5 Common Misconceptions About Infertility

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The moment you decided to start a family was a big one. You and your significant other talked and you got off contraceptives. You were ready to take on pregnancy, and you thought it’d come the moment you got off the pill. Yet, months of trying to conceive, visits to midwife websites, and trying every piece of advice in the book on getting pregnant, you and your family are faced with infertility. You’re not alone, infertility affects approximately 7.3 million people in the United States — and it’s not just women. In many cases, it is the male partner that is infertile. 

If you’re considering treatment for infertility, there’s a lot to take into account. Before you seek a professional, we’d like you to learn some of the common misconceptions about infertility. Read on for more. 

 

Ovulation- People tend to believe that having intercourse on the first day or right after a women’s ovulation cycle is best for conception. Ovulation is when an egg drops from the ovary into the fallopian tubes and occurs once a month roughly 7-10 days before a woman’s period.  A sperm must meet the egg during this 24-48 hour timeframe so before and during ovulation increases your chances of conception. 

Smoking- If you’re a smoker, you may want to consider quitting. Some may think that smoking a few cigarettes is fine when trying to conceive. The truth is smoking as few as five cigarettes per day is associated with lower fertility rates in both males and females.

Health- If you’re in good health, this may aid in the conception process but being fit does not affect the age of your eggs. Age is the most critical component of fertility potential, so keep that in mind if you’re thinking of starting a family. Weight is another factor. Some believe that weight has nothing to do with getting pregnant, but extra weight causes hormonal shifts that can affect ovulation and semen production.

Age- Many think that women lose their ability to conceive in their late 30s and early 40s. According to a new report, women’s fertility starts to decline by age 27. Of course, women can still conceive at this age; it just may take more months of trying. By the time a woman reaches 35, her chances of getting pregnant during any particular attempt are about half of what they were between the ages of 19 and 26.

IVF- Some couples believe that infertility automatically translates to IVF or In-vitro fertilization. The truth is less than 3% of couples will have to do IVF. There are way less invasive procedures. If you’re being affected by infertility, there are other options. Consider visiting a fertility specialist or make an appointment with us.



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