For those who are struggling to get pregnant, a new online tool shows how small lifestyle changes can make a huge difference when trying to conceive.
Apricity, a virtual fertility clinic, recently launched its online fertility predictor tool that allows those trying to conceive to input personal information to see if they are in prime shape to get pregnant. Information such as weight, amount of alcoholic drinks consumed weekly, and whether or not the woman is a smoker is all collected via a short quiz. Once the quiz is completed, a percentage will be displayed as to how likely a woman is to conceive and how the answers she provided affect that percentage.
For those who have used the platform, the information collected has shown that weight is the largest contributing factor to those who have problems with falling pregnant, according to mobi health news. The results showed that losing just over 15 pounds for a woman who has a BMI of 25 or greater, increased the “chances of pregnancy by 60%.”
While being overweight was the most significant factor when it came to fertility issues, other lifestyle choices played a part as well.
According to 247newsonline, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can contribute to an inability to get pregnant. By decreasing alcoholic drinks to less than four per week, there is a 19% increased chance of getting pregnant, per the publication.
For those who smoke, choosing to quit smoking played a significant factor in whether or not a woman could conceive as well. This is because when smoking was stopped, the chance of becoming pregnant increased by 49%, according to mobi health news.
Over the next few months, Apricity plans to add other lifestyle factors that can be included in the tool to help determine how likely a woman is to get pregnant. According to Guided Solutions, factors such as “stress, sleep, and nutrition” are going to be included in the quiz and women can see how they can improve those factors to increase their chances of getting pregnant.
This tool is important because it allows women to see what areas they might need improvement in without having to feel embarrassed by speaking to a healthcare professional. When it comes to things such as weight, it can be a difficult thing for a woman to bring up to her doctor, but for her doctor to address as well.
Dr. Mara Kotrotsou, the chief medical officer for Apricity, communicated this fact to numerous news outlets as well, saying, “Doctors often struggle to have frank discussions with patients about the impact of weight on the chances of pregnancy.” She went on to say that she hopes the tool will serve as “motivation” to make small lifestyle changes that will “dramatically increase” a woman’s chance to conceive.
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