Are you asking questions about your fertility? Wondering what certain terms really mean? Or maybe you’rethinking about having a baby soon and have worries about your fertility due to age or other factors. You may have even considered IVF treatment if you’re already worried that conceiving might be difficult. Here’s a handy breakdown of fertility for both men and women – answering some of the most commonly asked questions.
What age are women and men most fertile?
This question doesn’t have a definitive answer but there are some commonly accepted theories. It’s a fact however that as we age, both men and women experience a decrease in fertility. A broadly accepted notion is that women under 35 and men under 40 are more fertile than those older than these ages.
How exactly does age impact fertility?
Women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have. That means they cannot make more – they have a finite amount. As women ovulate, the egg supply lowers over the years. By age 35, most women have around 100, 000 eggs – by age 35 that will have decreased to around 80,000. By the late 30s it could be fewer than 25,000
Men are not born with all the sperm they will ever have but continue making new sperm daily throughout their life. However, the quality of that sperm decreases as men age, thus their chances of fathering a baby depletes.
At what point during the menstrual cycle are women most fertile?
Women have a fertile window that lasts for about 6 days. That’s the 5 days prior to ovulation and the day of ovulation. But the egg is fertile for only 24 hours.
There are many methods which you can use to work out when you ovulate. Some women like to count and use a calendar, others prefer to take their temperature daily and even use ovulation test kits. If your periods are regular, it’s easier to track.
What lifestyle choices can decrease my fertility?
There are a number of lifestyle choices which can lower fertility. These include the following.• Being overweight• Being underweight• Drinking alcohol• Taking recreational drugs• Drinking too much caffeine
Of course, there are people who fall pregnant every day who indulge in any number of the above but if you’reactively seeking to get pregnant, then make some healthy changes. This is for both men and women.
If you have questions or concerns about your fertility, remember that a trip to your G.P. should be your first port of call.
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