- 6 Months ago
It's a well known fact that women have a tough time conceiving as they age, but a new research suggests that having a baby isn't as easy as it used to be. Scientists suggest that by the time a woman hits 30, she may have lost up to 90% of her eggs and only 3% are allegedly left by the age of 40. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the importance of shielding fertility before and after one hits 30. Here are a few things that you need to know about your biological clock if you're trying to conceive: Age matters - When it comes to fertility, age matters to a very great extent. Both men and women are most fertile in their early twenties. Fertility in women declines rapidly after the age of 35, particularly because of the decline in the quality of the eggs released by the ovaries. Whereas, men's fertility declines around the age of 40 and most men are able to father children into their 50s and even beyond. Avoid STIs - STIs such as Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia can damage a woman's fallopian tube which makes it harder to become pregnant. If you think that you may have contracted an STI, get yourself checked. Don't smoke - "Women who smoke 20 cigarettes a day experience menopause on an average two years earlier than non-smokers," says Professor Ledger. Men who smoke risk damaging their sperm. Don't over drink - Say "NO" to alcohol if you're trying to get pregnant. Women can reduce the risk of hampering a developing baby by not drinking too much and drinking no more than one or two units of alcohol twice a week. Men who drink more than three to four units a day may damage their sperm. Keep away from radiation and dangerous chemicals - Exposure to chemicals such as glycol ester or radiation found in some paints can harm fertility. Maintain a healthy weight - Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, as being overweight or obese can lower your chances of conceiving. Men need to keep their testicles cool - Doctors suggest that a man's testicles should be one to two degrees cooler than the rest of his body. Tight innerwear, resting laptops on the lap as well as hot showers and baths can raise temperature of the testicles. If you're trying to conceive for more than a year and you're still not pregnant, it's time to see your doctor!