Our San Antonio fertility doctors agree that your fertility typically peaks in your mid-20s to early 30s
Biologically-speaking, you’re most likely to get pregnant in your 20s. When you’re in your 20s, on average, there’s about a 25% chance you will get pregnant in any given month. This decade is also when your eggs are at their highest quality. If you are trying to conceive on your own, we suggest that you take a daily dose of folic acid (400 mcg), time intercourse to coincide with ovulation, and embrace healthy habits and lifestyle changes to boost your fertility.
Of course, some women still struggle with fertility in their 20s for reasons ranging from tubal issues to low sperm count in their partner. There are many ways our San Antonio fertility doctors, Erika Munch and Susan Hudson can help you get pregnant.
Now is the time to develop good health habits to boost fertility in your 20s
One of the best ways to boost fertility in your 20s is to watch what you eat. It can be difficult to get pregnant if you’re either very underweight or very overweight. This is why it’s important to maintain a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) and eat a nutritious diet when you’re trying to conceive. You should also exercise in moderation, as strenuous, high impact regimens may disrupt your menstrual cycle.
Another good way to increase fertility in your 20s is to limit alcohol and caffeine, quit smoking cigarettes, and avoid risky sexual behaviors that could lead to a sexually transmitted disease. There’s a reason why fertility doctors discourage these behaviors: They aren’t conducive to a healthy pregnancy.
If you’re struggling to get pregnant, our San Antonio fertility doctors can help
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, women in their 20s should see a fertility doctor if they’re unable to get pregnant after trying for one year. San Antonio fertility doctors Erika Munch, MD, and Susan Hudson, MD recommend seeking help immediately if you have irregular periods, a family history of early menopause, a history of sexually transmitted disease or endometriosis, or known medical problems that could impact fertility in either you or your partner.
In cases like these, early intervention can make all the difference in boosting fertility in your 20s.
Drs. Munch and Hudson offer a wide variety of fertility treatment options for female and male infertility
If you need assistance getting pregnant in your 20s, Dr. Munch and Dr. Hudson are here to help. They offer highly-successful fertility treatments, including intrauterine insemination, IUI, and in vitro fertilization, IVF. These procedures may sound similar, but they address distinct causes of infertility.
- IUI involves placing washed, activated sperm directly into the uterus, close to the fallopian tubes, to give the sperm a “head start.”
- IVF involves removing the eggs and fertilizing them with sperm in an IVF lab, and then transferring embryos (fertilized eggs) back into the uterus.
Male factors are present in half of couples seeking help for infertility, so expect to have your male partner tested as well.
A simple and pain-free semen analysis screens for problems with morphology (shape), motility (the ability for sperm to swim) and sperm count, among other factors. After Dr. Munch or Dr. Hudson reviews the semen analysis findings, they will either recommend treatment at our San Antonio fertility center, or make a referral to a local urologist if further evaluation is needed.
Consider fertility preservation if you don’t want to get pregnant right away
If you know you want to have a family someday, but aren’t ready to get pregnant in your 20s, you might consider fertility preservation now, while your eggs are in prime condition. Our full service San Antonio fertility center, in conjunction with Ovation® Fertility, can help preserve your fertility by freezing eggs, sperm or embryos.
Egg freezing was initially developed in order to offer women who were getting ready to undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer or another serious chronic illness an opportunity to preserve their fertility before their eggs were potentially damaged. As success rates improved over the years, we began also offering it to women who want to electively preserve their fertility for any other number of reasons.
Contact our San Antonio fertility center for help in optimizing your fertility in your 20s and beyond. We have individualized treatments that address the unique needs of women throughout their reproductive years.