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Five Common Infertility Myths Debunked
A blog by Neway Fertility, October 14, 2014
“The pill will make it harder for you to get pregnant!”
“Stay away from certain food groups, they’re bad for fertility!”
“If you don’t get pregnant in three months, something is wrong with you.”
Seemingly everyone has an opinion on fertility, but many times these opinions - like the aforementioned examples - are very different from the facts. To help clear up some of the misconception surrounding infertility, here are five common myths dispelled.
Myth #1: With today's technology, I can have babies well into my 40s.
FACT: Advancements in fertility treatments are helping to increase the instances of mothers having babies in their 40s, but that doesn’t mean conception at this age is easy. Science tells us that the amount of eggs in a woman’s body decreases annually, and at 37.5 the amount drops exponentially. Additionally, the quality of eggs drops in the 10-15 years prior to menopause, which can affect some women as early as age 40. While there is no magic number for when women can stop getting pregnant, it is important to understand these realities and how they affect the possibility of pregnancy later in life.
MYTH #2: If I don’t get pregnant within three months of trying, something is wrong with me.
FACT: There is no set amount of time or specific schedule to conceive that couples should follow when they start trying to have a baby. A good rule of thumb is to consult a doctor if you’re still not pregnant after several months or up to one year of trying. But remember that even then, just because you’re not pregnant yet, doesn’t necessarily mean there is something wrong with you. Every couple is different, and there are many different factors involved.
MYTH #3: Fertility treatments are so expensive – I won’t be able to afford them.
FACT: There are a variety of treatment options available with different prices. The most common method, IVF is certainly on the costlier side, but there are other effective and more affordable options. IVM (in vitro maturation) is newer to the U.S., but has seen great results worldwide. It also requires fewer drugs, ultrasounds, and blood tests, making it ideal for women with hormone-sensitive issues like PCOS. Other options to consider may include IUI, IVF/M, and others. Regardless what method is right for you, check with your to see what they cover, and check with clinics for financing or special arrangements to make the cost more affordable. Remember, a clinic’s price isn’t indicative of its quality.
MYTH #4: It only takes “one good egg" in order to get pregnant.
FACT: Having more eggs increases the chances of your success, especially when undergoing fertility treatments. For treatments like IVF or IVM, for example, we take multiple eggs from the woman to fertilize and place back in the uterus. This helps raise the chances of how many eggs will stay in place and begin developing.
MYTH #5: I should stay away from certain foods or food groups that can cause infertility
FACT: A balanced diet gives you the best chance of conception. Unless specific medical testing has ruled out certain foods for you, your diet should consist of lean meats, fruits, veggies, whole grain breads and cereals, healthful oils, and nuts.
Remember, you’re not alone. If you have questions about conceiving, talk to your doctor – whether it’s your regular OB-GYN or a fertility specialist, they are the best sources for accurate information about fertility. Don’t be afraid to ask for second opinions, and speak openly about your questions and concerns.