Facts & Statistics

The uterus is roughly the size of your fist! How do babies fit!!!

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The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) define infertility as failing to get pregnant after a two years of regular unprotected sex.

The uterus is the only female body part which has no anatomical equivalent within the male body.

The uterus is entirely unique to the female form. As such it is cited as a critical part of cultural conceptions of female biology and feminine gender indentity.

(Jean elson, medical sociologist)

The first recorded hysterectomy was carried out in Ancient Greece by Greek physician Arhigenes in A.D 100. At this time vaginal hysterectomy was the traditional way to remove the uterus.

The Ancient Egyptians and Greeks attributed women’s supposed emotional instability to a “wandering womb. The root term ofhysteria derives from the Greek word hyster meaning womb.

The Biological clock ticks for men too!

The notion that age related fertility decline is only a female factor has been debunked by a recent British study. Researchers at Bristol and Brunel Universities evaluated 8,500 couples to determine the impact of age on the length of time it took to conceive. They discovered that while only 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. Despite other factors, such as the fact that frequency of intercourse drops off with age, the study suggests that paternal age, too, may be a consideration for couples struggling with fertility.

Poor dental hygiene reflects poor fertility levels. Basic practices such as not flossing, getting regular dental checks and not brushing properly can lower fertility levels… keep them pearly whites clean ladies!!!

Miscarriage occurs in 20% of all pregnancies

Although not widely reported on the number of young women experiencing miscarriage is higher than you may suspect. For many young women it is too harrowing and painful an experience to share openly with others and as such statistics, particularly for young women are not that useful. It is however important to remember than 1 miscarriage is not necessarily a sign of underlying fertility problems where as multiple miscarriage, usually 3 plus can be. It is at this time that it is most necessary to seek medical help.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) define infertility as failing to get pregnant after a two years of regular unprotected sex.

Women are born with millions of eggs. But each month, a woman loses 10,000 eggs

  • The average success rate for IVF treatment using fresh eggs in the UK is 28.2% (for women under 35)
Despite the ways in which the media presents IVF as a miracle which combats fertility and makes it possible for any woman to conceive actual rate of successful live birth following IVF are not very high as demonstrated above, with the chance of success for women over 35 being even lower.

1 in 20 women are hit by an early menopause

More than one in 20 women experience an early menopause putting them at greater risk of heart attack, stroke and bone disease in later life, warn researchers.

Higher than expected numbers stop having periods before the age of 40 for no known medical reason, a study has found.

Around 6% of women had an unexplained premature menopause, leaving them infertile at an early age, a figure which was previously estimated at 1% (during the 80′s).

The study which was carried out at Imperial College London, is one of the most comprehensive to be carried out into premature menopause. In the UK, the average age for women to begin menopause is 51 years, when your natural supply of oestrogen dwindles and the ovaries no longer have eggs.

A lack of oestrogen means women lose their natural protection against heart disease and thinning bones.

Dr Rumana Islam, who carried out the study with Dr Rufus Cartwright, looked at the records of nearly 5,000 women, all of whom were born in Britain in a single week in 1958.

They followed up with them eight times, and at age 50 asked them about the date and cause of their menopause and their quality of life.

7.4 per cent f the women experienced the menopause before the age of 40, with smokers and women from the lowest social class at higher risk.

1/5 had undergone surgical removal of the ovaries, or their ovaries had stopped functioning following chemotherapy treatment. But nearly 6% had ‘unexplained’ early menopause, said Dr Islam.

Women who had an early menopause were more than twice as likely to say they had a poor quality of life ‘affecting vitality, physical function, mental health, and general health perceptions’.

Revealing the findings to the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology, Dr Islam said the ‘burden of physical and psychological ill-health’ imposed by early menopause meant hysterectomy (where the womb and ovaries are surgically removed) as a treatment for period problems should be avoided wherever possible.

She could not explain why early menopause is more common in poorer women, saying factors such as smoking, obesity and lack of physical exercise had already been taken into account and social class remained as an independent risk factor. She suspects doctors and women may be unaware of the health risks of going through the menopause early.

‘Not only is there a greater risk of osteoporosis, there is a higher risk of subsequent cardiovascular disease,’ she said.

‘Primary care doctors need to ask women about the menopause and advise them on what steps to take to protect their health.’

U.S. research found women who experienced menopause before the age of 46 had more than twice the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problem than those who had not gone through it by that age.

Dr John Stevenson, reader in metabolic medicine at Imperial College London, and chairman of Women’s Health Concern, said hormone replacement therapy has been found to protect the arteries.

Dr Nick Panay, chairman of the British Menopause Society, said the latest study ‘provided vital new data on the association with lower socio-economic status’.

I would like to stress that although much of this article focuses on women experiencing early menopause during their 30′s and 40′s the risk of early menopause following surgery on the ovaries, uterus, womb or Fallopian tubes can also send women in to what is known as a ‘surgical menopause’, as a result of surgery the body goes into an early menopause. This is usually experienced by women who have a hysterectomy or oopherectomy as the removal of the womb and particular the ovaries which regulate levels of oestrogen. The removal of just one ovary places women at increased risk of dementia, Alzheimer, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes type 2, obesity and of course early menopause.

According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s report on Age and Fertility, 7% of women between the ages of 20 and 24 are infertile. Between the ages of 25 and 29, that number increases to 9%, and in the early 30s, between ages 30 and 34, infertility among married women increases to 15%.

Between the ages of 35 and 39, female infertility rates are much higher: 22% of married couples, according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s report, are affected. There’s no doubt that age plays a role in fertility, but age is not the only factor.

Something else couples forget about is that up to 50% of infertility cases include male factor infertility. While age does have an effect on male fertility, the most common causes of male factor infertility are NOT related to age.

1 pregnancy in 4 ends in miscarriage (25%)

Of 100 couples trying to conceive naturally

20 will conceive within one month

70 will conceive within six months

85 will conceive within a year

90 will conceive within 18 months

95 will conceive within two years

(14/10/2011)

In the UK today : 1 in 6 couples are infertile (17%)

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