5 Surprising Fertility Facts You Didn't Know

When it comes to fertility, you might feel like you’ve heard it all! From quitting your coffee and wine habit to cutting out stress — these common health habits are often the most widely known rules in trying to conceive. But, we’re pretty sure you haven’t tried everything just yet. These 5 surprising tips could have you seeing a double line in no time!

1. You’re most fertile before ovulation.

In addition to the day you ovulate, you’re actually more likely to get pregnant if you have sex the five days prior! That’s because sperm can last for several days and once your egg leaves your ovary, the sperm has up to 24 hours to implant.

2. Good dental health is critical.

As you may know, good oral hygiene prevents bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. In addition? A healthy mouth can ward off an array of other problems, including infertility. Research has shown dental health may affect how long it takes a woman to conceive and during pregnancy, poor dental health can increase the risk of preterm labor and low birth weight in newborns. For men, tooth decay and gum disease have been linked to poor sperm health!

3. Full-fat dairy has its perks.

Did you know, one or more servings of full-fat dairy can decrease the risk of infertility? So stop feeling guilty about that pint of ice cream in your freezer, and dig in!

4. The pill could help get you pregnant.

Yes, you read that right. The pill not only regulates your period, but it can also lower your risk of ovarian and uterine cancers — which can make you more likely to conceive once you’re ready.

5. Your weight can affect your chances of getting pregnant.

This includes being overweight and underweight! Guidelines suggest a normal, healthy body mass index (BMI) is between 19 and 25. Calculate your body mass index here, and speak with your doctor should you have questions or concerns!

We know the fertility journey isn’t always a smooth one, but Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine is always here to support your medical and emotional interests. To learn more about our services, contact us today.

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