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For women in the prime biological age range of 20-35 years old, it can be pretty easy to get pregnant. Of couples without any fertility problems trying to conceive a child, 60 percent will be pregnant within three months, 75 percent within six months, and about 85 percent within a year. But besides age, there are a number of surprising things that can affect a couple's chances of getting pregnant. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology studied nearly 3,000 women and found that women who exercise everyday had a lower fertility rate than other women. Smoking can also decrease a woman's chances of getting pregnant: a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology found that women who smoked produced fewer eggs when undergoing fertility treatments. For every 10-pack years of smoking, women produced 2.5 fewer mature oocytes and two less embryos.
Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is a chemical added to plastic to make it more flexible, and is commonly found in water bottles. Several studies have linked BPA exposure to trouble conceiving. A study by Human Reproduction found a link between women's exposure to the chemical and lower fertility. They found that women with higher levels of BPA--from drinking from water bottles with BPA--produced 24 percent fewer eggs. BPA also can decrease men's fertility rates, too: one study found it caused a 20 percent decline in sperm count. The time of the year may also play a factor in a couple's chances of getting pregnant: a UK study found that men produce less sperm during summer months, although they are not sure why. Other studies have shown that wearing "tighty whitey"-style underwear can also cause a decrease in sperm count.
What sorts of things increase your chances of getting pregnant? The research is pretty unanimous: "The most important thing for people trying to conceive is having a lot of sex." So if you're trying to get pregnant, keep at it. Have you heard of any tricks that supposedly increase or decrease your chances of conceiving? Do you have any other questions about conception? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section down below.
The best age to become a mother - between 20 and 35 (The Guardian)
"The message that ages 20 to 35 are the best for a woman to have a child should be taught in schools alongside education about teenage pregnancies and contraception, the leader of the UK's maternity doctors has said."
BPA May Worsen Women's Fertility Problems (Live Science)
"Exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) may reduce fertility among women who already have fertility problems, a new study suggests."