13 Myths about Infertility in Couples (With Facts)

Infertility is a physical condition that leads to mental stress due to the unsolicited advice that you start receiving from different people. Many theories and suggestions are unhelpful if that is not coming from an expert or someone who has dealt with it. But when you’re trying to conceive then you need to segregate facts from myths. 

Why should you not believe in myths?

  • Myths are nothing but old wives’ tales, with no scientific backing.
  • Myths can cause you to doubt yourself.
  • Myths can be responsible for creating barriers between your partner and you.
  • Myths can lead you to develop an inferiority complex. 

Thirteen Myths and Facts about Fertility in Couples

Women have been accused of infertility for generations without even going through a fertility test. Once you have discovered that you and your partner are not being able to conceive then you need to check for facts and practical solutions. How do you know that suggestions are helpful and not a fabricated lie? How do you look for the thin line of truth between myths and facts?

Myth: Infertility is usually due to a problem in women. 

Fact:  Causes of infertility are equally shared by a male and a female partner. There can also be a mixed factor fertility where a medical advice and fertility test determines the cause.

Myth: Stress causes infertility.

Fact: Stress is not good if you are trying to conceive as it delays your ovulation by suppressing the hormones.

Myth: Women ovulate on day 14 of their cycle.

Fact: Ovulation is dependent on the menstrual cycle of ladies. It can vary from 14 days to 28 days depending on the length of the period. Women who get their periods after every 28 days are more likely to ovulate around the 14 days. Some women get their next cycle only after 36 days, so they definitely don’t fall in the 14 days ovulation period. 

Myth: Age doesn’t affect the fertility of you are healthy

Fact: The older the woman is, the more likely she will face problems of infertility. After 38, egg quantity and quality drop at a substantial rate, therefore seeking help right on time when you are young, helps a lot to resolve infertility issues. 

Myth: Infertility is caused due to psychological problems or relationship problems. 

Fact: Infertility is a physical problem that needs medical intervention. Both partners need to go through a fertility test and find out the real cause of it. Though mental peace and a healthy mind are important while trying to conceive but again not everything lies in the head. You should not take stress but wait for a miracle won’t give you a solution. It will worsen your expectation more and more.

Myth: You have a kid, and it means you are fertile!

Fact: Secondary Fertility is a condition wherein a couple is unable to conceive for the second time despite having a smooth pregnancy for the first time. It is only a myth that if you give birth to the first child then the second one would be very easy to conceive.

Myth: Women who take birth control become infertile.

Fact: Some women get pregnant soon after stopping birth control. Prolonged use of birth control might result in the delay of resuming ovulation. Birth control is used to regularize the irregular menstrual cycle.

Myth: Having an irregular menstrual cycle is a sign of infertility.

Fact: It is true that conception will be difficult with irregular periods as you cannot keep track of your ovulation. Women can have irregular periods for a variety of reasons like stress, over-exercise, and endometriosis. These factors don’t always threaten the ability to conceive.

Myth: Women with ovarian cysts (PCOS) fail to have babies

Fact: Women with PCOS can speak to the health providers regarding reproductive difficulties they might face if they plan to conceive. But out of 50% of women suffering from infertility, only 10% would be dealing with PCOS. This condition is not optimal for pregnancy but women dealing with PCOS may require help to conceive.

Myth: Infertility is Rare

Fact: Infertility is a condition where a couple is unable to conceive even after one year of unprotected sex. 1 in 10 couples are dealing with this problem and there are many factors responsible for infertility. Women reach a peak of fertility in their 20’s and start declining when they are 35. It has become a common problem as couples decide to conceive only when they are mentally and financially ready.

Myth: Infertility Treatments like IVF are too expensive.

Fact: Couples find acceptable ways to manage the cost. Health Insurance may cover a portion of the cost and there may be low-interest loans or grant money available or you can save until your money is banked the special use. IVF is a planned pregnancy so you will have time to prepare for all the arrangements.

Myth: Having sex daily increases the chance of conceiving.

Fact: Having sex every other day during the time of ovulation is sufficient since sperm lives an average of two days.

Myth: To improve your man’s sperm, count, hardly anything is there to be done

Fact: Many men who produce little sperm have treatable conditions. Lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, avoiding hot tubs, mild exercise, and healthy eating habits boost sperm count. Men should limit their bicycling to less than five hours especially when they are trying to conceive.

Here are Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about infertility Myths

Does a man’s fertility change with age?

You may see some men in their 80’s also fathering a child, but that doesn’t mean that men remain fertile throughout their life. The quality of sperm and sperm count dips once a person hits 35. 

Does Acupuncture help infertility?

Acupuncture works best when combined with IVF. And can significantly help you with conception.

Is it true that putting your legs in the air after sex makes you pregnant?

Unless your physician tells you to take it easy after sex, your position before or after trying to make a baby doesn’t make a difference. 

Verdict

Infertility is not curable but treatable. If you are diagnosed with such a condition then you need to check the facts before trying to conceive. Look for possible options and consult a professional with mutual trust and understanding.

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