Fertility is the ability of a person to produce offspring. Fertility isn’t on everyone’s minds. People hardly give it a thought and continue indulging in behaviors that can put them at risk of hampering their fertility. Very few young people know that their lifestyle choice can help their fertility or affect it negatively. The issues that never crossed their mind suddenly become more evident when trying to have a baby – What? Smoking affects sperm count?!, is a common reaction when doctors confront smokers trying for a baby. Hence, with issues such as fertility, it’s best to be better informed.
Here’s a list of surprising facts about fertility, which though you should read and be surprised about, you should also register in the back of your head somewhere so you aren’t actively jeopardizing your chances of conceiving. That will not only help you keep your fertility safe from, um, your habits, it will also help you not be caught off-guard if your fertility doctor mentions a couple of them.
- Your Health has a direct impact on your fertility – I mean think about it, when you have a big presentation at work, you get a restful 8 hour sleep the night before, dress your best, eat a good breakfast that satiates the hunger but doesn’t make you too full, don’t do activities that are anxiety inducing, all in the preparation of one good presentation. When it comes to fertility, you’re making a baby. It isn’t unreasonable to expect you to be in the best of your health before your body is capable of undergoing such a massive change that would lead to the creation of a new person.
- One ejaculation releases millions of sperms – Yes, this one has been known for quite a while – so much that we have stopped regarding it as something wondrous and worthy of discussion, it is what it is. Constant exposure to this fact has made it so normalized, that we ignore something that inherently sounds so amazing – The amount of foresight that the human body possesses. People usually think of one backup plan, if the original plan fails, adopt the next. Some people are a little more strategic and consider plans A and B for backup of the original. No, but not the human body. The human body has a backup plan that runs into millions when it comes to producing progeny. To put things into some perspective, if all these millions of sperms were to fertilize, it would be the population of a small country.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections Impact Fertility Negatively – Now all of us who were busy looking as unembarrassed as possible when this was being taught in school, and to all those who skipped sex education and biology lessons completely, do we now realize how important it is to pay attention in class? Some lessons, come back to you in your late 20s and 30s. Sexually transmitted infections poorly affect fertility and it is vital you follow every sexual hygiene guideline by the book to prevent getting STIs – or get a doctor to help you understand how to be safe from STIs.
- Women are born with all the ovum that they have – The ovum that are matured and released by the ovary are the ones the female is born with – there are no new ovum that are made in a woman’s lifetime. The good news is that this number can be somewhere close to 1-2 Million, the bad news is that these numbers decrease rapidly over the course of life. It is due to this reason that infertility is a growing concern amongst women of older ages – The ovarian reserves depleted with age. If this is a concern you have, IVF doctors can help you understand what you can do in order to conceive.
- Alcohol has a negative impact on fertility – It’s true, alcohol negatively affects hormones which have a poor impact on both male and female infertility. It’s excellent for your health to cut down on alcohol, it might help you conceive, and if you still need to see another nice reason – you can add this to the list of things you can tell your children you did for them when you want them to listen to you. We’re not saying you should do it, we’re saying it’s an option if you’re into that kinda conversation.
- Smoking has a negative impact on fertility – yeah we know you saw this one coming. Negative effects of alcohol are almost always followed by negative impacts of smoking and here they are the same – detrimental to your fertility. Smoking negatively impacts sperm motility, sperm concentration, and sperm count.
- Managing stress helps with fertility – Stress equals your hormones being all over the place. Hormonal regulation is what chemically ensures fertility hence you must put in the effort to manage your stress levels. Join that meditation, talk to your friends, seek counseling, and do activities that make you feel emotionally healthy. If you’re trying to conceive, it is important to consider that it might be taking a toll on your mental health. The societal expectations combined with the general anxiety of multiple clinic visits to a gynecologist or Fertility expert, the pressures that come with planning for fertility treatment, the cost considerations for fertility treatments, and feeling like no one quite understands you are very valid and we know it can be hard on your emotional wellbeing. You can seek counseling with an Expert Psychologist who has experience with couples seeking infertility treatment and join Fertility support groups where your concerns are seen and heard. IVF junction’s Support Forum is a safe space where you can discuss your IVF related queries, know the experience of IVF conquerors and let out your emotions.
- Tracking your ovulatory cycle helps with fertility – If you know when the ovum is expected to be released from the ovaries, it helps you time your intercourse better to increase the chances of conception. If you have a regular menstrual cycle, this can easily be done with the help of your doctor or even through some online ovulation trackers that allow you to enter your menstrual cycle details to come up with an approximate ovulation period.
- Fertility is affected by weight – It is important that you are neither too undernourished, nor overweight when it comes to fertility. Both extremes put you at a plethora of risks that have a direct impact on fertility. Eating sufficient healthy calories from a balanced diet is very important to ensure you are getting all the nutrients for optimum health.
- Age affects men’s fertility too – The correlation between female age and fertility has been drawn all the time – societies particularly use it to persuade females to consider the option of getting married earlier, planning for a baby earlier etc. However what gets overpowered in all this noise around female fertility and age is that men, too, face fertility issues with age. While it is true that men can produce viable sperm for a very long period of time when compared to the production of good quality ovum in women, it is important to not lose sight of the fact that the sperm motility, concentration as well as testosterone levels start getting affected with advancing age.
Fertility is a topic that people suddenly start caring about and often realise that it has been affected by things that they have been doing for years and years. Share this post with someone you know is doing these things and be a good friend – help them learn how to protect themselves from hampering their own fertility and encourage them to seek a doctor’s advice if they are trying to conceive. IVF Junction’s fertility programs such as IVF Junction personalized Fertility Plan and IVF Junction’s Fertility Buddy are plans that help couples with expert consultations and support that make the journey from infertility towards Parenthood fruitful one where you feel prepared. IVF Junction Cost Calculator and the IVF Junction EMI Calculator help you have a transparent and clear idea about the cost of infertility treatment and how you can manage your finances for the IVF treatment. IVF junction has a number of resources such as IVF Junction Knowledge Hub and IVF Junction support forum that help you get the most credible advice about fertility.