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For fertility, living healthily is more important than a woman's age...
This isn't the case
A healthy lifestyle is really important, but a woman’s age remains the
most important issue as it’s linked to her ovarian reserve. The number of eggs in the reserve fall each year
and at 40 they’re usually about 3% of the number present at birth (see 'Female
Female fertility reduces with age, but when does this becomes more important?
It's actually 32
A woman’s natural fertility usually starts to decrease during her early
30’s, but this doesn’t become a big issue until later in her 30’s, but many people now postpone starting a
Chinese herbal medicine works well to improve fertility...
Yes it does!
Chinese herbal medicine is great for fertility!
For unexplained infertility Chinese herbal medicine is twice as
effective as standard IVF
and can double IVF success
'Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the management of female
infertility: A systematic review' Karin Ried, Keren Stuart. Complementary Therapies in
Medicine (2011) 19, 319-331
'Can Chinese herbal medicine improve outcomes of in vitro
fertilization? A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.' Cao H. et
al. PLoS One. 2013 Dec 10;8(12):e81650.
A man's fertility doesn't change until he's in his late 50's...
That's not actually true
Male fertility falls with age (despite some men fathering children in
their 80’s and 90’s). Being 40 affects men in the same way as being 35 does for women (see 'Age and Male fertility')
The success of IVF cycles
for women (their own eggs) under 35 in 2012 in the USA was:
Yes it's 40%
It's actually 40%
Going home with a baby
The success of IVF cycles
for women (their own eggs) over the age of 42 in 2012 in the USA was:
Yes it's 4%
It's actually just 4%
Going home with a baby
Weight affects fertility and pregnancy; overweight or obese women…
They're actually more likely to have problems
Being overweight increases the risk of hypertension, pre-eclampsia,
diabetes, infections and blood clotting in pregnancy. The risk of pre-eclampsia (the most common
complication) doubles for overweight women and triples for obese women
Passive smoking doesn't really affect pregnancy...
Passive smokers are more likely to take over a year to get pregnant (by
14%) than women who live in a non-smoking home
Weight doesn't affect a man's fertility...
Both being underweight (BMI below 19) or overweight (BMI over 25) are
linked to lower sperm quality
Chinese herbal medicine increases fertility by:
They're all true
All are true (see 'Effect of Chinese herbs on
'Measuring the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine in
improving female fertility.' Trevor Wing and Elke Sedmeier. Journal of Chinese
Medicine. 80. Feb. 2006. 22-28
When menstrual cycles are 28 days, timing sex to which day will be the most
It's actually day 12
It’s difficult to predict the day of ovulation, but it’s usually day 14
in a 28 day cycle. The most fertile day is two days before ovulation; so day 12
Hot baths, spas and saunas all reduce a man's chances of having a child...
Sperm are made in the testes and these need to be a bit cooler than the
rest of the body for sperm to grow properly (see 'Sperm').
However there’s no proof that wearing tight pants harm sperm!
'Influence of genital heat stress on semen quality in humans.'
Jung A, Schuppe HC. Andrologia. 2007 Dec;39(6):203-15.
The recommendations on drinking alcohol for women who're trying to get pregnant
Alcohol is best avoided
The evidence isn’t clear on how even small amounts of alcohol affects
pregnancy, but we know that moderate drinking reduces pregnancy rates (see 'Lifestyle'); it's safest to not drink
alcohol at all
Chinese herbal medicine is more effective than pharmaceutical drugs for period
It's actually true
The highly respected Cochrane Revue found that Chinese herbal medicine
is about twice as likely to relieve period pain, general period symptoms and to reduce the need for
painkillers when compared to pharmaceutical drugs
'Chinese herbal medicine for primary dysmenorrhoea' Zhu X, Proctor
M, Bensoussan A, Smith CA, Wu E. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007 Oct 17;(4):CD005288.
How long does it take for a woman's fertility to be free from the effects of
It's actually a year
Smoking affects fertility, partly because it increases damage to all
cells in the body. The chemicals in the smoke damage the eggs developing in the ovaries and reduce the blood
supply to the womb. Eggs now being ovulated started their development about a year ago (see 'Female fertility')
About sex...how many of the following are true?
None of these are true
These common ‘fertility myths’ are told without any evidence! Sperm can
reach the end of a Fallopian tube in five minutes and are so tiny it doesn’t really matter what position the
tubes are in!
About timing sex...how many of the following are true?
None of these are true; see 'Female fertility'
to learn how the menstrual cycle works and when there’s a conception ‘window’
That's not the case
Infertility means a couple have been actively (but unsuccessfully)
trying for a baby for a year or more, rather than anything more specific. It doesn’t mean that you couldn’t
get pregnant next week
Fertility treatment is expensive...
Some fertility treatment is essential for some couples but very
expensive (see 'IVF costs'). Many experts (including Lord
Winston) are concerned about the commercialisation of many fertility treatments.
Morefertile supports less expensive ways to increase fertility either naturally or with Chinese medicine,
understanding this isn’t an option for every couple
Infertility is a woman thing...
This isn't entirely true
It’s a shared thing. The causes of infertility are spread pretty evenly
between the sexes, and often it’s simply a combination of both partners being less than ‘normally’ fertile.
Expert opinion is that, for most couples, increasing the natural fertility of both partners is the best way
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