Fertility IQ Quiz Answers

Fertility IQ Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to the Fertility IQ Quiz!

1. What percentage of infertility struggles are due specifically to male infertility?


a. 10-20
b. 20-30
c. 30-40
d. 40-50

Male fertility health issues are responsible for approximately 40–50% of all infertility cases. As many as 2% of all men will exhibit suboptimal sperm parameters due to either low sperm concentration, poor sperm motility, abnormal morphology, or several of these factors combined. Click here to learn more about factors that influence male infertility and healthy ways to support sperm health.

2. Female egg health starts to decline with age, and there is nothing you can do to reverse it.


a. True
b. False

Egg health is not dependent on some abstract biological clock. There are things any woman can do to help support the health of her ovaries and eggs — improving chances of healthy conception. During the 90-day period when a dominant follicle in the ovary is maturing an egg to ovulate, the egg is affected by the conditions of their environment. Factors that contribute to the egg’s health include:

  • Circulation or Blood Flow
  • Oxygenation
  • Hormonal Balance
  • Stress
  • Nutritional Intake

Learn more about how to improve egg health.

3.  Which factors have been scientifically linked to infertility? (check all that apply)

a. Pesticides and hormones in foodsSome over-the counter medication
b. Some of over-the counter medications
c. Birth control pills
d. Toxic household cleaning products
e. All of the above

The foods you eat, the products you use, and even the clothes you wear can have a tremendous effect on your fertility program. Xenoestrogens are linked to issues with hormone balance, male and female fertility problems, birth defects, and even hormone-driven cancers. A 2011 study found a strong correlation between male fertility and lifestyle choices such as the ones listed above.  Here are some tips to cleaning up your diet and lifestyle for optimal fertility.

4. How can stress affect fertility? (check all that apply)

a. May suppress ovulation in women
b. May reduce sperm count in men
c. May reduce sperm mobility in men
d. May reduce libido for both men and women
e. None of the above

Recent research tells us that stress boosts levels of stress hormones, such as adrenaline, catecholamines, and cortisol, which can inhibit the release of the body’s main hormone, GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone). GnRH is responsible for the release of sex hormones. Without proper release of GnRH, sex hormones may not be released properly. This may also suppress ovulation in women, lower sperm count in men and lower libido in both women and men. Learn even more about how stress affects fertility.

5. Obesity has been scientifically linked to cases of infertility in:

a. Men
b. Women
c. Both men and women
d. No link

A 2007 study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that obese women were 26% less likely to naturally conceive on their own than other women. Researchers are still unclear as to the reason for this. But in 2010, researchers at Johns Hopkins University, led by Andrew Wolfe, discovered that high insulin levels due to obesity in mice releases an overabundance of fertility hormones, which disrupts the natural function of the reproductive system, and consequently leads to infertility.

Obesity in men lowers testosterone levels. Chronic low levels of testosterone affect how the testes function, which causes all hormones produced by them to be out of balance. This may also lead to lowered production of mature sperm and over time male infertility. Research also shows elevated levels of estrogen in obese men. The sperm of obese men are often abnormal; this increases risk for miscarriage and chromosomal defects in a developing embryo. Obese men also often have sexual dysfunction. Learn more about how obesity and fertility correlate.

6. Which superfood(s) promote fertility?

a. Maca Root
b. Whey Protein
c. Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen
d. All of the above

‘Superfoods’ are foods that are nutrient-dense; they have an abundance of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial ingredients in high amounts. Superfoods should be a part of every couple’s fertility diet to help maintain proper nutrition, promote normal egg and sperm health, and support a healthy reproductive system. Click here to learn more about fertility superfoods.

7. How many days within a normal female monthly menstrual cycle is it possible to get pregnant?


a. Up to 2 days
b. Up to 3 days
c. Up to 4 days
d. Up to 5 days
e. Up to 6 days

Although the female egg lives 12 to 24 hours after ovulation, sperm can live for up to five days in the uterus and fallopian tubes under the right conditions. More commonly though, sperm live about 2 days, so be realistic in your timing if you are trying to conceive!

If a woman produces fertile cervical fluid for several days before ovulation, there are potentially up to 4 days before ovulation where sex could lead to pregnancy, and then the actual day of ovulation and day after as well – this called a women’s “fertile window”. This means that there can be up to 6 days in a cycle where conception is possible. Learn more about charting your fertility signs to detect your fertile window and ovulation.

If you’re just starting out on your fertility journey, check out the basic steps to preparing your body for pregnancy.

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