When should i start preconception care?
Preconception care should ideally be started at least 3-4 months prior to attempting to conceive. The basis behind this time frame has to do with the development of an egg (oocyte) and sperm cells.
Woman are born with all the eggs they’ll ever have, and over time the number of viable eggs decreases. In a typical female reproductive cycle an egg takes about 100 days from when it enters the start of a growth cycle until ovulation, the time when it is ready for fertilisation.
Men make sperm on a ‘as required’ basis. Generally this process takes around 70-90 days, called spermatogenesis.
By supporting the health of both partners during the 3-4 months prior to conception we can improve the health of both the egg and the sperm that go on to create a little human life. This not only improves chances of fertility success, but also of the health of child and future generations.
While 3-4 months is our ideal time, we often work with individuals and couples for longer and shorter periods of time to improve success and health outcomes.
In short, its never too early, or too late, to consider preconception care.