If you’re trying to get pregnant or even thinking you may want to in the next couple of years, there are a number of things you ought to know about the fertility of you and your spouse.
More so, there are a number of common misconceptions about fertility, pregnancy and the reproductive system that have been debunked. Here are seven things about fertility and pregnancy you definitely should know about.
Egg Freezing Is A Good Option
One way of preserving your fertility is egg freezing. While prices vary depending on the fertility clinic you choose, most of the time, patients aim to get as many eggs stored away as possible. The earlier in your life that you freeze your eggs, the better chances of success you will have.
A woman who freezes her eggs at 30 may get 10 to 20 oocytes frozen. However, If she were to wait to seek treatment until she is older, say 37, it’s possible that if she needs IVF, she may only get 4 or 5 eggs. Early preservation is always cheaper than multiple cycles later in life.
It’s also important to note that there are no guarantees once you go to thaw and you use your eggs, but for many women, it’s not only a physical but a mental reassurance that they can have a family one day.
Every Day Sex May Not Guarantee Pregnancy
Though it might seem counterproductive to hold back on sex when you’re trying to make a baby, doctors advise couples to really capitalize on those brief moments in which the woman’s fertility window is wide open.
The window is usually during the few (~5) days just before and around ovulation. Ovulation generally occurs approximately 14 days before the onset of the next menstrual period. “Couples should have intercourse every 1 to 2 days during the fertile window.
Not Only Age Affects Fertility
If you’ve ever felt the pressure from a family member to start a family, chances are your age is brought into the equation. The simple truth however is that a lot of women become infertile in their 20s, but don’t discover it until they begin trying to conceive.
As a general rule of thumb (note that it varies by the woman, the couple, and family history), women who are under 35 years old should try to get pregnant for a year before seeking medical attention, while those 35+ should give it six months before trying fertility treatments.
The Quality And Quantity Of Eggs Decreases With Time
The reason why our 30s receive a lot of attention is due to the fact that the older women get, the less fertile they become and the more likely their infants will have health issues. The number and quality of eggs decreases as women get older, making it more difficult to conceive.
In addition, the risks of miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities in the foetus increase as women get older.
Infertility Crosses Gender Divides
While women tend to carry the burden of fertility, it takes two to make a baby. When you’re being tested for infertility, both partners will be examined to see what issues are going on.
As much as 40 percent of infertility is due to female disorders, another 40 percent is due to male disorders, and approximately 20 percent is of an unclear reason.
Experts note that certain lubricants, including KY Jelly, used during intercourse can decrease sperm motility or survival. You should also pay particular attention to your diet and lifestyle, if you and your partner are trying to have a child.
Decline In Fertility Is Unpredictable
Everyone’s body is an individualized, personal case and individual fertility can be unpredictable. While not having your period on a regular basis could hint to something wrong going on with your reproductive system, it could also just mean you’re very stressed.
Everything has to do with what’s going on, at the time you’re getting tested. Many assessments of fertility are impacted by the timing and type of test, and we know that when people make lifestyle changes, fertility can change.
Many Causes Of Infertility Are Reversible
Many causes of infertility can be easily reversed and solved with simple surgeries. These include blocked fallopian tubes, fibroids in the uterus, cysts on the ovaries, thyroid abnormalities, and others.
After these procedures, most women go on to get pregnant on their own, or with the help of IVF treatments.