Fertility Myths is the last thing we want to hear when actively trying to conceive, but it’s possible you’ve heard some pretty wild things to try out in order to get pregnant.
You shouldn’t believe everything you hear!. There are tons of information around the web, but we must be careful when it comes to what advice to follow or rumors to believe, though, it can be tough to decipher which is fact and which is fiction.
We’ve busted a few popular (and quirky) fertility myths for you, just to keep you on the right track:
Fertility Myth 1: A woman doesn’t need to worry about her eggs until she’s 40. Even though it’s true that lots of women have gotten pregnant later in life, it’s also true that women are allotted a set number of eggs at birth – around 7 million, to be exact. This number decreases dramatically to around 400,000 by the time she hits puberty, and from there, around 400-500 eggs will be released throughout her lifetime. The egg supply typically drops significantly in her late 20s, and then even more as she ages. As you can probably imagine, by the time a woman is 40 years old, this supply has been very much depleted. So while we aren’t suggesting that a woman needs to panic about trying to conceive later in life, it’s definitely not true that your egg supply shouldn’t be on your mind.
Fertility Myths #2: A woman can still conceive when her tubes are tied. Tubal ligation, which is the process of getting your tubes tied, can be relatively confusing. Getting this procedure done means that the Fallopian tubes are closed or blocked in order to prevent eggs from entering and being fertilized. Because tubal ligation serves as a permanent form of birth control, it does mean that a woman cannot get pregnant afterwards (there are approximately 5 in 1,000 women who do, so the possibility is very, very low). However, because the procedure only deals with the Fallopian tubes, both the menstrual and ovulation cycles remain in tact. This is why it might seem like you can still conceive because you are still ovulating, but this is not the case.
Fertility Myths #3: A woman needs to orgasm in order to conceive. Though the “Big O” might be a preferable addition to a couple’s conception efforts, it is not actually a necessity as some rumors speculate. In fact, researchers have found very little correlation between orgasms and the ability to conceive. Experts do say, however, that an orgasm causes the uterus to contract, which can certainly aid the sperm in traveling upwards towards the Fallopian tubes. But orgasm or no, a man’s swimmers will make this journey regardless – if they’re healthy and up to the task, at least.
Fertility Myths #4: Having sex every single day is one of the best methods for getting pregnant. Even though it might seem intuitive for a couple to have as much sex as possible to increase their chances of conception, it does not actually work that way. Too much intercourse will actually prevent the man’s sperm from replenishing. It’s actually recommended to have sex every other day if you are actively trying to get pregnant.
Fertility Myths #5: A woman should turn upside down after sex to help fertilization. Some folks believe that a handstand after intercourse helps with pregnancy. Others say you just need to hold your legs in the air for 20 minutes to do the trick. The truth is, there is no evidence to support these claims. Sperm are designed to travel a woman’s reproductive system towards the egg, regardless of positioning – so giving yourself a head rush won’t help this along. If it eases your mind at all to tuck a pillow under the pelvis after ejaculation, then give that a shot!
Understanding reproduction and fertility is no simple task, and the various methods for getting pregnant can certainly be overwhelming. Hopefully with these simple facts in mind, you and your partner can be in a better place to begin your journey. Regardless of how you go about it, know that the Stork OTC is here to help along the way. Happy Baby-Making!