06 August, 2018

7 Myths that fertility doctors often hear from patients

Infertility is an obstacle in parenthood for many couples. Patients of all ages, backgrounds and health may suffer from infertility due to various factors. Doctors who treat patients with infertility often hear some common misconceptions during patient appointments. It helps if more and more men and women know about the realities of fertility. It will help them improve their chances of conceiving:

  1. A man who is already a dad, does not have fertility problems

Just like female fertility, male fertility also decreases with age, particularly after age 40. According to experts, there is a direct link between paternal age and an increased risk of autism and schizophrenia. Men pass along as many as four times more genetic mutations as compared to mothers. As a man ages, the amount of healthy semen and overall semen volume also decreases.

  1. If others in my family can be fertile in their 40s, so can I

During fertility treatment, family history is taken into account. However, it can neither help nor hinder fertility potential. Previous successful pregnancy also do not indicate a problem-free conception route. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11% of couples experience secondary infertility. Once a woman is 40 years old, there is less than 5% chance she will get pregnant in any given month.

  1. You can give up smoking after getting Pregnant

About 13% of infertility diagnosis in the US are due to smoking cigarettes. If a woman or man smokes five cigarettes a day, it can lower their fertility rates to a great extent.

  1. The Women does not have to worry about her Eggs until she’s 40

A woman is born with around 7 million eggs, which come down to 400,000 when she hits puberty. During her lifetime, around 400 to 500 eggs are released. As the woman ages, her ovarian reserve declines. Her egg supply face a rapid decline in the late 20s, again in the 30s and then even more so after age 35.

  1. It’s ok if I don’t lose weight before getting pregnant

When men or women carry extra weight, hormonal shifts might occur in the body and it can affect ovulation and semen production. The good news is that couples can become active together to lose weight and boost their fertility. According to statistics, around 70 percent of women with infertility are also obese. Even if they lose as little as 5 to 10% of their body weight, it can boost their fertility.

  1. Only Women need supplements before Pregnancy

Women are usually asked to take folic acid when they begin trying to conceive. This helps prevent certain birth defects. But folic acid is also an important supplement in male fertility. As per researchers, men had a higher rate of chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm when their diet was low in folic acid.

  1. Having sex every day can help in getting pregnant faster

This is another myth. Having sex every day can only slightly increase pregnancy chances when compared to having sex every other day. If a man has a normal sperm count, sperm concentration does not decrease during daily sex.

These are some common myths that the couple have about pregnancy. If you need to know more about myths and truth associated with fertility, talk to our doctors at KIMS Cuddles for advice.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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01 February, 2018

7 Fertility mistakes every couple makes

When trying to conceive for the first time, couples often make certain mistakes that delay conception. Here are 7 common fertility mistakes every couple makes and ways to improve your chances to get pregnant: Timing Typically, women have a 28-day cycle, which means ovulation generally happens around day 14. However, it isn’t guaranteed that every woman goes through the same. Individual cycles vary and you may have one that’s shorter or longer. In order to figure out the exact date of your ovulation, you can count back 14 days from the day you started your period. Seeing an expert to soon Most women under 35 take up to a year to get pregnant. If you’re feeling frustrated after trying for 6 or 7 months, and don’t have any underlying health problem, it is better to wait it out. Almost 80% of healthy couples get pregnant within a year. If you’re over 35, see an expert after six months of trying. Waiting too long to see an expert Sometimes, there are exceptions to the one-year-wait rule. If your cycle is shorter than 25 days or longer than 35 days, if your periods are painful or heavy, or you’ve experienced a pelvic infection in the past, see a doctor sooner to get everything checked.
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15 February, 2018

5 Ways your Home may be causing your infertility

Sometimes, despite having no apparent health problems, you may find yourself dealing with infertility. It may be worthwhile to take a closer look at certain external factors that may be the reason behind your inability to conceive. One of them is the home you live in. Here are 5 things in your home that may be the reason behind your infertility: Soaps Antibacterial soap may be expert at eliminating germs, but it may also have an effect on your chances of conceiving. Apart from these, certain shampoos, dishwashing liquids, and certain toothpaste may contain triclosan – a chemical linked to the endocrine disruption that may play havoc with your hormones and interfere with your reproductive system. In men, triclosan can reduce sperm count. Make sure your household soaps are free from this substance. Canned Goods Hard plastics and those used to make microwave-safe food containers and water bottles may contain a chemical known as BPA or bisphenol A. It can also be found in the linings of aluminum cans. According to research, high levels of BPA in men’s urine can lower their sperm count. Even in women, those with twice as much BPA in their bloodstream had half as many viable eggs. Research has shown a link between BPA levels and polycystic ovary syndrome. Avoid
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19 February, 2018

5 Facts about smoking and infertility

Smoking is injurious to your health. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall well-being. If you’re a smoker, you probably know that it can affect your fertility. In order to improve your chances of conceiving, it is important to quit smoking. Here are 5 facts about smoking and infertility that you should know: Smoking can cause infertility Those who smoke are more likely to have fertility problems than non-smokers. If you’ve been smoking for many years or smoke many cigarettes per day, you are at an increased risk for fertility problems. Smoking spreads more than 7000 chemicals throughout your entire body and organs. This can cause fertility problems, such as : Problems with ovulation Genetic problems Damage to your reproductive organs Damage to eggs or premature menopause Increased risk of cancer and miscarriage When smokers take fertility treatments, they tend to take longer to get pregnant. They are also likely to give birth to babies with health problems. Secondhand smoke can affect your fertility If your partner is a smoker and you’re trying to get pregnant, encourage them to stop smoking. Secondhand smoke may expose you to toxic chemicals that affect your fertility. Experts say that secondhand smoke is as damaging to your fertility as smoking
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