Your chance of getting pregnant each month is probably lower than you thought

I feel like they missed a LOT out of sex ed classes

20.11.2019

I feel like they missed a LOT out of sex ed classes

Getting pregnant is more complicated than you might think.

Excessive drinking (above the recommended weekly allowance) can affect a man's semen quality

Other health conditions including mumps after puberty, an undescended testicle, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis and menstrual cycle problems can negatively affect fertility

declines with age - particularly so from the age of 35.

"It is not a sharp drop by age 40, but a continuous drop from birth. Women are born with 1-2 million eggs, and from puberty we lose about 1,000 a month until the menopause. The quality of the eggs goes down as the chromosomes in the egg are fragile and the older they are, the more likely the chromosomes can become muddled.

Starting from puberty, men produce sperm all their life, but the quality declines with age. When the male partner is over the age of 45, there is an increased risk of miscarriage and certain conditions in the offspring, such as autism.

under 35 and have been trying for one year without success

"I aimed to have kids at 30 but was with a partner who was not ready," Joyce tells

Generally, women are leaving it later and later to have children, with

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