The impact high cholesterol can have on your heart health is well-documented, however, a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) study shows it may even affect your ability to conceive.
How High Cholesterol Impacts Fertility
The recent study found that in couples where each partner had high cholesterol levels the time it took to conceive was the greatest among their test participants. Additionally, in couples where only the woman had high cholesterol the time to conceive was still longer than those couples who had acceptable cholesterol levels in both the man and woman.
Though it’s not entirely clear why high cholesterol leads to possible infertility, researchers believe it is due to the way the body uses cholesterol to manufacture sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen.
Reduce Your Risk
In general, it’s a good idea to have your cholesterol levels checked after the age of 20 every four to six years to ensure it is at acceptable levels. If you are trying to conceive and are having trouble, it may be an issue that begins with your cholesterol levels. You can reduce your risk of infertility and increase your chances of conception by maintaining healthy cholesterol levels through diet and exercise.