According to a recent 15-year study, females who have had their appendix or tonsils taken out, during their younger years, have an increased chance of having a baby. While the reasoning behind the study’s results are not clear, the University of Dundee research team found that there was an increase in pregnancies among women who had their appendix or tonsils removed; with an even higher chance of conception for those who had both removed.
The team reviewed medical records of over 530,000 females across the UK, finding that the pregnancy rates among these participants who did not have tonsil or an appendix were at 53 and 54 percent (respectively), with females who had both removed, at a rate of 59 percent. These numbers were relatively higher than the rest of the group (who had neither tonsils or an appendix taken out), who sat at 44 percent.
The study results go against past ideas that these surgeries, especially appendectomies, can actually decrease fertility, because of the scar tissue around a female’s fallopian tubes, where eggs travel along.
This study follows a 2012 report that connected appendectomies to increased rates around pregnancy; and backs this notion on a higher level, adding the additional link with tonsillectomies, and those females who have had both surgeries.
CNN advises that while the team hopes these findings will help add reassurance to those females who need to undergo these surgeries, the team also is eager to find out just why fertility increases for these women. Could the reasoning behind this be biological in nature, or behavioral?
From a biological standpoint, the inflammation within a female’s body from ongoing inflamed tonsils or appendix, places a strain on it; weakening it to the point that it decreases conception changes. Looking at things from a behavioral aspect, a heightened promiscuity within some females (therefore increased kissing or sexual intercourse) could also increase the risks of tonsillitis or abdominal infection. While sex does not lead to appendicitis, it does lead to infections or pain in the abdomen, which would create a domino effect; where patients would seek medical attention, and an inflamed appendix may be found, earlier than expected.
Regardless, with many couples currently struggling with infertility, it’s important to note: the study is now a great tool to be used to reassure those females who need these surgeries, as a way for them to understand, it will not impact their chances of having a baby. What the study should not be used for, is women who want to improve their chances of conception, thinking that they should undergo, either of these surgeries, when they are not needed.