If you and your partner are considering having a baby, you need to give your fertility some due consideration. , though not widely discussed, is an important subject, and it’s necessary that every couple that’s trying to conceive understand this together. A healthy way to start would be by clearing any misconceptions, misgivings and myths around the subject. We put some of the most common fertility myths under the microscope to see if they hold any truth. Read on.
1.Male fertility never drops
Contrary to what women are often told about the biological clock, it’s a widely popular notion that men remain fertile well into their old age too. While it’s true that sperm production doesn’t stop, the levels of testosterone do drop with age, which in turn affects the sperms, making them slower, fewer and not as healthy as they used to be.
2.Miscarriages cause infertility
The very fact that the couple has been able to conceive is a sign of fertility. Miscarriage doesn’t cause infertility nor does it affect it. However, if neglected it can cause infections and complications and can interfere with conception in the future.
3.It’s a “woman problem”
Conception is a team effort, and both parties are equally responsible and important in the process. Fertility problems aren’t limited to women alone. In fact, studies suggest that infertility is equally common among men. This is why it’s important for both of you to get a pre-conception consult from your doctor together, as a couple. Factors such as lifestyle, everyday habits, prior surgery, infection or problem present since birth could affect fertility in men as well.
4.Fertility treatment leads to twins
While this may have been the case in earlier days when doctors weren’t able to monitor the quality of embryos created during IVF, technology has made it possible to now check the embryos very closely and select the one embryo that will implant successfully. Twins or triplets from fertility treatments were a result of multiple embryo transfers in a bid to increase chances of implantation. But doctors no longer need to do that, and can minimise the chances of multiple pregnancy as well as risks to both, the baby and the mother early on, in case of fertility treatments.
5.Specific sex positions increase chances of conception
There is no evidence that a particular sex position helps sperms reach the eggs faster. Besides, if you or your partner is facing fertility problems, a specific sex position won’t be of much help anyway, when what you really need is the right medication and a healthy lifestyle. Having said that, don’t hesitate to experiment with sex positions to keep your sex life interesting and fun!
6.Prolonged use of the pill will delay pregnancy
Birth control pills are designed to bring women’s natural cycle back to normal in no time once they stop taking them. This means that you start to ovulation within a few weeks of going off the pill. Prolonged use of birth control pills has no effect on your fertility or chances of getting pregnant. In case you have a thyroid problem or PCOS or any other problem and have concerns regarding your birth control pills, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor and have your doubts cleared.
Understanding your own and that of your partner will ease and improve your approach towards conception, and help both of you. Don’t hesitate to communicate with each other or consult with a doctor. If you have any questions, drop them in the comments below!