Each reproductive journey is unique and deeply personal. From enjoying healthy intimacy to starting or growing a family, Cache Valley Women’s Center at the Lodge in Logan, Utah is here to listen and support you along the way.
We believe in our patients having their voices heard and taking an active role in boosting and bettering their reproductive health. Whether you’re in the planning stages, actively trying to conceive, or undergoing infertility treatments, here are a few strategies for supporting and helping you reach your goal of optimal health, fertility, and healthy pregnancy.
Consume A Healthy Diet
Focus on a consistent diet that includes antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Take a prenatal vitamin daily, drink plenty of water, and include plenty of fruits and vegetables and protein sources in your meals.
Aim For Adequate, Healthy Sleep
Lack of sleep can negatively impact the body in a variety of ways—including suppressing ovulation, affecting thyroid and adrenal gland function, and contributing to hormonal imbalances. On the flip side, quality sleep can help the body produce healthy amounts of fertility hormones like estrogen, progesterone, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).
Maintain a regular sleep routine and do you best to consistently get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Give yourself a break from your phone and other electronics within an hour before bedtime, avoid large snacks before bed, and try going outdoors or getting light exercise when you wake to help give you a boost as you start your day.
If You’re Not Trying To Conceive, Find The Right Contraception
Planning the timing for your pregnancy is a great way to promote the health and happiness of yourself, your baby, and your family. Explore the birth control options available, like the pill, implants, or an IUD, and talk to your provider about which options could be best for you.
Find Healthy Ways To Manage Stress
Stress is a natural response to the situations we face in life. However, prolonged periods of intense or chronic stress can negatively impact the body in various ways—including reproductive health and infertility.
The reason for this is that feelings of anxiousness or stress cause our bodies to produce high levels of cortisol, which can lead to weight gain, difficulty sleeping, decreased sperm quality, and suppressed ovulation.
Practicing routine meditation and exercise and getting adequate sleep can all help keep stress at a healthy and manageable level. If you don’t experience relief with these coping techniques, consult with your doctor for additional help and resources.
Protect Yourself Against Sexually Transmitted Infections
Sexually transmitted infections impact about 19 million people each year in the U.S. The good news is, there are effective steps you can take to reduce your risk. Learn about how to protect both yourself and your partner, then put these practices into consistent action.
If you do experience symptoms, consult with your healthcare provider right away. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical for preventing lasting effects on your health, including infertility.
Keep Up With Your Routine OB/GYN Visits
Be sure to visit your health care provider at least on an annual basis for a well check, and get preventative screenings like pap smears within the recommended timelines. If you do notice any symptoms or conditions, contact your doctor in a timely manner.
Choose Healthy Relationships
Maintain healthy communication and mutual respect with your sexual partner. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t be afraid to reach out for resources.
Cache Valley Women’s Center At The Lodge In Logan, Utah
Our team is here to help as you take steps toward better sexual and reproductive health. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable and empowered throughout your journey. We hear you, and look forward to serving you.