Getting Pregnant: Myths and Facts

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Of the many special points in a couple’s life, the most special one is that of deciding to have a baby. It’s a joy that every wishing couple deserves, but then with the desire to conceive comes a load of misconceptions and inhibitions about being able to do the same. Here are a few most common myths about being able to conceive, read on to get rid of the ones you may have: 

Myth: An irregular period doesn’t affect your chances of getting pregnant.

Fact: It does. Every period is the beginning of a new menstrual cycle and the more irregular your period, the more upset is your menstrual cycle. The more irregular your cycle, the more likely it is for you to have difficulty while getting pregnant. The ideal cycle is for women to have their periods every 28-32 days, and if yours isn’t regular like that, it is advisory to start exercising regularly and visit a gynaecologist.

Myth: Having sex more than once a day will increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Fact: While the semen contains millions of sperms, the female body prepares only one ovum per menstrual cycle. Therefore, contrary to popular belief, no matter how many times you have sex, if the female body isn’t prepared for it, it won’t happen. In fact, the more pressure the couple feels on themselves to have sex, the less likely are they to enjoy it and perform well. Then the whole act would just be there for the sake of getting pregnant, and nobody wants that, really.

Myth: Missionary is the ideal position to conceive.

Fact: There’s nothing called ‘the ideal position’. Gravity does not decide whether the sperm will reach the ovum or not. What matters instead, is that the couple has a healthy sex life and that their individual reproductive health is taken care of.

Myth: Getting older doesn’t impact a woman’s fertility.

Fact: This might be something you would love to believe, for who doesn’t want to take their own sweet time before having kids, right? But the truth is that by the time women reach their late 30s, it becomes difficult to conceive. Although it is true that women do have kids then and even after that, it is just more difficult and a bit risky as well. 

Myth: A regular period is a sign of fertility.

Fact: While a regular period does entail high fertility, it does not necessarily ensure it. One also needs to exercise and eat right, irrespective of whether their periods are irregular or regular. Also, drinking, smoking and over-consumption of processed food is highly likely to lower your chances of conceiving, even if your periods are regular.

Myth: Having an orgasm helps suck up the sperm.

Fact: A woman having an orgasm during sex has little to do with her chances of conceiving. There does exist a theory that suggests that having an orgasm helps suck in the sperm, but the scientific truth is that the sperm stays in the vagina for at least 72 hours, irrespective of the woman’s orgasm.

Myth: Drinking alcohol will harm your fertility.

Fact: As mentioned in point 4, it is only the regular consumption of alcohol that can meddle with your menstrual cycle and reproductive health. Alcohol often contains artificial sugar, which is really harmful in the long run. However, if you’re one of those who drink off and on, it’s perfectly fine and isn’t that big a deal.

Myth: To conceive a boy, a couple must have sex right before ovulation. And to have a girl, they should do it a few days before.

Fact: No matter when you have sex, you’ve always got a 50/50 shot. There is no premeditated way to know the sex of your baby. Nature is pretty feminist like that. Don’t believe people who tell you otherwise.

Myth: Eating high-fat dairy increases a woman’s ability to conceive.

Fact: To be honest, this is kind of a fact, because high-fat dairy has been spoken of as something that increases fertility since researchers found a link between a low-fat dairy diet and an increased in the cases of infertility. But the truth is that one simply needs to eat well and have a balanced diet. Carbs and sugars add to the insulin intake, which results in a hormonal imbalance, so better would be to stick to natural sugar which is contained in fruits and vegetables, and not over consume any kind of dairy.

Myth: You can’t get pregnant during your period.

Fact: Nowhere does it say that you can’t. A lot of couples use period sex as an occasion to get rid of the rubber, but you never know, really. Women can sometimes have really unexpected cycles, and since the sperm stays in the vaginal tract for about 3-5 days, and if the ovum has not degenerated completely, you never know what might happen. So, the best idea would be to use protection, no matter what.

We hope this helped you get rid of at least some of your misconceptions. If you still have doubts, it would be best to consult a good gynaecologist and get their opinion. While some of these facts might have been a bit of buzzkill for you, it goes only goes on to say what anyone tells everyone anyway, that a healthy lifestyle is a solution to everything. A balanced diet and exercise are all that you need for a good reproductive health, so stay safe and get working!

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