sex for many days may affect your conception and, you could miss your fertile phase.

You are stressed

Stress will take a toll on your health; both physically and mentally and affect your ability to get pregnant.
Other emotional disturbances; such as depression and anxiety, can lower your fertility levels.
This doesn’t only affect women. Men’s fertility is also affected by stress. One of the primary and top causes of infertility is low sperm count and poor sperm motility due to structural abnormalities. This factor accounts for 30% to 40% of infertility problems in couples.


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You’re skipping the after sex cuddles

While there may be health benefits to heading straight for the bathroom after sex including; avoiding UTIs when you’re trying to conceive, it is important to give fertilization a fighting chance.

Wait a few minutes after sex before hurrying to the bathroom to clean up or wash. It is essential to stay in bed for some time after sex to ensure that the sperm gets a chance to reach the egg and fertilize it.

If you ever needed an excuse for some extra cuddle time, this is it.


You aren’t sleeping enough

Sleep deprivation can strain and exhaust the body and affect the functions of the immune system.
This increases your chances of getting infections and in turn, affects the reproductive cycle.

Getting enought rest helps maintain your body and keep all your systems, including your reproductive system in peak working condition.


You’re using too much lubricant

Overuse of vaginal lubricants negatively affect the motility of the sperm and interfere with fertilization. This is true for both over-the-counter and homemade lubricants.

Lifestyle factors
Poor lifestyle factors such as Being underweight, overweight, smoking, drinking, drug abuse and caffeine affect your fertility. In men, these factors decrease sperm count and motility. In females, they cause irregular ovulation.


Environmental factors

Environmental toxins are known to harm both men and women. Exposure to pollutants such as chemicals, pesticides, cigarette smoke, polychlorinated biphenyls, plastics, food packaging and personal care products such as soaps, shampoos and cosmetics could affect your health.


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