PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a hormonal disorder that affects 1 out of every 10 women during their childbearing years. It can cause irregular menstrual cycles with prolonged bleeding, unexplained weight gain, excessive hair growth, acne, and infertility.
Not being able to become pregnant when you are ready to start a family can leave you feeling bewildered (Why can’t I get pregnant?) and depressed (Why me?). Sometimes, irregular periods or painful menstrual cramps may be a sign that you might have infertility issues, but often there are no signs except that your attempts to get pregnant are unsuccessful.
You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that sunshine can boost your fertility! According to research studies, spending more time in the sun improves fertility in both men and women. In some cases, increase sunlight exposure can boost a woman’s fertility by as much as a third and women may be 35% more likely to have successful IVF treatment. As for men, sperm activity is twice as much in the summer months (July and August) as compared to January.
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most common infertility treatments available today. It involves the retrieval of a woman’s eggs from her ovaries, their fertilization in a laboratory with the man’s sperm, and the transfer of the formed embryos back to the woman’s uterus.
Did you know that sperm counts in western world have almost halved in the last 50 years and continue to fall at a rate of nearly 2% per year? This alarming trend can be attributed to factors such as high levels of lead and other toxic chemicals in the environment, use of harmful pesticides, certain occupations, increased stress, and a sedentary lifestyle.
The hormone helps prime cells for implantation, a vital stage in early pregnancy when a fertilised egg attaches to the womb lining, the study suggests.