There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding fertility, which can lead to confusion and unnecessary worry for couples trying to conceive. Here are some common fertility myths and the facts behind them:
Myth: Infertility is always a woman’s problem. Fact: Infertility affects both men and women. In fact, male infertility is the sole cause of infertility in around 30% of couples.
Myth: Women can’t get pregnant after age 35. Fact: While fertility does decline as women age, many women over 35 are able to conceive naturally. However, the chances of complications like miscarriage and birth defects do increase with age.
Myth: You can’t get pregnant during your period. Fact: While the chances of conceiving during menstruation are lower, it is still possible to get pregnant if you have sex during your period, especially if you have a short menstrual cycle.
Myth: You need to have sex every day to conceive. Fact: While having sex every day during the fertile window can increase your chances of conception, it’s not necessary. Aim to have sex every 2-3 days during the fertile window.
Myth: Stress causes infertility. Fact: While stress can affect fertility, it’s not a direct cause of infertility. Many women are able to conceive despite experiencing high levels of stress.
Myth: Certain sexual positions increase your chances of conception. Fact: There is no evidence to support the idea that certain sexual positions are more effective for conception than others.
Myth: A woman can’t get pregnant the first time she has sex. Fact: It is possible to get pregnant the first time you have sex, as long as there is sperm present and ovulation occurs.
By understanding the facts behind common fertility myths, couples can make informed decisions about their reproductive health and take steps to optimize their chances of conceiving. If you’re struggling with infertility or have concerns about your fertility, speak with your healthcare provider for guidance and support.