Homes+ (Australia) - - PLUS HEALTH -

As you en­ter your 30s, start­ing a fam­ily could well be front of mind, if you haven’t al­ready, and you may only find out about any fer­til­ity is­sues once you start try­ing. Con­di­tions such as en­dometrio­sis (when tis­sue sim­i­lar to the lin­ing of the womb grows out­side it in other parts of the body) of­ten presents in a woman’s teens or early 20s, how­ever, many women will live with the symp­toms for years, or they’re masked by use of the con­tra­cep­tive Pill. En­dometrio­sis and other prob­lems, like poly­cys­tic ovar­ian syn­drome, can af­fect your chances of con­ceiv­ing, not to men­tion the ef­fect symp­toms have on qual­ity of life, so it’s im­por­tant to see your GP if you feel some­thing isn’t right, such as painful or ir­reg­u­lar pe­ri­ods.

You may want to go for a gen­eral check-up be­fore try­ing for a baby. Your fer­til­ity starts to de­cline at 32, drops again at 35 and de­creases by half at 40. It’s rec­om­mended you visit your GP if you haven’t con­ceived af­ter a year if you’re un­der 35, and af­ter six months if you’re over 35.

“As ki­los be­come harder to shed, a more dis­ci­plined at­ti­tude to diet and ex­er­cise may be nec­es­sary.”

Road to baby Make sure you’re in op­ti­mum health be­fore try­ing for a baby.

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