Infertility is a frustrating process that many people in the United States go through every year. Unfortunately, it is still a very misunderstood condition leading to so many myths and assumptions. Today, we want to address and discuss some very common myths that you may have heard about pregnancy and conception.
1 Getting pregnant is easy for most women
While it’s true that a lot of people get pregnant easily, more than 5 million people of childbearing age in the United States have trouble with fertility. There are so many factors that can affect a person’s ability to conceive from diet to preexisting conditions to age. For instance, women aged 30 on average have a 20% chance of getting pregnant each month while women aged 40 have only a 5% chance each month.
2 Couples should attempt to get pregnant for at least one year before getting help from professionals
Semantically speaking, infertility is defined as one full year of unprotected intercourse without conception. Experts typically recommend that a couple spend at least one year trying to conceive naturally before seeking professional help. However, some couples should see a doctor earlier than that. Women over the age of 35 who have a history of irregular periods, fibroids, endometriosis, or miscarriages should speak with a doctor. This also applies to males with a history of surgeries, infection, and trauma to the genital organs.
3 Men don’t have fertility problems
While female infertility can certainly be a factor, 35% of instances are due to male infertility. Early evaluation of the male’s reproductive organs can help to more quickly assess the situation.
4 Infertility is a psychological, not a physical, problem
You are bound to come across people in your journey to having a child that will tell you that your infertility is all in your head. They may say that all you need to do is relax, stop trying to conceive and it will happen. Infertility is not in your head. It is a real physical condition or disease affecting your reproductive system. Sure, relaxing is good for your general well-being but it won’t help you conceive any faster.
5 Infertile couples will never feel truly happy
Struggling with fertility can cause a lot of emotions for couples: grief, anger, guilt. While these emotions are normal, it is also important to move past this and progress as a team. For some couples, this can mean deciding to stop attempting to conceive altogether. For others, it can mean adopting. No matter what your decision, it is important to understand that there is life after infertility.
It can be hard to know what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to infertility. When unsure, consult your physician. For more information on your fertility and conception options, be sure to check back here for more blog posts and sign up for our newsletter below.