Lifestyle factors in people seeking infertility treatment – A review
Article first published online: 11 FEB 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 50, Issue 1, pages 8–20, February 2010
How to Cite
ANDERSON, K., NISENBLAT, V. and NORMAN, R. (2010), Lifestyle factors in people seeking infertility treatment – A review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 50: 8–20. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2009.01119.x
- Issue published online: 11 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 11 FEB 2010
- Received 3 September 2009; accepted 11 November 2009.
Background: Clinical infertility is a prevalent problem with significant financial and psychosocial costs. Modifiable lifestyle factors exist that may affect a person’s time to conception and their chance of having a healthy, live birth. However, no guideline delineates what preconception advice should be offered to people presenting for infertility treatment.
Aim: The aim of this article is to review the literature regarding modifiable lifestyle factors in people seeking infertility treatment.
Results: A person’s time to pregnancy and their chance of having a healthy, live birth may be affected by factors such as weight, vitamin and iodine intake, alcohol and caffeine consumption, smoking, substance abuse, stress, environmental pollutants, vaccinations and oxidative stress.
Conclusions: Advice on modifiable lifestyle factors should be given to people presenting for infertility treatment to help them make positive changes that may improve their chances of pregnancy and delivering a healthy, live baby. Developing a guideline for this would be a prudent step towards helping clinicians to implement this aspect of preconception care.