Fertility planning doesn’t have to wait until you’re actively trying to have children. Setting fertility goals can help you on your fertility and family planning journey.
As humans, we often set goals for the future and actively work towards them. Goals can center around things like personal finance, health and wellness, and starting a family. Some people even set fertility goals. People often set goals in multiple areas and work towards them concurrently.
Taking steps or setting goals for your fertility does not have to wait until you’re actively trying to have children. Fertility is something that those who are interested in having children one day—whether in the near future, a few years, or beyond that—should keep in mind.
Many people assume that they are fertile and can have children on the desired timeline, and this is sometimes true. However, there are a number of factors that may impact fertility and actions you can take to help to put you in the best position to have kids when you are ready to.
Some examples of fertility goals include:
- Learning more about your fertility – Fertility testing is a way for people to get a better understanding of their fertility and potential next steps
- Staying active – various lifestyle factors impact fertility, and staying active can have impacts on factors like BMI
- Making healthy lifestyle choices – Modifying lifestyle factors that can negatively impact fertility, like smoking and alcohol consumption, can have a positive impact on both fertility and overall wellness
- Including your partner – it takes two to tango. Infertility can be caused by female factors, male factors, or both.
There is power in numbers, so when setting goals, it may be helpful to include a partner, healthcare provider, or confidant. Writing down goals and keeping track of your goals can also help you on your path to achieving them.