Infertility seems to be on the increase especially among couples over the age of 35. Figures reveal that one in seven couples seek medical help now for fertility and it’s thought that, as many as 30 per cent of couples have problems getting pregnant but don’t seek help.
This increase has been linked to the busy high paced lifestyles we are all leading as well as the fact that some couples are leaving it later to start a family. In 2011, 48,147 women had IVF treatment but only 17,041 couples had a baby following IVF. This means that on average only 1 in 4 couples have success with IVF. This number decreases with age so for example in the age bracket 40-42 only 12 per cent had a successful pregnancy after IVF. Some have as many as four failed attempts at IVF.
It makes sense then that preparing yourself physically for conception is of utmost importance and a balanced high protein diet is a must for healthy fertility.
Where couples make changes to their diet and lifestyle ensuring they have a balance with stress and relaxation and a well rounded diet, they will have a higher chance of achieving pregnancy without medical intervention. The stress placed upon both partners but especially the females body from IVF treatment cannot be ignored as a factor that continues to make the problem worse. This type of stress can in some cases cause the premature release of eggs which are not mature enough to be fertilised and so the cycle repeats itself.
Also, fast food diets and eating habits are a prime cause of some couple’s poor fertility. Only half of couples fall pregnant within 6 months of trying and about 80% after 12 months, with 90% taking two years to conceive naturally.