A recent study by researchers from the University of Helsinki in Finland found that a woman who wants to conceive a child may have to wait four times the time that a woman needs with a healthy mouth and free of any gum infections.
The study showed the following:
Women who were found in their saliva to have P. gingivalis bacteria that cause gingivitis, or antibodies as a result of having had a current or earlier gingivitis, the time required for a successful pregnancy was three times longer than for women without gingivitis.
Women with periodontitis and gingivitis together, had a successful pregnancy four times longer than others.
And researchers suggest that inflammation in the gums or jawbones does not affect the mouth only, but may:
This damage generally affects other areas of the body, causing infections that may hinder the ovulation process or reduce the chances of a successful embryo implantation process.
It negatively affects the production of hormones in the body.
It contributes to endometriosis, a condition in which the tissue that normally appears in the womb grows when the fetus is in another area of the body instead of in the womb.
The researchers based on this study stated that, while these results may not answer all questions about delayed childbearing or infertility of unknown causes in general, they do, in principle, link the presence of some types of bacteria in the body – even in small quantities – with childbearing. And the researchers noted that gum infections that may cause the mentioned reproductive problems may not have caused symptoms of apparent gingivitis yet!
The study had taken into consideration other factors that may have an impact on delaying childbearing, including the social status, smoking and general health status of the women participating in the study, before drawing these results.
In a previous study, researchers had found a link between gum infections in general and delayed childbearing two months from the normal situation, but the current study is the first of its kind that links a specific type of bacteria responsible for gingivitis with what happens from a delay in pregnancy, and the researchers believe that this type Of the bacteria may be one of the causes of rheumatoid arthritis.
So if you are trying to conceive a baby, researchers advise you to start taking care of the health of your mouth and gums in particular from today, and not to neglect taking folic acid supplements prescribed by your doctor.