More people each year have fertility problems. They seek out solutions everywhere from fertility treatments to changes in diet, lifestyle and even try acupuncture. However most of them don’t even know the basic things about fertility. Here are 10 things you probably don’t know about fertility.
1. Fertility is in the genetics
According to research each woman gets born with 2 million eggs in the ovaries which gradually die off with time. For each of your eggs which went through ovulation during reproductive life another 1000 eggs die off in a programmed cell death. The death of the egg cells can be accelerated by many unhealthy habits likes smoking and drinking which both could also cause menopause at an earlier age.
2. Pelvic infections you might not even know you had
10% of infertile women are cases caused by fallopian tubes diseases including complete blockage, tubal malfunctions or pelvic scars. Most of the women with tubal diseases are not even aware that they had gone through a pelvic infection which very often could be chlamydia or other sexually transmitted disease. Often women are unaware of these infections as the symptoms might be almost invisible. To detect such infections doctors are doing a hysterosalnpingogram test (a dye test of the tubes).
3. Regular cycles equal regular ovulation
Regular cycles last as long as 24 to 35 days. That’s how you know that your ovulation is regular. Women with irregular menstrual cycles do not have regular ovulation. Some women can also suffer from the polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS which could cause lack of ovulation.
4. Stress can’t make you infertile
Only extreme and severe cases of stress and emotional upset could interfere with the woman’s cycle. There is research however which shows that lowering stress levels can help boost up chances of getting pregnant a bit. Some women decide to do acupuncture to lower the stress.
5. At 44 you’re probably infertile
After you cross the 43 years of age border the chances for conception even with fertility treatments get very low. While there are cases of women getting pregnant with IVF even after 50 almost all those cases are IVF procedures using donated eggs.
6. You can’t predict ovulation with basal body temperature
Checking the basal body temperature was practiced by many women. It is the process of taking the oral body temperature in the morning just when you get out of bed. This way ought to notice the rise of the temperature which would be a sign of progesterone production. This method is not efficient as the temperature rises after the ovulation. That’s why timing gets so difficult and it’s not that easy to find the best time for the intercourse. It is better to use kits such as Clearblue Easy.
7. Diet isn’t very significant
Although there are foods that could have a positive impact on fertility there’s little scientific proof that fertility could be significantly enhanced with food. There is however a link between infertility and overweight and obesity. A healthy diet and lifestyle can however have an overall good influence on your entire organism.
8. Vitamin D helps fertility
There is research and study according to which vitamin D has influence on rates of conception. The study showed that women that underwent fertility treatments and had lower levels of vitamin D could have lower conception rates. Vitamin D is very significant to a healthy pregnancy.
9. Being a father doesn’t mean next kid is a guarantee
With passage of time the sperm count can decrease. The fact a man once fathered a kid doesn’t mean the next time is for sure. Sperm count can diminish and sperm quality can get worse. You can do a semen analysis to check whether your sperm is healthy.
10. Overweight and underweight can both lower fertility
Hundreds of studies show that being underweight or overweight will make you less fertile. If your body mass index is more than 32 or less than 18 than you might have problems with ovulating and with getting pregnant.