There are some things in life that are left in a shroud of mystery like dreams and sleep… And conception.
Wait? Conception? Moms are probably asking, “It’s pretty straightforward and to the point, isn’t it? Science has pretty much explained how it works, hasn’t it?”
While yes, conception certainly does seem to be straightforward and to the point (a sperm fertilizes and egg, and voila! – A baby is conceived!), there are actually a lot of mysteries that surround this incredible, awe-inspiring process. Not only can it be difficult to successfully achieve (which countless women and men are well aware of,) but it can also be impacted and influenced by a variety of factors.
Not to mention the fact that there are actually some things that can happen during conception that just don’t seem possible. Otherworldly, in fact.
What goes on during conception? How can it be impacted? What happens once a baby is conceived? For couples who are trying to have a baby, they are already expecting or have already had a baby, or they are just plain curious about the incredible process of conception, here’s a look at what seem to be ridiculous, but are actually quite true, facts about conception that most people probably don’t know.
14 Insemination By A Knife
There is a true story about an African lady that was born without a vagina. The story goes that she was engaged in oral intimate activity with another guy who was not her boyfriend and when the boyfriend saw the two together he became infuriated, pulled out a knife and went to exacting revenge on his girlfriend and her sidekick. The lady was stabbed in the abdomen.
She was stitched up in the hospital and went on her merry way. Nine months later she showed up at the same hospital with a swollen abdomen thinking they did something wrong. But to her surprise, as well as the doctors and nurses, it was discovered she was pregnant. A caesarean section was performed and out came a bouncing baby boy.
The answer: the stab wound pierced the stomach where the semen was located and caused it to travel downward to her reproductive organs. Yeah, pretty weird story.
13 The Birth Control Pill Can Actually Help Couples Conceive
You may think you’re safe and sound from getting impregnated with this little pill but don’t be so sure of that. It can happen despite all your best efforts, and that includes taking the pill. How can this happen you may ask?
Well, the pill does a couple of things that can cause your reproductive system to do the opposite of what you want to be done. Although the pill regulates your period and lowers the risk of uterine and ovarian cancers, it can make you more susceptible to conceive when you actually do try and get impregnated.
While the pill can cause your menstrual cycle to function in a way that lowers your risk of getting impregnated while on the pill, you can still become expectant while taking the pill, although your chances are low. But once you stop taking the pill, your chances of getting pregnant increases greatly.
12 More Times Conception Ends In Miscarriage
We learned that most women in their 30’s actually have a 15 percent chance of conceiving. What’s more surprising is that most of those conceptions end up in a miscarriage. Most of the time this involves fertilized eggs passing through the mother’s reproductive system and the mother having her period without missing a beat.
Other times, the pregnancy takes place outside the uterus and the mother miscarriages. Sometimes the egg, before it turns into an embryo, is absorbed into the mother’s ovaries, tubes, or other reproductive organs and gets flushed out of their system. Whatever the case is, 75 percent of all conceptions end up in a miscarriage, which means most women become impregnated at some point but don’t even realize it.
It came in the form of their period and they didn’t even know about. So although you may be wondering why you’re struggling to have a child, keep that in mind.
11 Conceiving During A Menstrual Cycle
There are women that believe they can’t get impregnated during their menstrual cycle. Well, that’s not exactly true because a woman's cycle is not as predictable as one might think. Menstrual cycles can be very unpredictable. First of all, the flow is unpredictable. You can flow heavy some days and light other days.
Secondly, your period can last longer some cycles and shorter other cycles. Your cycle is not regulated. It pretty much does things how it wants to do. Being intimate on a light day doesn’t mean you’re safe from getting impregnated. Sperm can survive for up to a week inside of a woman. It can then make its way to one of those eggs after your period is over when fertility is in effect.
Another reason why some women think they won’t get impregnated during their menstrual cycle is because her period marks the end of a monthly cycle of fertilization, which they assume they’re safe.
10 Women 40+ Are More Likely To Have Twins
The reproductive cycle runs like a well-oiled machine. An egg is released, goes unfertilized, sheds, and then the cycle repeats itself. What can make the cycle erratic are two things. One is age. Age makes the cycle more erratic for the simple reason that you’re getting older and closer to menopause and changes with your hormones.
During these changes, multiple eggs can be released at one time, causing the likelihood of twins to be produced. So the closer you get to 40 or 50, the more likely you are to have twins. Now depending on how you see things, this can be a good or bad thing.
But since most women approaching 50 or those going through menopause also experience a decrease in their intimate appetite, these occurrences pretty much cancel each other out. If the possibility of having twins scare you, you can rest assure that your decreased appetite in getting it on will prevent any surprises.
9 Fertility Pills Increase Chances Of Conceiving Twins
This is probably not as much of a surprise as it used to be due to an increase in fertility drugs and the correlation with twins. But just in case you don’t know, taking fertility pills greatly increase your chances of having twins, and even triplets. Some people take fertility pills for the simple fact that they are having a difficult time conceiving on their own, so taking pills help boost their fertility.
Some may think fertility pills increase your intimacy appetite, but that’s usually not the case. It’s not that the pills increase your intimacy appetite, it’s the fact that they produce multiple eggs at one time. They boost your fertility by producing more eggs, and this in turn increases the likelihood of having twins or multiple births at one time.
So if you like the idea of having your hands doubly full and your bank account doubly empty, invest in some fertility pills.
8 Conceiving When She's Already Expecting
Yikes! What does that mean? Well, it means you can get impregnated when you’re already expecting. Yes, it’s strange (so is the knife insemination story) but it can occur. It’s called superfetation and it happens when conception has occurred from one fertile period and another occurs at a different fertile period.
