As common as the word “fertility” is, not everyone know certain things about it that they ought to. Pamela Madsen, executive director of the American Infertility Association (AIA) sponsored a recent Web-based survey on this subject with her organization, and according to her, “when it comes to enhancing our fertility, many people have a lot to learn”. Their research showed that only one in over 12,000 women could answer up to 15 questions about their reproductive life cycle, which is quite startling.
Knowing about fertility doesn’t only apply to women; it’s advisable for men to know about it too.
Below are some facts you should know:
1. Your weight affects your ability to conceive
Whether you are overweight or underweight, it affects fertility greatly. Being malnourished and overexercised can cause you not to menstruate as there will be little or no fat to make to make that happen, meanwhile a normal ovulation requires at least 22% body fat.
Being overweight has also been associated with infertility. However, you can fix this, either by working towards losing weight or being well nourished for proper ovulation to take place.
2. You are most fertile before you ovulate
You are very likely to get pregnant if you have sex in 5 to 10 days before ovulation (including the ovulation day), this is because the sperm has about 12 to 24 hours to get to the egg (as soon as it leaves the ovary) for you to conceive.
3. Time your sexual intercourse correctly
You really don’t need to have sex everyday all in the bid to get pregnant, and ovulation day doesn’t have to be the “D day” for conception, as sperm can live up to 3 days in the female reproductive tract. A woman’s fertility should last up to six days, and this include the day of ovulation and the 5 days leading up to ovulation; it is very important that you know when you are fertile and are likely to conceive.
Get your facts on fertility right.
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