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We are all different. But some facts and averages can help you understand your present, so you can better prepare for your future.
There are 6 “fertile” days each month
Women are fertile during the ~5 days leading up to ovulation, and the actual day of ovulation. Ovulation (the release of egg from ovary) typically occurs between day 12 and 14 of a 28-day menstrual cycle. U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institute of Health
There’s a 5 - 25% chance of pregnancy during fertile days
Women under 30 only have a 25% of getting pregnant during their fertile window. The likelihood drops to 20% by the age of 30 and 5% by the age of 40. American Society of Reproductive Medicine
The quality and quantity of our eggs declines with age
Our egg reserve starts to diminish more rapidly diminish in our late 20s, with a sharper drop in our mid-30s. The egg quality declines too, which reduces the likelihood of eggs resulting in a successful pregnancy. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
11% of women have trouble conceiving during reproductive years
The specific percentage varies by age: 9% of women have trouble between 25–29, 15% between 30–34, and 30% between 35–39, and 64% between 40–44. (Reproductive years are defined as ages 15-44.)
PCOS is the most common cause of infertility aside from age
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) results from a hormone imbalance that can disrupt normal ovulation. PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in women, affecting 5-10% of women of reproductive age. SART (2016)
Men are equally as important as women in the fertility equation
While infertility is often seen as a woman’s problem, two-thirds of all infertility cases have something to do with a male partner. Examining the quality and quantity of the male’s sperm is an important part of a fertility evaluation. ASRM
Lifestyle factors can affect your fertility
Studies have shown that factors including stress, nutrition, smoking, alcohol, and caffeine can affect fertility. To increase the chances of conceiving, both men and women should try to eat a healthy diet, exercise, and relax. Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institute of Health
Infertility does not mean that you won’t be able to conceive
“Infertility” refers to the inability to achieve or maintain a successful pregnancy after 6 months (if you’re over 35) or 12 months (if you’re under 35). This correlates with the recommendation to see a fertility specialist. Women over 40 are advised to see a specialist immediately.
10s of thousands of babies are born through IVF every year
Reproductive technology is continually improving, and the number of babies born through IVF is increasing each year. In the last year of published data, there were 242,618 IVF cycles resulting in 71,297 babies in the United States. SART (2016)
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