World Fertility Day – 10 things to know about fertility
Today on the 2nd of November, we celebrate World Fertility Day. This day is about education, empowerment and understanding. Having fertility problems is a taboo for many people, but this day aims to break the silence and help people with fertility problems knowing that they are not alone. At Cryos, we think this day is a great opportunity to raise awareness, so we have found 10 facts that both people with or without fertility issues can learn from.
1. 1 in every 6 couple experience fertility issues when trying to get pregnant or sustain a pregnancy
According to worldfertilityday.com one in every six couples experience fertility issues. If you happen to be one of the people who can’t conceive right away, you should not lose hope. As you can see from statistics, you are definitely not alone – many people are in the same situation as you, and there are lots of possibilities to get the right help.
2. After trying to conceive for 12-24 months without success, you should consult with a doctor
When a couple is trying to conceive a child, it can take time. But if you suspect that you or your partner have fertility issues, it is a good idea to see a doctor. If the woman is over 35 years, it is advisable to see a doctor who can check your chances of getting pregnant. But not just age affects your fertility. If you have had any issues that could affect your fertility, you should also consult with a doctor. For women, this could be issues such as repeated cases of chlamydia, unregular periods, surgery in the abdomen or uterine fibroids. If you are in doubt if a condition you have had, will affect your fertility, always consult with a doctor (Mayoclinic.org).
3. 15 % will experience infertility at one point in their life
Fertility is not always constant. It can increase and decrease with your lifestyle choices and your age. Some will experience issues when trying to conceive at one point in their life, while pregnancy might happen easier for them at another time. Read the following points to learn what life factors might affect your fertility.
4. Your weight affects your fertility
Some people experience infertility due to their weight. Being under or overweight can cause infertility. If you are underweight you should, therefore, try to gain some weight in order to better your chances of getting pregnant. Likewise, you should try to lose weight if you are overweight. This can increase your fertility and make it more likely that you become pregnant.
5. Your lifestyle choices affect your fertility
Many lifestyle choices have an impact on your fertility. You can improve your fertility by consuming a healthy and balanced diet by lowering your alcohol consumption and avoiding cigarettes. It can also be an advantage to have an active lifestyle, although an excessive amount of exercise can have the opposite effect.
6. Men also have a biological clock ticking
Most people are well aware that women’s age affects their fertility. But studies have shown that men’s fertility also decreases after the age of 30, and even more so after the age of 40. The decrease is not as steep as the decrease of women’s fertility, but it is still something to consider when trying to conceive (www.maturitas.org).
7. Infertility can have mental consequences
Some men and women who are in the process of fertility treatment may experience mental issues such as depression and stress. The negative feelings come from the strong unfulfilled desire to have a child. Therefore, some begin to isolate themselves from friends and family to avoid being confronted with the topic of children. It can be hard for people with a strong desire to have a child to witness other’s joy over parenthood, which can make the feeling of being alone with the issue even greater. In this TedTalk you can listen to Camille Preston, who experienced fertility issues herself, talking about why it is important to have good friends around during the process.
8. Treatment of mental issues can increase your fertility
When experiencing depression or stress it can be extremely helpful to seek professional help. Not only for the mental wellbeing but also for fertility. Studies from Women’s Mental Health show that getting professional help for your mental issues can increase the chance of getting pregnant.
9. It’s Important to know the cause of your fertility issues to receive the right treatment
In order to better your chances of getting pregnant, it is important that you consult with a doctor to find out the cause of the issue. It can be the woman, the man or both who are struggling with infertility. When knowing the facts about your situation, it will be easier to discover your options for having your child.
10. You shouldn’t lose hope if you experience infertility
It is important not to lose hope when trying to have a baby. And with fertility treatment, it’s not impossible at all. If you are having issues with conceiving, the first step you need to take is to determine the cause and the severity of the issue.
So, if you experience fertility issues, you can use this day to discover that you are definitely not alone and begin to explore the possibilities for your next step towards becoming a parent.
If you experience male-related fertility problems, using donor sperm to conceive may be an option. You can read about how to choose a sperm donor here.