You might be trying to conceive these days or you might be planning to conceive in the future—either way, it’s always a good idea to start preparing and looking after your fertility from the get-go.
Infertility, you might be surprised to find out, is actually a prevailing problem in the United States. 6% of the country’s total married women who lie between the ages of 15 and 44 have problems conceiving. Additionally, 12% of the women between 15 and 44 years of age (married and unmarried alike) face difficulties in finishing the pregnancy term.
Fecundity in the United States
Fecundity—or the ability to conceive—is impaired equally in men and women in the United States. Out of all the recorded cases, a third are female infertility-related and a third are male infertility-related; the remaining are attributed to unknown or various factors. What’s interesting is that from among the infertile couples in the country, a third have multiple factors that contribute to their impaired infertility.
These factors range from age to genetics and from stress to sleep problems, discussed in further detail in this blog.
Yes, that old wives’ tale has some truth to it: the older you are, the more difficult it will be for you to get pregnant. And while women have been known to give birth even at 70 years of age (which indicates that anything is possible), most of us know better than to bet against those odds.
Menopause is the first stage of trouble, and women over the age of 44 usually fall into the impaired fertility bracket. Also, bear in mind that it’s not impossible for an older woman to get pregnant—she’ll just take little longer as compared to younger women.
At the same time, healthy 35-year-old women have more chances of getting pregnant than unhealthy 20-year-olds. However, you should keep in mind that age does affect fertility, and that you should expect it to take a little longer than usual. Knowing this will reduce stress on your part.
Many of the diseases and illnesses that people suffer from are hereditary. The major factor that contributes to impaired fecundity is a weak body—whether it’s from an inherited immune-deficiency disorder, a stressful episode, or a physical abnormality in the body; it can affect your fertility. If your baseline health is not well, you should seek a doctor and start prepping for planned pregnancies.
If you think estrogen is the only hormone that affects fertility, think again. From the adrenal glands to the thyroid, many hormones that the brain releases have a part to play in regard to fertility. These hormones can either affect fertility positively or negatively, so be sure to visit the doctor as soon as you can sense hormonal imbalance.
We know that staying up all night and binging on Netflix is the new cool, but it won’t let you engender a new generation, and it’s not a new fact either. For centuries, we’ve been told that a good night’s rest matters.
Sleep deprivation directly affects stress, anxiety, weight gain or loss, cardiovascular disease, and even mortality. And while it’s true that geniuses like Nikola Tesla slept only 4 hours a day, it’s also true that Tesla died a virgin. It would seem that the early bird does get the worm after all.
Socialize with Like-Minded People
If you’re interested in the upkeep of healthy habits and if you’re keen on making careful lifestyle choices, you can join a Facebook group that specifically deals with fertility, fecundity, and more. If you’re stressed out because you can’t conceive, try talking to Manju Rentala, a Wellness and Life Coach based in New York.