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Five Things You Need to Know About Your Fertility

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A blog by Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Genesis Fertility Centre, January 5, 2015

#1. For women, fertility declines with age. Not so for men. Women are born with a finite number of eggs that decrease both in number and quality as we age. Men make new sperm every 2 to 3 months. Not fair. But men don't have to carry the pregnancy so that is how Mother Nature built it.

#2. No matter how much running and yoga we do, or vitamin D or CoQ10 we take, we cannot stop the effects of aging on our eggs. It sucks but there it is. However, the healthier we are when we attempt pregnancy more likely the pregnancy will be healthy.

#3. Despite #1 and #2, optimizing your health will optimize your pregnancy chances. This includes body mass index (BMI). Many studies have now revealed that BMI less than 19 or higher than 25 are associated with a lower rate of spontaneous and assisted pregnancy.

#4 .Smoking and alcohol decrease your chances for pregnancy. Smoking reduces egg reserve and accelerate the time to menopause. It also increases infertility, miscarriages and stillbirths. True! More than 3 to 4 alcoholic drinks per week reduces fertility for both men and women, although the exact mechanism has not been elucidated.

#5. Information is power! Sooner is better. If you have been trying to get pregnant, seek out the right information with the right fertility specialist. Don't bank on the stories of friends who conceived after a vacation seven years later or an aunt who became pregnant in her 40's. There are always solutions but you don't know everyone's story. You have your own story. Find out how it affects you and what is the right path for you.

If you are not considering pregnancy yet - you haven't met the right person - career or education are all encompassing or you are just not ready, think about egg freezing. Unlike 10 and even five years ago it can be a viable option. Take you from infertility to fertility. That is the new mantra.

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