The Sad Stats, the Hopeful Brown, and Some Sex Ed

22 May

A friend of mine gave me a book on conception, pregnancy, and… probably, giving birth. I can’t recall. Most of it is all old news to me. But there are some new, interesting facts

Sad stats: while I thought that it’s about 25% chance of getting pregnant each month, it’s much less. The 25% number is for those in their early 20s – and healthy! I am in my early 30s. Which already puts me at 10-15% chance each cycle. And then add PCOS into the cocktail… Sigh. I hope that adding FS as a savoury part of this cocktail brings the chances right back to at least those 10-15%. Or 7-10 months to get pregnant. Argh.

Hopeful Brown: Yesterday and today my toilet paper has been showing very light, almost-not-there shade of brown. And boom! – if before now I was sort of relaxed and laid-back about this cycle results, now my hopes are getting high. Because I keep thinking this is it, the implantation bleeding! I am on 8dpo, if my calculations are correct. And my luteal phase is loooong.

Sex Ed. Now, here’s something I didn’t know about how sperm reaches the egg. So, imagine this: it’s ovulation time. Your cervix is all slippery with sperm-friendly egg-white substance. The battalion of sperm runs for the os (the gates of cervix), most of them heroically die on the road, but some of them make it in there. Typically, the fastest ones. No news here, right? Well, wait for this: only a small portion of sperm head straight towards the fallopian tube and reach the DWA (designated waiting area) within an hour from ejaculation.

What do the rest do? Some stop at the tube entrance. Some stick around in cervix caves and pockets. And they head towards that DWA later, in groups. Over a period of 5 days!!!

This ensures that there’s always some sperm around when the egg comes in, all glamorous and shining (it’s unlikely that it actually is shining, but you get my point).

Now how amazing is that? I had no idea that sperm behaves in such well organized strategic fashion, leaving someone on-call at all times!


14 Responses to “The Sad Stats, the Hopeful Brown, and Some Sex Ed”

  1. eighteenyears May 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM #

    It’s actually amazing that we get pregnant at all; it’s equally amazing that we weren’t all knocked up pretty much as soon as we started having sex!

    There’s a great video out there called The Great Sperm Race. You should check it out.

    • zygotta May 23, 2011 at 9:48 AM #

      thank you Melissa!
      this is an amazing video!
      and yes, pretty much everything about the process feels like a miracleโ€ฆ

  2. Kristin May 22, 2011 at 8:59 PM #

    Did you also know that there is a difference in the swimming speed of the male (y chromosome) and the female (x chromosome) sperm?

    ICLW #6

    • zygotta May 23, 2011 at 9:50 AM #

      yes, there are even theories in making baby of a particular gender that are based on these differences… but they don’t hold the test of time ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ericka May 22, 2011 at 10:49 PM #

    Well, you just described my chances as well in there…I just turned 30, but also have PCOS…been trying for almost 3 years…no fun. Anyhow, stopping by from ICLW and enjoyed reading your comments. Will follow you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • zygotta May 23, 2011 at 9:51 AM #

      3 years… that’s an awful lot for this type of roller coaster! I’ve been at it for just over a year…

  4. Billy May 23, 2011 at 1:51 AM #

    The human body is so amazing!
    Good luck on this cycle!

    • zygotta May 23, 2011 at 9:52 AM #

      indeed it is. But the number of things that can possibly go wrong is just baffling!!!

  5. C May 23, 2011 at 4:49 AM #

    Good luck with your cycle!

  6. jes g May 23, 2011 at 1:51 PM #

    here from iclw….. best of luck to you!! i like your blog a lot! sorry, but so glad i’m not the only one with itchiness from the vag pills

    • zygotta May 23, 2011 at 2:12 PM #

      Hi – thanks for stopping by!
      I am glad I am not the only one, too
      I switch to rectal, but the slight itchiness remains and sex is a bit uncomfortable…

  7. Randi May 23, 2011 at 9:29 PM #

    It’s amazing something coming from a man could be so organized and behave so well!! haha ๐Ÿ™‚ ICLW

    • zygotta May 23, 2011 at 9:40 PM #

      LOL – good point!
      thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

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