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Fertility: five key questions answered

1 – Does weight affect the ability to conceive? Being overweight, or underweight can affect fertility. In women, it can affect normal rates of ovulation, alter hormone chemistry and prevent ovulation. In men, hormonal changes can affect sperm quality and sex drive. Learning: Doctors consider a body mass index (BMI) between 19 and 25 to be ideal.

2 – Can wearing tight underwear reduce sperm count? High temperatures can be harmful to sperm.,but your choice of underwear should not heat things up enough to make an impact. Learning: Wear what makes you comfortable and keeps you cool

3 – Will more sex improve the chances of conceiving? Research shows that it’s not about how much sex you have, it’s about when you have it. Rather than having sex all the time when trying to conceive, it’s better to have sex every other day around ovulation to give sperm a chance to recharge. Learning: It’s all about timing, not frequency

4 – Will lying on your back with hips raised for 20 minutes after sex help you to get pregnant? You might think that gravity will give those sperm a little extra boost but the fact is, there’s no scientific proof that this will increase your chances. Learning: Let sperm be sperm, you don’t need to contort your body to help them out.

5 – Will eating pineapple help you to get pregnant? A commonly held rumour states that pineapple juice contains enzymes that can increase the thickness of the lining on the uterus and improve chances of implantation. However there’s no research to back this up. In fact, pineapples contain no more nutrients beneficial to uterine thickness than any other food. Learning: Expect nothing more from the humble pineapple than the health benefits of eating fresh fruit.