Fertility Basics 101 – Parts of the Reproductive System
It is not unusual for people to know very little of their own anatomy. If that's you, you are not alone! And it's easy to find out a little more of what needs to work when you are trying to have a baby.
Fertility Basics | The Reproductive System
Each of us has a basic set of "fertility" parts. Do you know what they are? If you don't, or aren't sure, here's a simple list.
If you are a woman:
- A uterus
- Ovaries (typically two)
- Fallopian tubes (also typically two)
- A cervix
- A vagina
If you are a man:
- A penis
- Vas deferens
- Testicles (typically two)
- A scrotum
- A prostate
How Basic Fertility Parts Function
Those are the basics. When you are trying to have a baby, all of these parts play an important role. They are not the only fertility parts. Let's focus on them today though. Intermediate fertility parts will be next week. (Subscribe to PathtoFertility and have the blog delivered to your email every business day. )
Our basic fertility parts each have an important function. If they are working perfectly, and you have properly timed sexual intercourse, the odds of a pregnancy occurring are about 30% before the age of 30 and about 15-20% after 35.
That's when everything is working exactly like it should. And sometimes that's not what happens.
Fertility Parts & Infertility Treatment
Very often with infertility, there is only a slight adjustment that needs to be made to improve the odds in your favor to successfully achieve pregnancy. Sometimes the timing of sperm meeting egg is off and you need to either try earlier or later in your reproductive cycle.
Sometimes a low dose of medication is needed to ensure that ovulation is happening. Sometimes it's as simple as an ovulation predictor kit to make sure that you are trying to conceive at the right time.
One big factor to consider is the sperm. It is half of the cells needed to conceive. Very often the early emphasis is placed on the woman's role and if this is so, you may be overlooking what is right in front of you.
Infertility or sub fertility can be a simple adjustment and voila, you're pregnant. Next week we'll discuss, intermediate fertility parts, otherwise known as hormones and glands.
Have a question? Ask it here. If I don't know the answer, I'll make sure to ask one of our award winning fertility doctors and get the answer back to you.
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About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.