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Fertility
October 8, 2019

How stress can influence your fertility

Could stress really prevent you from getting pregnant? Stress, depression and anxiety are described as common consequences of infertility. While stress alone doesn’t necessarily cause infertility, it can push a person toward unhealthy behaviours. These unhealthy behaviours can affect your fertility.
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Fertility
May 13, 2019

Struggling to fall pregnant? It could be an ovarian cyst

Ovarian cysts are more common than you realize. Often, they don’t present with symptoms, but sometimes they can create a lot of trouble – including infertility.
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Fertility
October 24, 2017

Can you choose your baby’s gender?

You’ve wanted a little girl ever since you were a little girl yourself. Or maybe your husband is keen for a boy to play sports with. Is it possible to choose the gender of your baby? Let’s first understand how gender works. All women’s eggs carry the X chromosome. Sperm carries either an X or Y chromosome. X is for girls, Y for boys. If the Y-bearing sperm penetrates the egg, then the baby is a boy. If the X-bearing sperm penetrate, then the baby is a girl. It basically comes down to which sperm gets to the egg first, and…
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Fertility
August 28, 2017

Your sperm ages with you. Here’s how to save them

There’s no need to rush into fatherhood, but men, just like women, shouldn’t wait too long to have a baby. Even though most men can have children well into their 50s, fertility becomes challenging after the age of 40. This is because ageing affects every cell in your body, including your sperm cells. Your swimmers age too As you grow older, your sperm quality decreases. Their morphology (size, shape and appearance) and motility (the ability of sperm to move towards an egg) deteriorate with age, and the volume of semen also begins to decline. Research published in Fertility & Sterility found…
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Fertility
July 9, 2017

Infertility: there is hope!

It’s heartbreaking to realise you may not be able to get pregnant. Infertility is not the end of the road, though. Medically defined, infertility is the inability to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse in women under 35, or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term. In South Africa, it’s estimated that one in six couples struggle with infertility. As doctors and experts understand, lifestyle factors can wreak havoc on fertility. Dr Paul le Roux from Cape Fertility concedes that infertility is on the increase in SA, at least 10% each year. “Women are now delaying childbearing until…
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FertilityPregnancy
November 13, 2016

Reasons why you’re not falling pregnant

The equation for making a baby is quite simple: all you need is  1 Man + 1 Woman + Sex = Baby, right? Unfortunately, it's not always that simple. And the problem can be either with the men, or the woman. Here are the top factors that affect fertility in men, and in women. (more…)
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Fertility
July 21, 2016

The top 5 factors that affect female fertility

When it comes to female fertility and conceiving, there are a lot of different factors that come into play: from age to lifestyle and nutrition. Here we take a look at the Top 5 Factors that Affect Female Fertility. Don’t forget to also check out our infographic on the Top Factors that Affect Male Fertility. (more…)
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Fertility
April 15, 2016

The top 5 factors that affect male fertility

When it comes to making a baby, everyone knows it takes two to tango, but did you know that male fertility issues account for around half of the problems a couple might experience when trying to conceive? Here we take a look at the Top Factors that Affect Male Fertility. Don’t forget to also check out our infographic on the Top 5 Factors that Affect Female Fertility. (more…)
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FertilityPregnancySexual Health
March 12, 2016

Putting the FUN into fertility

Amazingly, you have only around a 20% chance of conceiving each month – and this is only if everything is working as it should be. This percentage decreases with certain factors like increasing age (especially over 30), certain medical conditions and medication, being overweight, smoking and lack of exercise. (more…)
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