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5 (F) Fertility Facts that would Amaze You

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My last three posts were on technical aspects and on line of treatment for infertility couples. But this post will be interesting to most of them .The fertility facts will not only enlighten you in some way but would also be an eye-opener.

When I was about to write this post and was doing my research to bring some interesting facts before you all.

I, myself was completely taken aback knowing few of them. Few were even eye-openers for me. Hope,these facts will enlighten you in some way.

Here you go!!

Fact 1. It’s Not Food but Sound sleep that is more important

It’s not food but sleep that matters more to fertility. – That doesn’t means food is not important but lack of sleep directly affects the fertility-related hormones.

In both men and women, the same part of the brain regulates sleep-wake hormones (such as melatonin and cortisol) that triggers the daily release of fertility hormones. These hormones regulate ovulation in women and sperm production in men. In women, lack of long term sleep affects the release of Luteinizing hormone that directly affects ovulation a major part of the menstruation cycle.

Fact 2 – Most women with blocked fallopian tubes are completely unaware they may have had a prior pelvic infection.

“About 10 percent of infertility cases are due to tubal disease, either complete blockage or pelvic scarring causing tubal malfunction.”

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs. The pelvis is in the lower abdomen and includes the fallopian tubesovariescervix, and the uterus.

Several different types of bacteria can cause PID, including the same bacteria that cause the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) gonorrhea and chlamydia.

If you don’t treat your PID, your symptoms can worsen and lead to problems, such as:

  • Infertility, an inability to conceive a child
  • Ectopic pregnancy a pregnancy that occurs outside the womb
  • chronic pelvic pain, pain in the lower abdomen caused by scarring of the fallopian tubes and other pelvic organs

The infection can also spread to other parts of your body. If it spreads to your blood, it can become life-threatening.

Healthy and free fallopian tubes are essential for Conceiving naturally. Any malfunction can lead to infertility. In Vitro Fertilisation ( IVF) is the only way out if tubes are non- functional, IUI and hormonal drug procedures won’t help.

Fact 3 – Vitamin D can boost your fertility.

I always thought Vitamin (B9) aka Folic acid was essential for boosting fertility as it strengthens both sperm and eggs.I have even taken Folic acid on a regular basis for two months before I started off my treatment or (ART) Assisted Reproductive Technology cycle. Role of Vitamin D in boosting fertility completely took me off my feet as I always thought their role to strengthen bones only.

Vitamin D has been linked to a variety of health benefits. For women trying to conceive, it appears to be linked to better fertility, as well as a healthy pregnancy. Another study found that donor egg recipients with a normal vitamin D level had higher pregnancy rates than those with a low Vitamin D level.

Fact 4 – A woman is born with all of the eggs she will ever have.

A woman has six to seven million eggs prior to being born. This slowly declines with age via a process called ovarian follicle atresia, leaving women with approximately 300,000 eggs by the onset of puberty.

Note: research has suggested that females may be able to replenish her reproductive cells  during a lifetime, but this is still being investigated.


Fact 5: 1 in 3 couples is affected by low sperm count

Approximately 1 in 3 couples are affected by low sperm count, which can make it hard to conceive naturally. Problems with sperm may include the number of sperm and/or the quality of that sperm. If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for over a  year and have been unsuccessful then this may be contributing factor. Without any delay you should seek medical advice to find out more.

Hope this series is rendering emotional support and requisite information to those who all are struggling to attain parenthood.

Stay Tuned !! Tomorrow will be posting on IVF ,most followed treatment for Infertility couples.

This is the 6th post of the series #trystwithinfertility and you can read other 5 posts below:

“A” – Are you pregnant yet?

“B” – Is Biological Clock of a women ticking?

“C”-Checklist to follow before entering a fertility Clinic

“D”- Diagnostic Tests of Infertility

” E” – Bird’s Eyeview on Infertility treatment

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10 thoughts on “5 (F) Fertility Facts that would Amaze You

  1. I wasn’t aware of these at all! We are still contemplating for a second child. I’m 36 now and my husband is 40!. Will forward this to him also to read. Thank you for such a wonderful and informative post Debi.

    1. Yes, Noor. The first and foremost advice that any gynae would give you is that be happy,stay positive and be anxiety free. But its easy said than done. Only you can work on yourself to be anxiety free. Stress drastically effects your hormone levels which are crucial in right functioning for carrying various physiological functions while trying to conceive.

  2. So many detailed information at one place, there were many facts I wasn’t actually aware of like pelvic infection is completely new to me. you have researched many facts,looking forward for next post.

    1. Hi Stephen,

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      You too can mention the topic on which you want me to write.

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