Find out from the experts how working from home can impact reproductive health and fertility
Dr Pallavi Prasad reveals how working from home can impact your reproductive and male and female fertility. Find out more.
Covid19 has not only been successful in affecting the health of human beings, but has also managed to impact the way we live. To keep people safe and away from this deadly disease, the whole world has started online activities like the work at home module. With people sitting at home working tirelessly for hours on end, there are several health implications. These health problems must be treated to avoid further health complications.
While stress from excessive workload doesn’t directly cause infertility, it can affect your lifestyle, which can impact your chances of getting pregnant. To relieve the feeling of being overwhelmed or exhausted by so much stress from working from home, it is recommended that you seek help with stress relief. Therapy may not directly help conceive, but it can reduce your stress levels, allowing you to make healthier lifestyle choices which, in turn, positively affect your reproductive health and fertility.
Does working from home worsen our reproductive health?
Due to the long hours of working from home, people are locked in four walls, which can lead to lack of vitamin D in the body. Lack of vitamin D has been linked to many fertility problems. Working from home has made people extremely lethargic, dull and there is a lack of movement which can lead to weight gain. This can be problematic if someone wants to conceive and with the increase in weight it becomes difficult for women to bear a child, and the quality, quantity and motility of sperm in men also decrease.
Working from home not only has an impact on the eyes, but it also increases the stress and anxiety to complete the job at hand. Contrary to the belief that some people still have, the uterus does not control the cycles, but the brain does. Many people will be surprised to learn that stress, anxiety, diet, and lifestyle habits can affect your period. Many women have been diagnosed with fertility-related issues while in confinement as the sedentary lifestyle took hold. Working from home has not only made our life extremely boring, but has also successfully impacted the reproductive health of both men and women.
How to reconcile career and fertility?
Earlier, work-life balance was determined by the number of hours worked versus time spent at home. In the current scenario, this does not happen because more work is done online. It impacts physical health like screen fatigue, but that’s not all, it can affect fertility as well. Here are some simple tips for staying healthy:
Meditate for a few minutes and be with your thoughts, as this may help you align your thoughts.
Start eating healthy and increasing your water intake, because healthy diet is very important for a healthy body.
Excessive consumption of coffee, alcohol and tobacco should be stopped.
One can practice yoga because it has been found to be very beneficial for both women and men by improving their fertility.
Follow a regular, healthy routine that includes exercise, regular water intake, and a healthy diet.
About the Author: Dr Pallavi Prasad, Fertility Consultant at NOVA IVF Fertility Bengaluru.
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