Global reproductive health is in decline, with infertility affecting one in every six couples. Take a glance at the headlines, though, and you might not be inclined to believe that this is true.
Janet Jackson became a mum at 50 and Geri Horner (Halliwell) recently shared the news that she’s pregnant at 44.Earlier this year, Daljinder Kaur became one of the world’s oldest first-time mothers when she gave birth to her son at the ripe old age of 70.
By the time a woman reaches her forties, she has a 5 percent chance of becoming pregnant naturally when actively trying. And in women over 45, even with the aid of IVF, this rate drops to 1.2 percent.
While lifestyle choices have no consequence on the number of eggs a woman possess, they can impact the health of these eggs and her overall reproductive health.
We know that obesity can cause hormonal imbalances which can disrupt ovulation cycles and increase the chances of problems developing during the pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes. By the same token, underweight women can also have trouble conceiving.
Unsurprisingly, smoking is known to be detrimental to reproductive health. However, research has also shown that a woman’s mother’s or even grandmothers’ smoking status can impact her chances of conceiving a healthy child. When a mother smokes during pregnancy, the developing female embryo and its eggs are directly subjected to cigarette smoke and its toxic constituents