Fertility Week starts on September 1st with the aim of raising awareness about myths and truths surrounding fertility.

We live longer and healthier lives and can believe that great health means good fertility. The truth is that the longer we leave it, the more unlikely it can be to achieve a pregnancy.

The top five factors affecting your fertility are:


  • Age, fertility for women starts to decline after the age of 32 years, with much a more rapid fall after the age of 35 years.
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Weight, both overweight and underweight
  • Timing of sex

As we learn more about the factors affecting fertility, more evidence has been found regarding the importance of these same factors for men's fertility and hormone balance, particularly regarding lifestyle.

Other factors influencing fertility for both men and women and the chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby are :


  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis and past STI infection
  • Caffeine
  • Nutrition
  • Toxins, such as pesticides, heavy metals and radiation
  • Drugs, such as anabolic steroids and recreational drugs
  • Medication
  • Genetics
  • Cancer treatments

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