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Top 5 Myths and Facts About Your Fertility
Top 5 Myths and Facts About Your Fertility. Learn fertility facts and tips.
- Myth: Infertility is a woman’s problem.
Fact: Infertility cases can be broken down to 1/3 Female Factor Infertility, 1/3 Male Factor Infertility, and 1/3 is unexplained or a combination of factors. However, some fertility doctors suggest that Male Factor Infertility accounts for up to 50% of infertility cases in their practice.
- Myth: Women reach peak fertility in their 30s. I have plenty of time!
Fact: Women’s fertility peaks in her 20s and begins to decline as she ages with a more rapid decline between ages 35- 40. A healthy 30-year-old woman has a 20% chance of conceiving each month, while a healthy 40-year-old woman has just 5% chance of conceiving each month. This is the result of ovarian aging as our eggs do not stay young forever.
Fortunately, there is something you can do about it! Women in their late 20s to early 30s are exploring egg freezing for fertility preservation more and more. Egg freezing can help preserve fertility for medical or social reasons so you can pursue a family when the time is right.
- Myth: If I go to a fertility clinic for fertility treatment, I’ll be told IVF is my only option, or worse, I’ll become the next Octomom!
Fact: IVF isn’t for everyone and Octomom is a rarity! There are several fertility treatment procedures like fertility drugs with timed intercourse or intrauterine insemination (IUI) that will be considered before IVF.
If you do need IVF, your doctor may encourage a Single Embryo Transfer (SET) to eliminate health risks and maximize your odds for success.
- Myth: If you just ______________, you will get pregnant.
Fact: Infertility is a disease that can not be cured by some of the well-intentioned, but usually unhelpful advice out there. We’ve heard it all: “Just relax!” “Just adopt!” Not only are these statements false, they can be viewed as insensitive. We can assure you that the vacation, vegan burger with sriracha sauce, and sex position that helped cousin Suzie conceive were all just a coincidence.
- Myth: I had such a bad experience with my fertility doctor, I must not be treatable!
Fact: Not all fertility doctors are created equal! Some are more aggressive with treatment while others are more conservative. Sometimes it is difficult to know how a patient will respond to a particular protocol, but as a rule of thumb: if you do not see success after 3 cycles, move on to a new treatment or a new doctor.
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