The first conception has already produced a baby in the uterus. So the woman who is already expecting and gets impregnated again. How can this happen you may ask? Despite already becoming with child, the woman keeps ovulating and a second fertilized egg gets implanted in the womb.
This mostly happens during the first trimester or the first couple of weeks of the first pregnancy where the woman is not likely aware that she has become with child. And of course, an unusual thing happens that she keeps ovulating after egg fertilization. The result then are twins not conceived at the same time.
7 Using Teeth To Open A Condom
Although it could be shocking, it should be pretty obvious. When things are flowing along and the condom is opened with your teeth instead of your hands, problems can arise. And the biggest problem is that the condom can be torn. This would be the equivalent of opening the condom with a knife or scissors.
Avoid acting like mighty man or a lion or bear on the attack and manhandling the condom by ripping it open with your teeth. The result of this is a punctured condom that is pretty much useless. But since you may not realize you actually tore it while ripping it open with your teeth, what can happen next - or a shortly afterward - is called conception.
It can be very difficult to notice a punctured condom and many won’t take the time to check to see if it is torn. This no doubt increases the chances of pregnancy.
6 Conceiving In The Bath Tub
Did you know taking a bath together can produce a baby. The surprise is that it can happen without fooling around. Now, the problem may be the fact that you’re taking a bath together in the first place, but it’s probably what newlyweds like to do.
Even before we get into how you can get impregnated without doing anything in the tub, don’t you think the likelihood of actually doing something increases just because you’re both in the tub together. Pretty much.
But the surprise goes like this, you’re not doing anything together other than bathing but the likelihood of conception can happen when semen can make it’s way out and into the water and then around the vaginal area. This is an unlikely occurrence but we're talking about ridiculous ways to conceive. To avoid this, simply don’t take a bath together, use a condom or make sure you’ve taken your birth control pill for the day.
5 Not Leaving Enough Space In The Condom
Condoms are seen as one way to decrease the chances of getting impregnated, but like everything else it’s not 100 percent effective. So many things can happen to cause a condom to be a useless piece of material. We’ve discussed how ripping it open with your teeth can cause a tear in it that will result in sperm finding a way to a fertilized egg.
Another way a condom can rendered ineffective is that not enough room is left at the tip. This could also cause sperm to be released out from the sides of the condom. Although the condom needs to fit properly, it shouldn’t fit too tight or even too loose for that matter.
This may take some practice making sure it fits properly or buying multiple sizes to make sure you’ve got the right size. There needs to be enough room left at the tip to prevent an unexpected pregnancy.
4 A Vasectomy Isn't 100 Percent Foolproof Right After The Surgery
This may be very surprising to many because you would think when a man has a vasectomy that’s the end of any chance of becoming impregnated. Now before you start scratching your head and reconsidering, a vasectomy is one of the most surest ways to prevent a pregnancy.
What it does is prevents the release of sperm when a man ejaculates because the vas deferens from each testicle is clamped, sealed or cut, which keeps sperm from combining with semen released from the penis. After a few months, it’s pretty much a sure way - 100 percent - that pregnancy can be prevented.
But it’s not as certain in the early stages right after the operation has been performed simply because vasectomies don’t take effect right away. There are follow-up procedures where the man has to go back to the doctor in a couple of months to make sure the clipped areas don’t grow back, which is a possibility too.
3 Tubal Ligation Isn't 100 Percent Either
I personally know a friend who had her tubes tied after her second child was born only to become impregnated with her third one. These common expression “tubes tied” is called tubal ligation, which is the surgical procedure of tying or clipping a woman's fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy. It is supposed to prevent fertilized eggs implanted or stored in the tubes to travel to the uterus.
The problem is if the tubes are simply tied it makes it easier for the egg to slip through the “knot” and enter into the uterus. It can also result in a fertilized egg developing into an embryo in the tube or somewhere outside the uterus resulting in ectopic pregnancy, which of course, most often results in a miscarriage.
The most effective form of tubal ligation would be clipping the tubes to prevent fertilized eggs slipping through. The likelihood of a pregnancy occurring with tubal ligation happens most shortly after the surgery has been performed.
2 Chances Of Conceiving Aren't High
This may be a good thing to know for some couples, and it may seem difficult to believe when you’re at your job and see so many expectant women popping up. Someone once said, “it must be something in the water.” Well, in actuality, conceiving is harder to do than you think. Most women only have a 15 percent chance of conceiving every month.
Those eggs just move too fast for the sperm to catch them or the sperm is not as effective and doesn’t penetrate the egg. Whatever the reason, it usually takes couples in their 30s a longer time to conceive. However, the chances of getting impregnated increase when the the woman is younger.
Women in their 20’s and teenage girls with a menstrual cycle have greater chances of conceiving. That’s probably because their hormones are more active. Those who have a lot of children probably start in their late teens or early 20’s.
1 Carrying More Weight Or Tall Women Can Produce Multiple Births
Sound strange? Yes it does. Mothers who are carrying more weight or are tall are more likely to produce multiple children. But there is some truth to it based on some research studies. Although the studies don’t know really why this is the case, it seems to be something unexplainable that can happen.
This can be good news if you’re carrying more weight or tall and want to have twins or even triplets. However if you’re not trying to have a double or triple load, then you may want to consider losing some weight. I guess that could be reason enough for some who want to lose weight. Of course, if you’re tall you can’t do anything to reduce your height.
The study doesn’t mention if losing weight means your chances decrease. So it’s not clear if the major factors in this study is based on genetics or if the culprit is the extra weight or height.