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18 Interesting Facts About Fertility and Conception

Fertility, conception and growing a healthy pregnancy are complicated processes, though it seems quite easy for us. Our bodies usually know exactly what it’s doing, and if you think about it — that is a totally weird, yet awesomely mind-blowing thing. There are a lot of things that go on ‘behind the scenes’ that involve the right timing, perfect amount of hormones being released and timing with our partner to get the pregnancy test to show positive.

A few years back when I was trying to conceive and desperate to learn all I could to help my pregnancies, I came across a lot of awesome information that I never realized before. Now, as my husband and I continue to contemplate starting the whole trying-to-conceive thing over again, I find myself researching again the interesting and cool facts about fertility and conception.

Click through to read 18 interesting facts about fertility and conception:


  • Life of an Egg 1 of 18
    Life of an Egg
    The egg only lives about 12 to 24 hours after leaving the ovary.
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  • Average Woman’s Cycle 2 of 18
    Average Woman's Cycle
    The average menstrual cycle is 28-32 days. The average cycle day of ovulation is between 11-21, but can vary.
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  • Male Clock 3 of 18
    Male Clock
    8 percent of men younger than 25 fail to impregnate their partner after a year of trying, that number grows to 15 percent after age 35.
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  • Journey of the Egg 4 of 18
    Journey of the Egg
    The egg is stays in the Fallopian tubes for around three days and then make it's way to the uterus.
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  • Body Fat 5 of 18
    Body Fat
    A minimum of 22% fat is necessary for normal ovulation and conception.
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  • Boxers or Briefs 6 of 18
    Boxers or Briefs
    While it is true that very high temperatures can be harmful to sperm, the choice between boxers or briefs for men do not heat things up enough to make any impact to sperm.
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  • Fertility Peeks 7 of 18
    Fertility Peeks
    For healthy women, fertility peaks in their mid 20s, begins declining at age 27, then starts going down drastically at age 37.
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  • Fertility Problems 8 of 18
    Fertility Problems
    One in 10 healthy couples (of reproductive age) will experience fertility problems.
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  • Infertility Factor 9 of 18
    Infertility Factor
    1/3 of fertility problems is female factor, 1/3 is male factor and 1/3 is unidentifiable or both partners.
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  • Sex Position 10 of 18
    Sex Position
    Sperm can be found in the cervical canal just seconds after ejaculation. It doesn't matter which sexual position.
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  • Sperm Life 11 of 18
    Sperm Life
    Sperm can live in the female reproductive tract for up to three days after sex.
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  • The Month of May 12 of 18
    The Month of May
    May is the month in which the heaviest babies are born. On average they are 200 grams heavier than any other month.
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  • Boy or Girl? 13 of 18
    Boy or Girl?
    At the very moment of fertilization, the babies sex and other genetic profile is determined.
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  • Chance of Getting Pregnant 14 of 18
    Chance of Getting Pregnant
    A healthy 30-year-old woman has a 20% chance per month of getting pregnant and that chance drops drastically by 40-years-old with only a 5% chance.
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  • What’s in an Age? 15 of 18
    What's in an Age?
    In 1970 the average age for a first-time mother was about 21 years-old, but today the age is up to 25-29 years-old
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  • Getting Down in the Winter 16 of 18
    Getting Down in the Winter
    More babies are born during the hottest time of the year. The most popular months being July-September, which means more couples are having sex in the cold winter months.
    Photo credit: photostock
  • Superfetation 17 of 18
    Superfetation
    The presence of two fetuses at notably different gestational ages with separate amniotic membranes is incredibly rare, but happens. There are only 10 confirmed cases in medical history.
    Photo credit: photostock
  • Highest Chance 18 of 18
    Highest Chance
    The highest chance of pregnancy is when sex occurs 1-2 days prior to ovulation
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