While most people have no problems conceiving, there is still a percentage out there who struggle. All these zero down into facts and myths about conception and how they impact your perception about this critical stage in life. Fortunately, this article will be highlighting topical conception issues misconstrued mainly by the public. For starters, barring any medical issue, why does a woman need at least 22% of body fat for regular ovulation and reproduction? If this question baffled you, you might satisfy your curiosity by reading to the end.
Bodyweight contributes to your ability to conceive
According to America’s IVF specialists, 12% of female infertility cases in the US alone stem from weight issues. For example, a severely underweight, over-exercised, and obese woman will automatically struggle to conceive, compared to an average-weight female. The medical reason for this is that you need at least 22% of body fat to enable you to ovulate, menstruate, or conceive normally. Therefore, with an overweight body, the explanation originates from having exceeded the limit for body fat, which puts you at risk of infertility. Likewise, a malnourished or severely underweight woman will find it difficult to conceive.
However, one bone of contention in this discussion is the subject of over-exercised women. Naturally, exercising helps you burn body fat while more muscles are built in their stead. With that said, those who overdo their exercises in hopes of looking lean and well-defined risk burning up the necessary fat to aid these natural processes.
Moreover, a woman’s hormones (estrogen and progesterone) function best in the presence of adequate body fat. In other words, an alteration in your hormone chemistry more or less has a direct bearing on your body weight as a female. Meanwhile, you will be surprised to know that when females attain a healthy weight with the right BMI, 70% of the time, they can conceive without medical assistance. As much as your weight impacts fertility, it impacts pregnancy too. So, just as you would need tips to sleep better when pregnant, you need guidelines to stay within excellent shape until you deliver.
Good health doesn’t necessarily translate into fertility
You can have the best general wellbeing, but that is not a prime indicator of your fertility. Although this is a misconception most people seem to judge by, human fertility is a different ball game altogether. Indeed, regular exercising, eating healthy, and doing everything you can to regulate sugars and cholesterol in the body are excellent routines to enhance your wellbeing. Unfortunately, infertility causes are variable and distributed in the following groupings:
Apart from all these variable causes, one which stands out the most regardless of your health status is age. As the body ages, the quality of organs and their processes deteriorate significantly. Indeed, scientific and medical research has introduced credible and tested interventions to ensure older folk (with the right monitored help) can conceive too. However, it doesn’t change the fact that age is a major disrupting factor to conception, whether or not you are in excellent health.
Coital positions have no bearing on conception chances
You may have heard an old wives’ tale about how sexual positions increase or decrease chances of conception. Well, scientific research has proven it as just that – an old wives’ tale. No position is more effective than the other when trying to conceive. A Harvard University research on male and female reproduction revealed that sperms could be found in the cervix within seconds of release.
In other words, those ‘little swimmers’ need no strict gravitational help to find their way to the intended target. Indeed, as long as it is penetrative sex without a barrier contraception method, the chances of conception will be higher, regardless of the position. Although there is little truth in lying down a bit immediately after unprotected sex (if you’re aiming for conception), there’s no point in hanging upside down.
Don’t bank your hopes on conceiving on ovulation day
This certainly sounds like a spoiler alert. As you read on, you’ll discover why this is so. Healthy sperms can live inside a woman’s body for up to five days! If you’re not planning to conceive, this certainly is an enemy lying in wait to strike. However, if you want to get pregnant, you will be more than happy to host them as long as they want. This now brings you to the question of ovulation and why you shouldn’t bank all your hopes on that single day.
If you are aware of how long sperm cells can live inside a woman’s body, then you know that aiming for conception is a matter of timing the ovulation window and not the day itself. If you’re fertile and without any conception barriers, pregnancy will occur effortlessly. Fertility experts say in 20% of cases, couples fail to time intercourse correctly. During a woman’s cycle, she is fertile for six days, and this is the period most likely to yield desired results than the actual ovulation day.
A woman can conceive during her period
This is a common occurrence among women with short cycles. The reason being they ovulate early. Therefore, if a woman with a short cycle has unprotected sex during her menses, the sperms can lay in wait and fertilize a released egg, resulting in pregnancy. To be sure where you belong, you will have to track your monthly cycle for about four months to help you establish a trend.
Birth control choices can impact fertility
It’s unbelievable, but with the many women who have had different experiences with specific contraception methods, this cannot be a myth. This is especially true with hormone-based contraception methods such as progesterone injections. After being on this method for a while, women trying to conceive may have to wait until normal fertility resumes. This can take up to about a year. For the oral contraceptive pill (which is also hormone-based), the effect is not known to be as intense as the injectable.
The reverse is true. Women who go off the pill may experience super-fertile ovulation and get pregnant easier than they would have. In the medical world, it’s known as the rebound effect of ovulation. You can liken it to putting a leash on your dog and seeing it run at top speed when you let it go. Therefore, if you’ve not yet given up on conceiving but intend to use contraception, seek detailed information on the best choice for you.
You lose about 1,000 eggs in each cycle
This is true because, during the period leading up to ovulation, several eggs begin to ripen, but only one reaches the maturity stage. By ‘several,’ you know now that can be about 1000 eggs in each cycle. Occasionally, two eggs may reach maturation, and two sperm from the same man can fertilize each. This usually results in fraternal twins.
So, what happens to the remaining eggs that fail to reach the maturation stage? Your body reabsorbs them, making way for another set to begin the same process in the next cycle. In other words, the more advanced in age you are, the less healthy eggs you may have to achieve conception.
Lastly, there’s also the bit about how easy you conceive stemming from genetic factors. Therefore, if your mother had no issues with conception, you will have increased chances of inheriting this genetic trait as well.