Modern advances in technology have thankfully provided numerous methods to increase a couple’s chances of getting pregnant. Unfortunately, many couples tend to delay medical attention, or may even be misguided by old wives’ tales and misinformation.
While having regular periods is a positive indication of fertility, it is not a guarantee. For instance, some women may menstruate regularly, yet do not ovulate regularly. If a woman and her partner are young and generally healthy, and has a regular menstrual cycle, they are encouraged to visit an IVF Clinician to pinpoint the cause of infertility.
The probability of a woman over 40 conceiving naturally is significantly lower at only 5% per month. This is because by this time, the woman’s eggs would have sharply declined in quality and number. However, pregnancy is still a possibility, particularly if done through assisted reproduction and both parties are in good overall health.
Men are often overlooked when investigating infertility, and it shouldn’t be the case. As it takes both an egg and sperm to result in a pregnancy, infertility can easily occur in either or both parties. The quality and quantity of sperm is just as crucial as that of the egg. Age, certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors can affect both male and female fertility.
Most people may have heard that day 14 is the best time to get pregnant because this is when the egg will be released for fertilization. However, this only applies to women who have regular 28-day menstrual cycles. Some women have longer or shorter cycles, and so their ovulation period will be different. If you are unsure on how to calculate when your fertile period is, consult your gynaecologist.
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive naturally after a year of trying, in which
case a couple is advised to visit their doctor to determine the cause of infertility and
receive appropriate treatment. This may involve lifestyle changes, medical treatments or
assisted reproduction. Numerous couples struggling with infertility do succeed in the end.
There are many more misconceptions that surround fertility and infertility, which can be detrimental to those who delay much-needed medical intervention as a result. By having regular check-ups with your gynaecologist and adopting a healthier lifestyle, you can increase your chances of having a baby. Likewise, your husband should also adopt a healthy lifestyle and get his sperm count and quality checked.
Dr Ann Tan of Women Fertility & Fetal Centre is an MOH-accredited Singapore obstetrician, gynaecologist and fertility and IVF Clinician who provides a comprehensive list of health services for women of all ages, from female health screening to pre- and post-natal management. To find out more, contact us at +65 6734 8188 today.
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