10 fertility facts

Dr. Jean Twenge is author of “The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant.”

In her book, she highlights fertility facts that can help you conceive.

Below are 10 facts about fertility that you may or may not know, that some consider are the most influential facts to follow when it’s time to get pregnant.

  1. You can increase your odds of conceiving, even if you’re over the age of 35, by keeping track of your ovulation.
  2. Your most fertile day is not the day of ovulation, but up to 2 days prior.
  3. Conception statistics for women over the age of 35 often rely on an old study.  More recent data suggests that only 18% of women over 35 were not pregnant within a year, 50% of whom will get pregnant in the second year of trying.
  4. Stress would have to be very severe to actually affect your fertility.
  5. If you do find yourself extremely stressed, try breathing techniques to deal with the anxiety.
  6. A healthy fertility diet should include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, olive oil, nuts, and lean protein, including fish high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  7. Ovarian reserve analyses aren’t useful for at-home conception.  Rather, these tests help fertility doctors estimate the number of eggs they can harvest for assisted reproduction procedures.
  8. Timing intercourse for gender planning purposes is probably not reliable.
  9. Avoid fertility-enhancing supplements that aren’t supported by large scientific studies.
  10. Folic acid and moderate amounts of vitamin B6 and omega-3 fish oil have been shown to promote fertility.
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