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Diabetes And High Blood Pressure Can Affect Fertility: Tips To Protect Your Reproductive Health

Here are some expert tips to protect your reproductive health and increase your chances of conceiving, if you have diabetes or high blood pressure.

Written by Longjam Dineshwori | Updated : March 16, 2023 10:12 AM IST

Reproductive Health In People With Diabetes Or Hypertension

If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you should take utmost care of your reproductive health. If one’s diabetes is not managed properly then problems may arise while trying to conceive. Diabetes can lead to infertility in couples. Moreover, men can also have erectile dysfunction due to high blood sugar levels. Hence, managing diabetes is important to regularise menstruation in women, reduce erection problems in men, increase testosterone levels, and cut down the risk of congenital problems in babies. Just like diabetes, high blood pressure is also a cause of concern for couples trying to conceive. Those with high blood pressure can have lower libido and less interest in intimacy if the condition is leading to fatigue. Hypertension, especially gestational hypertension, can cause multi organ imbalance in pregnant women. Here, Dr Veena Aurangabadwala, Gynaecologist, Zen Multispeciality Hospital, Chembur, has suggested some vital tips people with diabetes or high blood pressure should follow to protect their reproductive health.

Eat Healthy And Exercise Daily

Stick to a well-balanced diet and exercise daily in order to maintain your blood pressure and blood sugar levels in the recommended range. Take supplements recommended by the doctor only. If you’re starting any new exercises, do it under the guidance of a fitness trainer.

Speak To Your Doctor Before Conceiving

If you are planning to become pregnant, then you will have to speak to the doctor regarding the management of these comorbidities and may require a change to antidiabetic and antihypertensive medications that would be safe during pregnancy.