We’ve all heard it from friends and well-meaning relatives that it gets more difficult to get pregnant as we grow older. However, fertility isn’t affected only by age of the male and female partners. Whether you’re hoping to get pregnant now, or are considering it soon, the knowledge about fertility can help you on your journey to parenthood. Here are 6 facts about fertility that everyone should know:
- The Optimal female BMI for conception is 20-24
The ideal body mass index (BMI) while trying to conceive is 20 and 24. So if you’re of average build and trying to conceive, you may have to reconsider your weight loss plan. Low BMI can cause irregular cycles or stop them altogether and affect fertility. To have an ideal BMI, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle, with optimum exercise and a well-balanced diet. Remember that healthy fats are important for fertility.
- Conception can take up to 6-12 menstrual cycles to occur
A lot of couples get anxious if they’re unable to conceive in the first couple of months of trying. It is important to know that the chances of conception are only about 20% every month in a healthy, fertile couple. On an average, it can take anywhere between 6 to 12 months of trying before a couple can get pregnant, and it is completely normal.
- There are tests available to check on egg reserves
In case you’re thinking about delaying your pregnancy for a couple of years, it is important to meet your doctor to get an evaluation done. Women can get their egg reserves checked through a simple blood test, carried out on day three of the menstrual cycle. This helps the woman to plan her pregnancy accordingly. Talk to the doctors at KIMS Cuddles to know more about this.
- Male infertility is easily treatable
Sometimes, even small lifestyle changes can help treat male infertility, boost sperm count and increase motility. Little changes like quitting smoking and drinking, and losing weight can make a huge difference. Conditions like varicoceles can be easily treated through a small operation. Meet the doctors at KIMS Cuddles to find out the solution for your fertility problems.
- Menstrual cycle can take 3-6 months to regulate after quitting the pill
If you’re taking an oral contraceptive, know that it may take 3-6 months for your cycle to regulate once you stop the pill. You need to factor this in when trying to conceive and don’t be alarmed if it takes time to get pregnant. The pill suppresses natural hormones that are responsible for ovulation and it can take some time for hormones to balance out. If your periods don’t return within 3 to 4 months, consult the doctors at KIMS Cuddles to get your cycle back on track.
- Men also have a biological clock
It is generally believed that age-related fertility problems affect only women. However, researchers at Bristol and Brunel Universities discovered that a higher percentage of men over 35 years of age fail to impregnate their partner after a year of trying. Therefore, paternal age may also be a big factor while making pregnancy decisions.
Make sure you meet your doctor to understand more about fertility. Our doctors at KIMS Cuddles are always around to help guide you through your pregnancy decisions.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance