Fertility is an interesting concept as many of us hope to have children one day (if not soon, at some point in the future). Our bodies are interesting and can try to tell us things without us even knowing. If you’re thinking about starting a family, it can seem quite overwhelming with the amount of information that is out there. To help you, we have created a brief overview of the things that you should know alongside an IVF treatment clinic in the UK.
A Female Is Born with All of Her Eggs
A fun fact about female fertility is that women are born with the highest number of eggs that they will ever have. This is thought to be in the region of a million. Throughout their lives, this reserve depletes and reaches 300,000-400,000 by puberty.
Fertility Can Be Improved Naturally
There are many things that you can do to boost your chances of getting pregnant. One is as simple as eating. Including antioxidant rich foods to your diet such as blackberries, blueberries and strawberries can help to boost fertility. Other foods include full fat dairy products. A study highlights that switching out low fat versions for full fat ones can help to reduce the risk of infertility. Other things that can be done involve exercise. Vigorous exercise can reduce the risk of ovulation problems.
Male infertility is Common
Female infertility is usually the topic of discussion but what is interesting now is that around a third of infertility cases are related to male infertility. It is quite common, and lots can be done to improve your chances as a fertility clinic will be able to tell you. You may be recommended hormone treatment or recommended to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Most couples (around 84%) will get pregnant within a year of having regular unprotected sex.
Infertility Can Be Unexplained
If you have been trying and have been unsuccessful so far, it may not be down to either you or your partner. Some cases of infertility can be unexplained where there is no problem that doctors are able to find.
Sperm Production Declines with Age
Unlike eggs, sperm does not decrease with age. Men can continue to produce sperm, however, the amount produced does. This can affect fertility, but many still go on to conceive later on in life.
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