Infertility is one of those things that no one really speaks about – there is a big taboo attached to it, and I truly wish this wasn’t the case.  It is estimated that around 1 in 10 couples struggle with infertility, however, it could be even more common than this as many people don’t seek help.  Here is a list of things you probably didn’t know about infertility.

1.  Being overweight can affect your chances of falling pregnant.

Obese or overweight women have a lower chance of falling pregnant than women of a healthy weight.  Overweight and obese women are likely to take longer than a year to fall pregnant.

2.  Smoking has a link to infertility.

Smoking is believed to cause tubal and cervical changes, it is also attributed to early ovarian aging and miscarriages.  In men, smoking damages sperm – making them less likely to fertilize an egg.  The effects of smoking on your fertility can last for up to 3 months, if not longer.

3.  Contrary to popular belief, being on the pill will not affect your fertility in the future.

The pill is a reversible birth control method, and the effects are not long-lasting – therefore, they won’t affect your future fertility.  Even if you’ve used the pill for years, ovulation will start again within a few months after stopping the pill.  The pill is just a synthetic version of the hormones already produced by your body

4.  Male versus Female

It is often thought that infertility is mostly attributable to female factors.  This is not necessarily true, and more often than not, infertility is caused by contributory factors from both the male and the female in the relationship.

5. Secondary InfertilitySecondary infertility refers to a couple who have one child together, and then struggle to fall pregnant again.  Secondary infertility is more common than primary infertility (struggling to fall pregnant for the first time).  The rule of thumb for seeking a medical opinion for possible infertility is to give yourself a year trying to conceive if you are under 35 years of age, and 6 months of trying to conceive if you are over 35 years of age.  After these time periods have passed, it’s best to get help.

2 comments on “5 Things You Probably Don’t Know about Infertility”

  1. I know all of these. :( I know this post is about infertility, but I think the following 2 points are not as common knowledge for contraception as they should be amongst plebeian society, such as myself.
    With regards to 1) Being overweight, or obese (80kg+) can negatively affect the efficacy of the morning after pill.
    3) I would like to mention Nexplanon/Implanon, it’s a contraceptive implant. Should help combat the amount of times one hears the phrase “I forgot to take the pill”.

    • With regards to the implant, bear in mind that it is not always suitable for everyone. It is progesterone-only, and the pill is both progesterone and estrogen combined, which is usually preferred by users.

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