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The human mating season

We all know that animals have a specific breeding cycle ruled by a call of nature that can’t be ignored. What about us, humans?

We all heard a cat meowing loudly at any time of the day “Well, well, it’s in heat”, we conclude, without caring too much for that instinct that leads animals to reproduce in a very specific cycle. What about us? Are we also cyclical in our preferences and in our fertility?

According to some data compiled by the Statistic Institute of Quebec, we also seem to have more fertile periods in a year. If humans differ from animals with his year-round reproductive cycle, some periods seem more conducive to birth!

2013: 88,600 births

Month

Number

January

7,150

February

6,500

March

7,100

April

7,200

May

7,650

June

7,450

July

7,950

August

7,900

September

7,700

October

7,800

November

6,950

December

7,250

Most BIRTHS BY MONTH, 2001-2013, Statistic Institute of Québec

Year

1st place

2nd place

3rd place

2003

July

September

May

2004

July

September

August

2005

August

September

July

2006

September

August

July

2007

August

July

September

2008

July

September

October

2009

July

September

August

2010

September

July

August

2011

August

September

July

2012 August September/October May
2013 July August October

It is very interesting to note that during these ten years, the months of July, August and September are very often in the first three ranks. Is the cold weather responsible? If you go back nine months, it is in November that most babies are conceived in Quebec.

Children born in November and December tend to suffer from asthma while children born in August suffer from rhinitis and children born in December and January would have conjunctivitis issues.

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