World Fertility Day was celebrated on 4 June, a special day to highlight the importance of fertility issues in today’s society.
Fertility is the ability to reproduce or procreate. However, when we refer to infertility is when a pregnancy does not occur after a year of sexual intercourse without contraception, or when there is difficulty in maintaining a pregnancy.
In cases where the woman or couple is under 35 years of age, it is recommended to consult a specialist after a year of trying to get pregnant without success. If you are over 35, it is advisable to have a basic fertility check-up if you have not been able to get pregnant within six months.
Also, at Ovoclinic we recommend that you visit a fertility specialist in cases where, regardless of the age, there are previous risk factors such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, previous gynecological surgery (male or female), miscarriages, erectile difficulties, or diabetes, among others.
We know that there are many myths about fertility, that is why we have talked to Nicole Veras – a doctor at Ovoclinic – to debunk some of the best-known myths and give you all the information you need.
WE DEBUNK 5 FERTILITY-BOOSTING MYTHS
I HAVE A NORMAL MENSTRUATION, SO I AM FERTILE
This is an often-repeated myth among women. It is false to believe that just because you have your period, you are already fertile. The ovarian reserve (AMH), which indicates the number of eggs a woman has at any given time and which decreases with age, has a great influence on this. It is a key figure for assessing the chances of achieving a pregnancy, since the greater the ovarian reserve is, the greater the probability of falling pregnant, while the lower the ovarian reserve is, the lower the oocyte quality.
AGE IS ONLY A DETERMINING FACTOR IN FEMALE FERTILITY
It is well known that age is a determining factor when it comes to getting pregnant. After the age of 35 the chances of achieving a pregnancy decrease. This is due to the fact that the quantity and quality of eggs naturally decrease as you approach the age of menopause.
But age is not just a problem for women. In fact, sperm quality also begins to decline after the age of 35. After that age, problems with sperm quality start to develop such as:
- Testicular function
- Decrease of sperm quality
- Low hormone concentration
- Decrease of sperm production
- Increase of potential ejaculation problems
GETTING PREGNANT IS EASY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF SEXUAL INTERCOURSES
This myth is very harmful to couples with fertility problems. As mentioned above, there are causes of infertility when, after a year of attempts, pregnancy is not achieved. However, this should not be a key principle to be followed without a doubt. This is because it is not the same to wait 12 months to see a fertility specialist when you are 30 years old as when you are 35 or 45 years old.
The Ovoclinic team always advises that the longer you delay the search for pregnancy, the sooner you should see a fertility specialist.
CERTAIN POSTURES CAN INCREASE FERTILITY
This is one of the most widespread myths. There is no evidence or study that has revealed a sexual position is more propitious to achieve a pregnancy than any other.
TIPS TO INCREASE FERTILITY
The team of assisted reproduction professionals at Ovoclinic recommends the following tips to improve fertility:
- Have a healthy diet and do sport regularly, but without excess. Obesity, as explained in this post, affects fertility in both women and men.
- Avoid alcohol consumption, tobacco, and drugs as these are factors that negatively affect male and female fertility.
- Do not do any sport that squeezes the testicles or involves any kind of impact on the reproductive area.
- Preserve your fertility if you are not yet ready to become a mother.
WHAT IS FERTILITY PRESERVATION?
This fertility preservation program consists of freezing your current eggs, maintaining their quality over time for when you decide to become a mother. In this article, you can learn more about the process.