Because you are alive, everything is possible. Thich Nhat Hanh
We’re headed into back to school time again. I know for many of us as adults, summer fades into fall as we hardly notice. I miss the excitement about back-to-school outfits and the smell of new pencils, sometimes. But I think what I miss the most was the palpable excitement for learning. Going into another classroom with another teacher, opening the thick books and looking over the syllabus. And gearing up for another year of absorbing as much knowledge as possible.
While not all of us are headed into another school year, I think we all could use a good reminder that learning is still good for us. Especially in times of challenge and stress, such as facing infertility, focusing on learning as much as we can about our specific situation can help. Not to mention it’s good to dispel the many myths and misinformation surrounding infertility. If you or someone you know are seeking help with infertility, here are some things you might not know about fertility health.
Myths and Facts about Infertility
Even if you are healthy, that doesn’t mean you won’t struggle with infertility. One in ten couples face infertility, and while certain healthy living factors can contribute, the biggest factor in infertility is age.
Positions during sex – or after – don’t affect conception. Studies have never identified one position as better than any others, and no woman has to assume an upside-down position after sex to give sperm the advantage of gravity.
Your weight might be impacting fertility. Not enough nutrition or extreme exercise can keep you from having your period, which impacts ovulation. But too much weight also affects hormone production, preventing ovulation. Good news though – about 70 percent of women struggling with fertility because of weight end up conceiving once they reach a healthy weight.
The day you ovulate is not necessarily the best day to have sex for conception. Sperm can live for a few days, and the window of fertility for a woman is actually six days – the five days before ovulation and the day of. So having sex a few days before ovulation is actually more effective.
Men’s fertility is affected by age too. Though not as strong of a drop as in women, after age 35, a small study recently found that 15 percent of men couldn’t help their partner become pregnant.
You can learn even more about your specific fertility concerns if you come and meet with us in person. We’re always happy to answer general questions and work with you on a plan to fulfill your dreams of having a family. Schedule an appointment by calling 717-747-3099 or clicking on the button below.
Dr. Bob Filer
P.S. Another fact about fertility is the birth control you’ve been using may have impacted your chances, depending on what it was and how long ago you used it. Schedule an appointment today and we can work to find a plan for you!