This blog is generally about birth control, but I found an interesting article in Canadian Health magazine written by Margaret Bream that writes about the irony of women spending years trying not to get pregnant, only to find that when they’re ready, they can’t conceive.
The key perpetrator? Your age. The fertility that we all take so lightly may no longer be around the older we get and I’m not talking about women in their 50s; it can affect women as young as 30.
Dr. Peter McComb, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver states, “Youth is definitely the key to fertility. Place your need for fertility early and high in your life options.”
According to statistics, fertility is best during the early 20s. But at age 35, 20% of women will be involuntarily sterile with the percentages rising to 80% when they reach their 40s. The message is not that we start having babies in our 20s just because that’s the optimal time, but, that individually we have a responsibility to our bodies and our (possible) future fertility. Wondering what you can do to increase your chances of having a baby when the time is right? Read on for some helpful tips.
- Deal with menstrual irregularities Periods that are infrequent, too light, too heavy or intensely painful and unusual growth of facial or body hair or the receding hairline of male-pattern baldness – Watch for these signs as they may be signals of conditions that can interfere with fertility.
- Always practice safe sex Use a condom even if you are taking the Pill. Condoms prevent the transmission of sexual infections, some of which have few visible symptoms that can go undetected. This can lead to infection and scarring of the pelvic organs and, ultimately, to infertility.
- Don’t light up Smoking causes your future fertility harm because the toxicants found in cigarettes are stored in the follicular fluid, which surrounds the egg. Research also suggests that smoking adversely affects the uterus and cervix, but the damage is not limited to women. It can also reduce sperm viability and function by 50%.
- Keep a healthy body weight Both overweight and underweight women may have irregular menstrual cycles in which ovulation doesn’t occur, or doesn’t occur properly. Keeping a normal body weight can help ovulation get back on track.
- See your gynecologist Getting a regular Pap smear will help protect your health and fertility.
- Protect yourself from radiation If you need repeated X-rays to your pelvic area, tell the radiologist that you want to protect your fertility. The occasional dental X-ray is ok as long as you wear a lead apron.
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