Ever wonder if these common misconceptions about fertility are true? Most are not backed by scientific proof. Yet despite all the latest findings on infertility—the causes, treatments, and cures—there is still confusion among infertile couples. Here are the top 8 pregnancy myths and truths:
Fertility Myth #1: Want to get pregnant? Just chill!
The Truth: There is no scientific evidence that stress hinders pregnancy. The two main factors of fertility are age and health.
- A healthy 30-year-old woman trying to get pregnant has a 20 percent chance each month of a successful pregnancy.
- A healthy 40-year-old woman trying to conceive has only a 5 -10 percent chance of pregnancy.
Fertility Myth #2: Infertility is a woman’s problem.
The Truth: The cause of infertility in couples around the country are spread evenly between male and female factors. No matter what the circumstances, a couple must work together for a successful conception and healthy pregnancy.
Fertility Myth #3: Birth control pills can preserve fertility.
The Truth: This is an ovulation myth. If you’re taking birth control pills or not, your egg reserve as a woman declines with age. The older a woman gets, the harder it becomes to get pregnant.
Fertility Myth #4: If you had a previous pregnancy, you’re still fertile.
The Truth: This is a myth. There are no guarantees after 1 pregnancy that you will easily get pregnant again. Secondary infertility is common in many adults after delivering 1 or more healthy children.
Fertility Myth #5: Diet and healthy lifestyle habits help women get pregnant into their forties.
The Truth: This is a myth. Although a diet and healthy lifestyle is crucial in the process, your chances to conceive decline as you get older, especially when you’re over age 35.
Fertility Myth #6: Men can father children at any age.
The Truth: Many studies show men over age 40 have an increased chance in having children with chromosomal abnormalities, causing miscarriages in women. Other studies show conditions such as Autism and Schizophrenia are more common in children who are fathered by older men.
Fertility Myth #7: A 45-year-old woman who gets pregnant using a donor egg from a 25-year-old has the same chance of miscarriage as a woman at age 45 who gets pregnant using her own eggs.
The Truth: This myth is based on the age of the egg–not the age of the woman carrying that egg. If the 45-year old uses donor eggs from the 25 year old, she has a higher chance of conception than a 45-year old who uses their own eggs.
Fertility Myth #8: All infertility problems can be diagnosed.
The Truth: This is a myth. Many couples have unexplained infertility, where the root of the couple’s issue is a mystery. If the struggles continues for years to come, age becomes a hindering issue in trying to become pregnant.