Here’s an interesting fertility fact:
“There is no clear cut evidence that stress prevents pregnancy,” says Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W, of The American Fertility Association. “What most people do not know is that a healthy woman who is 30 years old and trying to conceive will have a 20% chance each month of getting pregnant. A healthy woman who is 40 years old will have only a 5-10% chance of conceiving each month.”
Those aren’t exactly the most uplifting pregnancy rate statistics, are they? But, rest assured that women of all ages get pregnant – sometimes against all odds! Fertility Facts by the editors of Conceive magazine. And, read on for information about getting pregnant, secondary infertility, and unexplained infertility…
Information About Infertility and Getting Pregnant
1. A past pregnancy doesn’t indicate fertility. You may have conceived a baby in the past, but that doesn’t guarantee fertility now – or in the future “The largest group of infertile people is made up of those suffering from secondary infertility,” writes Mendell in “The Top 10 Fertility Myths.” “Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive a child or carry a pregnancy to term after conceiving and delivering one or more children. This group is usually older and has a higher possibility of medical and/or sexually transmitted diseases, which causes a decline.”
2. Females have more fertility problems. Infertility issues are equally divided up between men and women – so low sperm count and motility are just as prevalent as endometriosis-related infertility. A fertility fact is that it’s not automatically “the woman’s fault.” For more information about male infertility, read 5 Foods That Increase Sperm Count, Production, and Motility.
3. A man’s age affects his fertility levels. “Men over 40 are at an increased risk for producing children with chromosomal abnormalities, which can cause a higher rate of miscarriage for their partner,” writes Mendell. Another fertility fact is that autism and schizophrenia are also increased in children fathered by men over 40. The good news is that there are foods that increase male fertility.
4. Not all fertility problems are diagnosed. When you can’t get pregnant, there may not be an obvious reason (eg, low or no sperm count, no ovulation or eggs being released, age-related infertility, etc). “Unexplained infertility” is the diagnosis for 20% of couples coping with infertility, which means nobody knows why you aren’t getting pregnant.
5. Adopting a child will not help you get pregnant. This is not a fact about fertility! Less than 10% of women who adopt get pregnant after adopting children – so when people tell you that you’ll get pregnant after adopting, take it with a grain of salt. (People telling me I’ll get pregnant if we adopt is one of my personal pet peeves). If you’re thinking of adopting, read The Benefits and Drawbacks of Adopting a Child.
If you have any questions or thoughts on these fertility facts, please comment below…and I’d be happy to round up additional information about infertility and getting pregnant in this format. Just let me know if you’d like to read more…
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Source: The American Fertility Association.