Judd Apatow

Science Says You're More Likely To Get Pregnant If Your Tonsils Were Removed

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Fertility is a strange beast.

Researchers are still finding out what makes a woman more or less fertile, and scientists keep discovering things that could affect a woman's ability to conceive.

With that being said, if you've had your tonsils and/or appendix removed and you don't want kids anytime soon, listen up.

Researchers at the University of Dundee did a 15-year study in which they evaluated the medical histories of over 530,000 women in the UK. These women had also had their tonsils or appendix removed at a young age.

The study revealed these women were more likely to get knocked up compared to women who hadn't had their tonsils or appendix removed.

It also showed higher pregnancy rates in women who had both their tonsils and appendix removed.

OK, so the research doesn't exactly reveal why women who don't have their tonsils or appendix are more susceptible to pregnancy. Researchers believe the connection could either be biological or behavioral, but they're not sure yet.

Either way, the correlation is pretty clear.

The craziest part about these new findings is, prior research implied that removing the appendix or tonsils had the opposite effect. Especially because of the scarring around the fallopian tubes in women who have had appendectomies.

Regardless, this is incredible news for women who previously thought these two surgeries could negatively affect their fertility.

But look, ladies, if you're trying to get pregnant, this is absolutely not a reason to go and get your tonsils or appendix removed. You should only have them removed if you have to.

Anyway, if you have had them removed and are sexually active, now is a great time to reconsider using a birth control method if you don't already.

Citations: Study: Women without appendix or tonsils might get pregnant easier (USA Today)