The longer it's been since medical school, the more I realize how little I actually learned in medical school. Particularly in terms of practical knowledge.
Take pregnancy, for example. Getting pregnant seems to be something that should be pretty straightforward. Insert Tab A into Slot B, so to speak. But since Mr. Couz and I started contemplating kidlets of our own (aside from our fur-kids, I mean), I've learned a lot of things about procreation that make me wonder what the hell I was DOING for four years.
Things that were complete news to me:
- It takes an AVERAGE of 8 months for a woman in her early 30's to get pregnant (in the absence of any fertility issues)
- If your (non-hormonal) cycles are longer than 36 days, they are likely to be anovulatory
- Pretty much all lubricants are spermicidal
- Saliva is also spermicidal
- Having sex daily will decrease your chances of conceiving when compared to doing it every second day or so-- apparently, doing it daily results in lesser quality sperm
Sigh. I can't be laid-back about anything anymore.