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The Surprising Link Between Heart Disease & Infertility

February 15, 2018
By REACH Fertility

Heart disease and infertility may not seem to be related at first glance, but they are more closely related than you would think. While there is no evidence that one causes the other, there is a strong correlation between men and women who struggle with infertility and then go on to develop heart disease later in life. The fertility experts of REACH are here to shed some light on the connection between heart disease and infertility – and what you can do to reduce your risk.

 

Infertility & General Health

If you’re experiencing infertility, it could be a red flag for other health issues. Men and women struggling with infertility have been shown to face an increased risk of developing chronic conditions later in life. Men, in particular, face a greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and substance abuse problems if they are also infertile.

Underlying health issues are also uncovered during the extensive testing couples undergo when starting fertility treatment. For many men and women, the possibility of developing a metabolic disease isn’t even on their radar until they undergo a full fertility workup. These fertility workups provide patients with valuable information about their current overall health and potential future concerns.

For more information on the connection between chronic diseases and infertility, contact the fertility experts of REACH in Charlotte, North Carolina at 888-551-0874.

PCOS is tied to both infertility and heart disease

One of the most common causes of infertility among women is PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). PCOS causes menstrual issues, problems ovulating, hair loss, insulin issues, acne, and even depression. These women also tend to have higher rates of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood, putting them at even higher risk for heart disease. If left untreated, PCOS can have long term consequences for a woman’s health.

If you think you may have PCOS and would like to learn about your treatment options, schedule an appointment with the experts of REACH in Charlotte, North Carolina today.

 

What you can do to lower your risk

Some men and women are genetically pre-disposed to certain conditions, but everyone can work towards making better lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of developing heart disease. Adopting a heart healthy lifestyle can help mitigate your chances of developing health issues. Embracing a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and learning how to manage your stress are all great ways to lower your risk for heart disease, improve fertility, and increase overall wellness and health.

While there is a link between infertility and heart disease, the fertility testing many infertile men and women undergo can provide them with valuable information about their general health. Schedule an appointment with one of our specialists today by calling us at 888-551-0874.