However, women are only half the equation when it comes to getting pregnant.
Male infertility comes into play as well.
According to the Book Of Odds:
- Women are more likely to have problems with fertility. The odds a woman 15-44 has ever had a problem becoming pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term are 1 in 8.47. For men of the same age, the odds of ever having experienced a fertility problem are 1 in 83.33.
- The frequency of fertility issues increases with age. A woman aged 40-44 is about twice as likely to experience fertility problems (1 in 5.59) as a woman age 15-29 (1 in 11.9). And men aren’t immune from the effects of age. The odds that a man 15-29 has ever had an infertility problem are 1 in 250, but that becomes 1 in 50 for men 40-44.
So clearly, the man’s pre-pregnancy health is just as important as the woman’s.
Here are some things that men can do to boost their fertility and ensure a healthy, happy pregnancy:
- Be aware of your childhood illnesses. Some childhood illnesses (such as the mumps) can affect fertility. Some can even make men permanently sterile.
- Be careful what medications you are taking. Some medications (such as Tagamet, for example) can affect a man’s sperm production.
- Keep your body cool. Saunas, hot tubs, and wearing tight clothing can kill sperm. Sperm don’t like excessive heat, so if you’re trying to get pregnant, avoid it.
- Have sex every 48 hours. Timing is everything. If you have sex too seldom or not enough, it can make getting pregnant harder.
Don’t miss these 6 ways to boost male fertility naturally.
When all is said and done, getting pregnant is definitely something worth celebrating! If you or someone you know has finally conceived, then a gift for the dad-to-be may be in order.
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