Focus on Family: The Gynecology Institute of Chicago founder Dr. Nicole Williams on Fertility Awareness Week

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Dr. Nicole Williams

The Gynecology Institute of Chicago
845 N Michigan Avenue
(312) 929-9191

National Fertility Awareness Week (April 23-29)


Avoid alcohol and smoking

Decrease caffeine intake

Healthy weight

Avoid TOO vigorous exercise (can stop ovulation)

Get enough sleep (night shift workers have lower fertility)

For men: avoid tight fitting underwear (decreases sperm count)

Recent Study:

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that women in the U.S. and other developed countries are waiting significantly longer before becoming pregnant than women of a generation ago. The average age of first-time mothers in the U.S. jumped from 21.4 in 1970 to 25 in 2009.  This is why fertility awareness is more important now than ever.
Fast Facts:

1 in 8 couples will experience problems with fertility (12%)

7.4 million women will seek infertility care in their lifetime

1/3 of infertility of infertility is female related, 1/3 male, the remainder is unexplained

Interesting Fact: A couple ages 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system has only a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month!  This is why it can take several months to conceive, even though both of you are normal.

Good News: 80% of couples will be able to conceive after one year, and that number goes up to nearly 90% after 2 years, even for couples up to 39.


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