Many couples were dreaming to have their bundle of joy. But, not all women conceive easily. In fact, some couples were asking for advice from their family and friends and even experts about the right thing to do.
There are also fertility myths that affects the idea of getting pregnant. If you’re one of those people who are facing difficulty in conceiving, then it’s about time to unveil those fertility myths and determine which one is real or not.
- “Infertility is solely a woman’s issue”
This isn’t true because one-third of the infertility problem is caused by male factors. Poor sperm motility, low sperm count and abnormal shape of the sperm are some of the issues associated to infertility. This means that both party obviously have problems, thus they find difficulty to conceive.
To rule out the problem, the best thing to do is to seek help from your doctor for evaluation. This way, you’ll know the right thing to do to correct the infertility problem.
- “Smoking is OK”
This way of thinking is false. Studies revealed that smoking cigarettes even indirectly greatly affects the fertility. If you want to get pregnant, but you smoke, now is the right time to stop. You should also encourage your partner to quit smoking if ever.
- “Stress reduces fertility”
Stress can impact your health and it also reduces the possibility of getting pregnant. A study showed that women who work in a stressful job less likely to conceive. It’s because stress directly hurts our bodies and negatively affects the reproductive cycle. The best way to boost your fertility is to work less and take more time to relax.
- “Alcohol intake boost the chance of pregnancy”
Women who drink alcohol excessively can expect for a decrease in fertility. But, male should also consider reducing the frequency of alcohol intake to ensure producing healthy sperm.
- “Using drugs can’t hurt”
This is a wrong belief because using any drugs negatively impact the menstrual cycle and the fertility. Drugs affect the brain, thus hampers the release of the female hormones.
- “t’s OK to take prescription drugs”
If you’re planning to get pregnant you must avoid taking prescription drugs as they can restrict the normal ovulation. Even antidepressants and anti-nausea medications can change the prolactin level. That’s why you must consult your doctor first prior of taking any medication.
- “Age doesn’t matter”
Even if you look younger than your age, but your age affects your fertility. As a woman ages, the ability to produce good genetic eggs declines. Study showed that at the age of 30, 90 percent of eggs were lost. So, this means that the possibility to conceive drops significantly.
Thus, if you’re on your 30 and finds difficulty to conceive, you should ask help from your doctor the soonest possible time.
- “It’s easier to conceive subsequently”
Having a child does not guarantee that it will be easier to conceive the second time around. In fact, there are couples experiencing secondary infertility after giving first to their first child. Secondary infertility happens when the male produces poor sperm quality and the woman is experiencing ovulatory disorders.
- ‘The weight doesn’t matter”
According to experts, being too heavy or too thin affects the fertility. Obesity alters the ovulation and production of hormones. In the same way, consuming inadequate calories may cause abnormal ovulation. Thus, if you’re planning to get pregnant, you should follow good diet and exercise to increase the odds of conceiving.
- “Wait patiently, conceiving takes time”
Infertility can be treated, that’s why you need not wait for long time to get fertile. If you’re unable to get pregnant after a year of unprotected intercourse, you must seek help from a specialist. This is also applicable if you have had experienced miscarriages.
Patience is a virtue, but if you’re more than 30 years old and unable to conceive, consulting an infertility specialist can be the best option.
- “Having sex during your period won’t get you pregnant”
This is a misconception because there are cases in which the bleeding isn’t actually the menstrual period. It is possible to get pregnant when having sex during your period because there’s a chance that ovulation overlaps with menstruation.
- “It takes time to conceive after you quit taking pill”
The truth is that after you quit taking pill, the natural cycle returns to normal within weeks. Most likely, the normal ovulation may take effect within a month.
- “There are foods to avoid when trying to get pregnant”
Many people believe in this myth, but the important thing to note is to eat the foods containing nutrients that help to regulate the hormone levels. You must quit smoking and alcohol intake to promote production of healthy egg and sperm.