10 surprising fertility facts

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How much do you really know about conception and staying fertile? Here are ten surprising fertility facts that every couple should know.Fertility Facts

  1. You’re most fertile before you ovulate – A woman is fertile for a period of six days, the five days leading up to ovulation (when the egg is released from the ovary) and the day of ovulation. Sperm can live in the female reproductive tract for up to three days after intercourse. A study by the National Institute of Environmental Sciences found that a woman ‘s capacity to conceive seems to end on ovulation day. Melissa Holmes, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston warn women who are charting their basal body temperature, who are waiting for their temperature to go up to have intercourse that they’re too late. She recommends using ovulation kits because they let you know when you’re about to ovulate. Having sex on the two days prior to ovulation offers the greatest chance of conception.
  2. Keep Cool – Wearing clothing that is too tight keeping the scrotum’s cooped up can reduce the sperm production. Even a one-degree increase in body temp can reduce sperm production. Ideal temperature is at a cool 94- to 96-degree F temp.
  3. Your weight affects your ability to conceive – Weight not only potentially impacts fertility but pregnancy as well. Twelve percent of all infertility cases are rooted in weight issues. If you are under weight or over exercise it can affect your bodies ability to menstruate. A minimum of 22 percent body fat is necessary for normal ovulation and reproductive competence. Being overweight can alter hormone chemistry and help prevent ovulation. Facts reveal more than 70 percent of women conceive spontaneously once they reach healthy weight parameters. Overweight women who become pregnant are at greater risk for pregnancy-related high blood pressure and diabetes, and underweight women are more likely to deliver a low birth weight baby.
  4. Couples in their thirties having unprotected sex only have a 15-percent chance of conceiving each month
  5. Full Fat V Semi-Skimmed – Researchers found that one or more daily servings of full-fat dairy actually decreases the risk of infertility, while low-fat dairy products don’t have those helpful high levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones. In other words: It’s ok to have that full fat milkshake.
  6. Folic acid is important –  Half of women don’t know they should be taking folic acid supplements before pregnancy. 50 percent of women of reproductive age are unaware that they should be taking multivitamins with folic acid to prevent neural-tube defects, such as spina bifida.
  7. Lubricant won’t help sperm – It could actually prevent you from getting pregnant. Most lubricants change the pH or acid balance inside the vagina, and that in turn may affect sperm motility and ultimately prevent, or at least reduce the chances of a pregnancy occurring. If you find you must use a lubricant try natural vegetable products, such as olive oil, which is less likely to cause sperm any serious problems.
  8. 8 percent of men younger than 25 fail to impregnate their partner after a year of trying, that number grows to 15 percent after age 35.
  9. 1/3 of fertility problems is female factor, 1/3 is male factor and 1/3 is unidentifiable or both partners.
  10. One in 10 healthy couples (of reproductive age) will experience fertility problems

 

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