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Working Hours & Fertility: What's the Link?

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

Jobs these days are really taxing as it seems that we can never stay relaxed or reach home on time due to our job schedule. If you are trying to conceive and your job demands 15-16 hours from your time schedule then you might face difficulty in conceiving.



Long hours of work increases the stress mentally and physically that affects the reproductive system by confusing the brain’s hormone centre. This might delay the brain in sending the signal to the ovaries to release the egg and this further delays the ovulation process.

Your mood swings will increase and this will have an adverse effect on your relationship with your spouse. You may not get the urge to indulge in intimacy with your partner that will mar your chances of being pregnant.

If you really want to get pregnant then you need to stay away from stressful situations. Manage your work and personal life accordingly by talking to your employer about your situation. If he or she is understanding enough then you will get enough time to relax and this will decrease your stressful condition.

Stress and Infertility

Stress leads to fertility problems in women and you need to get fertility treatments done that are expensive too. You can’t leave your job in such case and stress cannot go hand in hand with such treatments. So at any cost you need to cut back stress and then you can think of family planning.

Those women who work for more than 40 hours in a week and lift heavy loads take longer time to get pregnant than those who are not in a job or do not have to do such cumbersome works.

Even obese women can’t get through their pregnancy cycle due to their weight and health issues. Being overweight and underweight causes a lot of problem in conceiving, so it is very necessary to have a healthy weight and lifestyle to pave way for a smooth pregnancy.

Cut down on all the bad habits like smoking, drinking caffeine and alcohol and sleeping at late night hours. This leads to infertility as this disturbs your hormone cycle and delays your pregnancy big time. Get 8 hours sleep every night and live a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet and stay away from junk and unhealthy food at any cost.

Those who have irregular menstrual cycle are at a risk of delayed pregnancy as this also means that the hormone cycle is already disturbed. Once the hormones are in check, this will make ovulation and menstrual cycle regular, leading to pregnancy on a much faster rate.

Those women who are in rotational shift jobs are also at a higher risk of delayed pregnancy as this leaves their body clock in a confusion. When it’s time for you to sleep then you are working and when it is time for you to work then you tend to sleep. You need to find a job where you have fixed working hours and your body can relax and get a proper routine to adjust accordingly.

For getting pregnant, it is very important to have sex, so indulge in physical intimacy twice or thrice in a week during your ovulation period. You and your partner should be able to understand the importance of ovulation period and talk to your doctor about this if you have any doubts regarding the ovulation dates.

You need to exercise regularly in order to keep your body fit and fine. Once your body is fit and healthy then you will have much bright chances of getting pregnant faster. If you are not keeping your lifestyle healthy then you can have more issues in getting pregnant faster. So keep up the pace and stay healthy by indulging in meditation, yoga and regular exercise.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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