Study: Obesity, Delaying Motherhood to Blame for Struggles to Conceive

According to a new study, one in five couples spends more than a year trying to conceive. Experts say that obesity and delaying motherhood are to blame for this. Adding more to the problem, the effect of not being able to conceive is so bad for some couples that it forces them apart or places their relationship under a great amount of pressure. 

A study of more than 2,000 people, which was conducted for ITV's This Morning, found that the number of those couples struggling to conceive is actually higher than originally quoted by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, which states that only 14 percent suffer fertility problems. However, experts say that couples should not have any cause for alarm until a year has passed without being successful.

Currently, there are more mothers over the age of 30 than at any other time since records began.

Research has shown that being overweight can interfere with ovulation in women and sperm quality in men. Sexually transmitted infections, such as Chlamydia, are shown to affect both male and female fertility. When it came to IVF, 17 percent of couples said they would try it once, with 35 percent of men saying they would want their partner to try it up to three times. Eight percent of those questioned had undergone IVF and later became pregnant naturally.

Data released by the Office for National Statistics last month found that the proportion of women over 40 having children has tripled in the last 20 years, with women in this age group accounting for 30,000 births last year.

Women who put off becoming pregnant have a significantly lower chance of bearing a child after the age of 35. The ONS said the demise of the younger mother has happened because there are growing numbers of women who put their education and career first, while the cost of housing and child rearing is also persuading many other women to delay pregnancy. And for the first time, the ONS suggested that the decline of marriage and the increase in cohabitation has made it harder for women to have families.

Previous research has also found that couples going through IVF are more likely to have relationship difficulties. Women undergoing IVF are less likely to want sex or be as satisfied in their relationships, researchers from Indiana University found. These women were also less likely to orgasm and experience more discomfort during sex. The longer the IVF process continued, the worse the symptoms became.

Source: Daily Mail


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