What is the Summer Solstice? Can it affect your fertility?

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. This year it happened last week on Thursday June 21st and if ancient tradition proves right then this could be the best day of the year to get pregnant. With over 15 hours of daylight, evidence shows that libidos and fertility levels are at their highest at this time of year.

The Summer Solstice, derived from Latin words sol (“sun”) and sister (“to stand still”), marks the start of the Summer season.

Festivals are traditionally celebrated at the Summer Solstice to celebrate love, sexuality and fertility.

Most Popular Month to get Pregnant

In ancient times the Summer Solstice in June was the most popular month to get pregnant as it meant that children would be born in the Spring when they had a better chance of survival. When houses had no heat or light indoors, Winter was a particularly hard time for children to be born. With festivals and celebrations taking place to mark the Summer Solstice, it was no surprise that this resulted in a baby boom 9 months later.

Vitamin D

Increased hours of daylight means increased levels of Vitamin D in our bodies. Vitamin D is essential for the development of healthy Sperm and Eggs. Despite its name, Vitamin D is not a regular Vitamin. Its actually a steroid hormone obtained primarily through Sun Exposure. In Ireland, up to half of all couples trying to conceive have low Vitamin D levels. You can read more about how to check your Vitamin D level here.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

So this year, why not celebrate the Summer Solstice and absorb the light and energy of the sun. Celebrate your fertlity and concentrate on the positives. Plan more time together as a couple this Summer. Make a date night, enjoy each others company and banish the stress and anxieties of daily life. Who knows, you might be planning for your Spring baby sooner than you think.