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Lifestyle Factors That Influence Fertility

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Lifestyle factors that influence fertility include weight problems and smoking. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine reports that 12% of infertility cases are the result of women weighing either too much or too little.1 Maintaining a healthy weight can help increase the chances of getting pregnant.

Smoking can also reduce fertility by affecting ovulation and reducing the amount or quality of cervical mucus. For more information on the effects of tobacco use on pregnancy go to the CDC website on pregnancy and smoking.


  1. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. (2012). Quick facts about infertility. Retrieved June 11, 2012, from http://www.asrm.org/detail.aspx?id=2322 External Web Site Policy [top]

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Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
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