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Reproductive health

Are you worried about your fertility? Your fertility is affected by various things and, for example, the functional capacity of the ovaries can be measured.

People in Finland have their first children at an older age than before. The average age of a woman giving birth to their first child is 29.6 years while the average age of all women giving birth is over 31 years. A woman’s age has a significant impact on fertility and the likelihood of pregnancy.

The functional capacity of the ovaries can be measured

A woman’s most fertile age is generally 20–25 years. Around this time, the anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) concentration in the blood is at the highest. The level of the hormone can be measured. An AMH test provides information about the functional condition of the ovaries. The test is especially recommended for women over 35 years of age. 

Fertility advice service helps if you have worries regarding fertility

In most cases, you do not need to worry about your fertility if you are a woman under the age of 30 in good health, you do not suffer from any latent symptoms of a general illness, your menstrual cycle is regular and you have a healthy lifestyle. However, you should consider booking a Felicitas Mehiläinen fertility advice service appointment if your lifestyle is not quite right, you have a primary disease or symptoms thereof and your mother’s menstruation has ended prematurely. 

Menopause is the age of a woman when the production of hormones related to reproduction decreases. At the same time, the menstrual cycle also ends. Menopause usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55. Genetics affect the time of the onset of menopause. The premature failure of the ovaries or premature menopause is a condition in which menstruation stops at the age of 40 years or earlier. This situation is often referred to as Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)in connection with infertility treatments.

Not just treatment, but also examination of fertility

Before starting infertility treatments, it is necessary to study the overall situation, i.e. any issues that affect reproductive health, and to correct the underlying factors that may impair fertility, if possible.

Prolonged stress, a nutritional deficit in those who exercise excessively, and excess need to control life are typical factors detected at the Felicitas Mehiläinen fertility advice service appointments. Lifestyle-related factors that make it particularly difficult to get pregnant also include smoking and obesity.

Learn more: The effect of lifestyles on fertility

Copper IUDs may cause problems

Reproductive health is also impaired by latent, sometimes asymptomatic or pre-existing primary diseases such as thyroid dysfunction, gynaecological diseases, gluten intolerance, diabetes and cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases. In some cases, previous use of a copper IUD can make it difficult to begin a pregnancy. Male reproductive health is just as important as the woman’s reproductive health. The man’s lifestyles, including smoking, obesity and primary diseases, has a lot to do with the production and quality of sperm.