Fertility is a complicated issue and one that is supremely important to many people. When trying to start a family people often worry, often wonder, and often ask around for advice and information. But a lot of information is wrong in small or large ways, and it’s hard to sort fact from fiction. So we’re going to look at a number of infertility myths here and give you truth to help you prepare to get pregnant.
#1. If you have trouble conceiving, it’s because there’s something wrong with the woman.
Not always, and not exclusively! In fact, male infertility contributes to about 40% of all couples with fertility problems. There are a number of factors in male fertility that can lead to trouble getting pregnant, including low sperm count and low sperm motility - the ability for sperm to move to and fertilise the egg.
#2. Only older women experience infertility.
While a woman’s chances of getting pregnant go down with age, even young women can experience fertility problems. According to one report, 7% of women age 20-24 experienced infertility, 9% between ages 25 and 29, and 15% between ages 30 and 34.
#3. Infertility is “all in your head.”
Infertility is a medical condition with physical causes. Specifically, it’s defined as, “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse,” according to the WHO. Reducing stress can be good for your health in general and reproduction specifically, but the physical causes must also be addressed.
#4. You can’t have fertility problems if you’ve already had a baby.
About a million couples struggle from secondary infertility, difficulty conceiving after a previous successful pregnancy. This condition can result from complications during the earlier pregnancy, the woman’s advancing age, or many other factors.
#5. You must be doing something wrong.
Again, infertility is a medical condition. It is not anyone’s fault, and it’s not because you haven’t mastered the one little thing to help you get pregnant. There are many treatment options for infertility, whether used at home or performed under the supervision of a fertility specialist.
You will certainly have more questions as you continue on your fertility journey. Be sure to ask your doctor for whatever information you may need. If you want more tips for conceiving or information about improving fertility, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our newsletter below.