Getting pregnant isn’t always as easy as you were once led to believe. While 85% of couples manage in the first year of trying, it can still take a few months or perhaps more before you see the double line on the pregnancy test. This can lead to worries about infertility.
Try not to compare yourself to other couples, however. There are many factors to consider when you are trying to get pregnant. Before you start to panic, have a look at our five top reasons that couples should think about have when trying and failing to get pregnant.
1. Weight Issues
One thing that can have a major impact on your ability to conceive is your weight. Studies have shown that you need to have a BMI of between 20 and 25 to conceive ideally. This isn’t just about your pregnancy – it’s about you and your child’s long term health.
If you do get pregnant when overweight, it can lead to complications like gestational diabetes, premature delivery, and miscarriage. Likewise, if the male in the relationship is overweight, it could have a damaging effect on his sperm health.
Smoking has a huge impact on the general health and wellbeing of men and women. This is even more apparent when it comes to fertility issues. Smoking can cause problems with the uterus environment due to the toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke being present in the body.
DNA damage to sperm is also an often-overlooked side effect to smoking. Sperm is stored for up to three months in the epididymis, absorbing all of the toxins that a man ingests in this time.
3. Timing Issues
The fertile window every month is very short. A woman can use ovulation testing kits to get an accurate reading of when she gets a surge in hormones which mark the start of her ovulation. You can also try tracking body temperature at the same time every morning or use the Billings Ovulation method where you pay attention to the cervical mucus that is produced at different stages in a woman’s cycle.
Remember, an egg lasts between 12 and 24 hours after release, sperm three to five days. This leaves a very short window of opportunity when both are viable.
4. Hormonal Problems
Insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can have a huge impact on a woman’s reproductive health. Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome include irregular periods, weight issues, acne, and hirsutism (over-production of body hair).
If you suspect PCOS, getting in touch with your GP or contacting us directly at Reproductive Health Group could increase your chances of conception.
A woman’s fertility declines as she ages, with a large decrease happening between 35 and 39 for most women. While you shouldn’t start trying for a baby before you and your partner are both ready, you should be aware of how waiting can affect your chances long term.
Fertility Assessment Packages
If you are concerned about not getting pregnant as quickly as you would have liked or expected, we offer a range of Fertility Assessment packages that are designed to help you identify your fertility potential.
If you would like to organise a fertility assessment, contact us here or call us on 01925 202180.