Common Fertility Myths

February 17, 2016

When it comes to infertility and trying for a baby, there’s an enormous amount of information at your fingertips.

A lot.

And if you search long enough, it becomes harder and harder to tell what is true and what isn’t.

We’ve encountered some pretty funny, yet completely false fertility tips ourselves. Some are harmless. A few are just plain weird. The majority, however, work against you if you are trying to conceive.

So let’s use this opportunity to shed some light on a few common misconceptions.

After all, it doesn’t hurt to be too knowledgeable.

“Legs up” After Sex Helps You to Become Pregnant

Wrong. There is no scientific proof of this increasing your odds. A healthy male’s ejaculate contains millions of sperm, so even if the sex was so great that you can’t help but jump up and down, plenty of sperm will be able to make their way to the Fallopian tubes, regardless. However, if it gives you better peace of mind, it doesn’t hurt to go “legs up” for a little while after intercourse. There’s no the harm in every last sperm having a chance to make its way to the egg!

Certain Sex Positions Greatly Increase Your Odds of Conceiving

Wrong. There are no studies to back up this claim. However, sex positions that allow for deep penetration may land the sperm a bit closer to the cervix. But again, it hasn’t been proven. Overall, sex should be fun and feel good, so when it comes to positions, go with what feels right. When you enjoy it more, your body is more relaxed – which certainly helps to move those “swimmers” along.

Birth Control Pills Can Ruin Your Long-Term Fertility

Wrong. Birth control does not have any long-lasting effects on your ability to become pregnant after you stop taking them. Women who use other reversible methods (like an IUD) also become pregnant at similar rates. What can hurt your chances of having a baby is say, an untreated STD.

Marijuana Relaxes Me. That’s Good for Becoming Pregnant, Right?

Wrong. While relaxation is a good thing, marijuana has been shown to affect female fertility by lowering egg quality. For women with borderline egg quality, it can sometimes make conception more difficult than it needs to be. At the very least, take a break from marijuana, tobacco and other recreational drugs while you’re trying to become pregnant.

You Can’t Get Pregnant on Your Period

Wrong. Without a doubt, a woman can become pregnant if she has sex while on her period. The sperm released during sex lives in the vagina for several days. When her period is done and she ovulates, the sperm can then fertilize the egg.

Infertility is Usually the Woman’s Fault

Wrong. This is a long-standing myth and completely false. 40% of all cases involve female infertility. Another 40% is related to the male partner. The other 20% of cases are either a combination of the two or unexplained infertility.

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You Have to Orgasm in Order to Conceive

Wrong. A common myth is that uterine contractions caused by an orgasm may help propel the sperm into the cervix and toward the Fallopian tubes. This has yet to be proven. While having an orgasm is never a bad thing, it doesn’t affect your chances one way or another.

Laptops Do Not Impair Sperm Production

Wrong. In terms of both sperm count and sperm quality, there IS evidence that laptops may be a sperm killer. Studies are beginning to show that men who regularly place computers on their lap may be damaging their sperm from the heat emitted.

You Can Easily Have a Baby Until You’re at Least 45

Wrong. Fertility doctors everywhere shake their heads at stories of celebrities having babies “naturally” after 45. There are always exceptions to the rule, but more often than not, women over 40 have very low egg reserve and need some help to get pregnant. If you are 40 and have had trouble getting pregnant, it’s time to see a fertility doctor.

Diet and Exercise Increase Egg Quality

Wrong. This is one of the biggest misconceptions that women have about their reproductive health. A woman’s diet and exercise routine does nothing to improve the biological clock, which regulates eggs quality.

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