7 Surprising Facts about Female Fertility

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If you are trying to get pregnant or thinking about starting a family in the future, then you may have a few questions about your fertility. To help answer them, here are seven surprising facts provided by a Fertility clinic in London…

  1. At birth, a female baby has between one to two million eggs! However, by the time she hits puberty that reduces to only three hundred thousand. Of these, only about five hundred will be ovulated during a woman’s reproductive lifetime. This is the reason why female fertility drops. As a woman ages the number of eggs decreases and so does the quality.
  2. Female peak fertility is between the ages of 22 and 26. This can be surprising news, but the latest research shows that female fertility begins to decline from the age of 27. While the majority of 30 year olds will conceive within a year, it’s important to remember that fertility rates do peak during the 20s and conception and pregnancy will be consistently more difficult from that age.
  3. Excessive exercise or dieting can stop a woman’s menstrual cycle and prevent pregnancy.
    Although it is true that exercise can improve fertility in overweight women, it may slightly reduce fertility in women of a healthy weight. It is therefore a good idea to try to limit strenuous activities, such as running or aerobics, to less than four hours per week if you have reached the ideal weight for your height and age.
  4. IVF bypasses the fallopian tubes. Blocked fallopian tubes prevent natural conception. But with IVF the eggs are fertilised in a laboratory and then placed into the uterus through the cervix where they can implant and grow. This means the Fallopian Tubes are bypassed altogether.
  5. Smoking during pregnancy greatly increases the risk of health problems for babies; including preterm birth, low birth weight, and birth defects of the mouth and lip. It is no secret that smoking during pregnancy can have a significant impact on your unborn child’s health, but did you know that it can actually affect your baby’s own future fertility too? Studies have also shown that mothers who smoke while pregnant and breastfeeding may be harming their chances of grandchildren!
  6. Ovulation day is not necessarily the best day to try to conceive a child. A woman is fertile for a period of six days, beginning five days before ovulation day (when the egg is released from the ovary). To boost your chances of conceiving you could try using ovulation kits because they let you know when you are about to ovulate. Having sex on the two days prior to ovulation offers the greatest chance of conception.
  7. It’s not just women who have a biological clock. Scientists say they have found evidence that men, as well as women, have biological clocks and that they start to tick in their mid-30s. A study looked into various couples having fertility treatment and the research suggested that the chance of a successful pregnancy falls when the male is aged over 35 and is significantly lower if he is over 40. Most studies, however, suggest that the fall in male fertility is a much slower process and it does not suffer from the absolute end point women have with their menopause.

 

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