Don’t let fertility myths get you down

The answer to falling pregnant may seem obvious, but thanks to all the unfounded and sometimes downright strange information available these days, many women are confused about their reproductive health 권왕무적 다운로드.

Conceiving really is a miracle

Pregnancy isn’t called a miracle for nothing. Even healthy, fertile couples in their prime baby-making years only have a 20% chance of conceiving in any given cycle. In South Africa, around 1 in 6 couples struggle with infertility, which can be defined as having regular unprotected sex for at least one year without success, or for at least 6 months if a woman’s older than 35.

These days, many couples delay starting a family because of lifestyle and career choices. The glitch being that a woman’s fertility peaks in her early to mid-20s, before it starts declining. As women approach the “other” side of 35, her chances of falling pregnant start dropping considerably. As a result, many women believe if there’s a problem with infertility, then the issue must lie with them. This isn’t true though. In fact, the causes of infertility vary quite a bit. In about 40% of couples, the problem lies with the female, 40% lies with the male and the remaining 20% is a down to chance and unknown factors. So you see, pregnancy really is quite miraculous!

But what about the contraceptive pill?

A common question from hopeful moms-to-be is: does being on the contraceptive pill for a long time reduce my chance of falling pregnant later in life? Well, you can rest assured, it doesn’t! In fact, research has shown that after 4 months a woman who was previously on the pill has as much chance of conceiving as someone who has never been on the pill.

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So, if the pill doesn’t impact your fertility, what does?

  • Your body weight: Being significantly overweight or underweight can affect hormone production and inhibit normal ovulation.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases: These are one of the leading causes of infertility, and if left untreated, they can cause scarring on your fallopian tubes or even increase the risk of an ectopic pregnancy.

What about men?

As you can imagine, when it comes to men and their sperm quality or quantity, myths abound! The most common myth is about their choice of underwear. Well men, here’s the good news: when it comes to fertility, men do have a few things to worry about, but their underwear isn’t one of them!

So what does matter?

  • High temperature: Sperm don’t like heat at all, so limit the time you spend in the steam room at gym, or in a hot bath at home.
  • Your weight: Being overweight can also disrupt normal sex hormone production in men, so it’s important to keep your weight in check. Some motivation: a recent study found that fitter men have around 70% more sperm than their lazier peers.

For couples who have been trying to conceive without any luck; keep the faith. Around 20% of “infertile” couples manage to conceive, without treatment. So take a deep breath, and don’t stress yourself out, especially since the famous stress hormone cortisol is a prime candidate for upsetting the hormonal applecart. Try not to sweat the small stuff either – leave it for the gym! Regular exercise is a great stress reliever and mood booster, both of which are important ingredients for the baby-making process.