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Facts About Fertility You Might Not Know

September 4, 2018 by  
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by guest blogger Josef Samuels

If you are thinking or even if you have decided to get pregnant congratulations. Becoming a parent is one of the most important and fulfilling things any person can do. By this stage, you words like ovulation and trimester should be very familiar to you, as you have most probably done some research on what the best and most effective ways to get pregnant are. Today we will be discussing the F word. Fertility. While you may have a general understanding of how it all works, there may be some facts about fertility that could surprise you. You can read more about motherhood and pregnancy on Mommy Authority.

Now let’s take a look at some interesting fertility facts you might not know:

Is Ovulation A Myth?

While most people believe that a woman’s ovulation period is the best time to conceive, recent studies have shown that this may not be completely accurate. Sperm can remain active in the female reproductive tract for multiple days after sex. This means that you don’t necessarily have to have intercourse on your ovulation day. According to some findings, instead of focusing on when you are ovulating you should concentrate on the days you are most fertile. In total, a woman is fertile for approximately six days. The ovulation day (the day that the egg is released)  itself and the five days leading up to it. Therefore it is suggested that in order to increase your chances of conception, you should have intercourse two days before ovulation.

Fertility Is Not Only Determined By Health

If you lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle and look after your overall well being – it does not mean for certain that you or even your partner is fertile. Studies have found that roughly 10% of all healthy couples will experience fertility issues while trying to conceive. While there are many contributing factors and variables that account for infertility, it is believed that it is equally the male, female and unknown causes that can be attributed with bringing about fertility problems. Unfortunately, the main contributor to these types of complications is age.

The Role Age Plays

A healthy and normal female’s fertility will generally peak during their mid-20’s and start to decline closer to the age of 30-years, declining even faster as she moves towards 40. This means that if you are in your thirties and are trying to conceive, you should take the proper measures and have intercourse at your most fertile times of the month. If you are over the age of thirty-five it could be advisable to consult a fertility specialist.

Although it has been widely regarded that a woman’s age is the only contributor, recent data has displayed that age-related fertility issues also apply to men. While there is still more research to do in this field, it has been proven that paternal age does play a role as well.

Weight Is A Factor

Statistics show that at least 12 out of a 100 infertility cases are caused by some sort of weight problem. When your body does not receive the proper nourishment, if you are malnourished or have an eating disorder – often times menstruation is not possible. As a body fat index of at least 22% is needed for normal fertility function, women who are underweight can struggle to fall pregnant. The same goes for women that are overweight. As excess body fat has the ability to change and interfere with several chemical reactions and hormones responsible for ovulation. And while shifting your weight up and down with a few pounds could resolve related fertility problems, overeating and crash diets can do more harm than good. It is also important to note that your weight also contributes to your overall health while pregnant.

While getting pregnant may be your first and only concern at the moment, it is crucial to properly educate yourself on your fertility and how you can conceive healthily and happily. With so many factors affecting fertility levels, ensure that you take the appropriate measures to increase your chances of conception.







Your Less-Than Fertile Forties

August 1, 2013 by  
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by Mommy MD Guides blogger Jennifer Bright Reich

My thirties totally snuck up on me. I was busy transitioning from being a Lieutenant in the Army to civilian life back home, gearing up my job with a publishing company, and enjoying married life. It’s amazing how fast the time went.

Finally, at age 35, I was ready to start a family. Fortunately, my fertility cooperated, and I got pregnant easily. Sadly, I watched as many of my friends who were my age and older didn’t have the same experience.

It turns out that I had plenty of company with many women waiting like I did to try to get pregnant. Approximately 20 percent of women wait until age 35 to start trying to get pregnant.

Yet ironically, the time is ticking away much faster than our own biological clocks are. Fertility begins to decline as early as the late 20s. A healthy 30-year-old woman has a 20 percent chance per month to get pregnant. A healthy 40-year-old woman, on the other hand, has only a 5 percent chance of getting pregnant per month according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

So it’s not surprising that Mother Nature needs some help now and then. More than 6.7 million women (almost 11 percent of US women), ages 15 to 44, have impaired fertility or ability to carry a baby to term, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 7.4 million women in the United States have used infertility services, according to the CDC.

Fortunately, infertility specialists, such as the physicians at HRC Fertility’s Pacadena, California, Fertility Clinics, have treatments designed specifically for women in this age group. They understand the diminished fertility of women in their forties and also the additional pregnancy risks women in this age group face. Physicians such as HRC’s Bradford A. Kolb, MD, FACOGJeffrey R. Nelson, DO, FACOOG; and John Wilcox, MD, FACOG, offer help—and hope. HRC has a second office, HRC Fertility’s Rancho Cucamonga, California, Fertility Clinic, where physicians such as  John M. Norian, MD, FACOG, and Jeffrey R. Nelson, DO, FACOOG, work with patients.

Visit www.havingbabies.com for more information on getting pregnant, infertility treatments, and more.


About the author: Jennifer Bright Reich is coauthor of The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, cofounder of MommyMDGuides.com, and a mom of two sons, in Allentown, PA. She was compensated by HRC for this blog but feels so passionately about the topic would have written about it for free.

The information on MommyMDGuides.com is not intended to replace the diagnosis, treatment, and services of a physician. Always consult your physician or child care expert if you have any questions concerning your family's health. For severe or life-threatening conditions, seek immediate medical attention.