4 Facts That Will Help You Get Pregnant

Many people have a lot to learn when it comes to conception and staying fertile. That’s according to Pamela Madsen, executive director of the American Infertility Association (AIA). According to a recent web-based survey on the subject by her organization, only 1 in more than 12,000 women could correctly answer 15 questions about their reproductive life cycle. Here are 4 startling fertility facts that you and your partner should know.

4. Just because you’re in overall good health doesn’t mean that you or your partner are fertile.

That’s right, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and having excellent blood pressure and cholesterol levels doesn’t automatically make you fertile. In fact, 1 in 10 healthy couples of reproductive age will experience fertility problems. The causes are variable and equally attributed one-third of the time to the male, one-third of the time to the female, and one-third of the time to indeterminable reasons.

According to Tennessee-based reproductive endocrinologist Sam Thatcher, MD, the biggest factor that influences fertility is something that’s beyond everyone’s control: age. For healthy women, they are most fertile in their mid 20s, then starts to decline at 27, before plummeting around age 37. Dr. Thatcher advises that if you’re in your mid 30s or older and trying to conceive, you need to be very specific in your intentions. That means you should figure out when you’re ovulating and having sex at those optimal times.