Don’t Ever Believe These Fertility Myths

Don’t Believe These Fertility Myths

If you’ve heard one fertility myth, you’ve probably heard a million. The following “facts” aren’t as true as some people would have you think. While most people who offer up advice will have the best intentions, take everything with a grain of salt until your doctor gives you the right answer. 

1. You won’t be able to conceive over the age of 35. 

This is extremely important to get straight if you’re waiting a while to have a baby. Yes, fertility goes down over time, but the statistic that says that one in three women between 35 and 39 years of age won’t be able to get pregnant after trying for one year is outdated. In truth, 82% of women ages 35 to 39 are able to conceive within one year. If you’re truly concerned with your fertility, talk to a doctor. 

2. You can’t get pregnant when you have your period. 

While it’s unlikely that you’ll get pregnant while you have your period, it is possible. Some of the bleeding you experience may not be menstrual, but instead related to ovulation. Plus, ovulation can overlap with menstruation, especially if you usually have a short cycle.

3. Male fertility doesn’t run out. 

Men can’t have babies forever and ever, no matter how old they are. As men age, they experience a decline in testosterone. They can still be fertile, but the odds of getting someone pregnant will start to decrease after 35. For an example of someone who’s making a major difference in the healthcare field, read about Yosef Meystel.

4. It takes a long time to get pregnant if you just went off birth control. 

Spending a long time on birth control doesn’t necessarily affect how quickly you’re able to get pregnant. When you go off the Pill, for example, your body gets back to a normal cycle within just a few weeks. Ovulation will occur naturally within one month. The hormones don’t stick around to mess up your fertility.

5. You can help yourself get pregnant by putting your legs in the air after having sex. 

Lying on your back with your feet in the air doesn’t do a thing for your fertility. Sperm don’t need help to do what they’re supposed to do. However, professionals do suggest laying down for about 15 minutes and waiting a while to urinate. Otherwise, go about your business as usual!

Preparing to have a baby is so exciting. Make sure that you only heed the advice of professionals, though. Women who have had children will be brimming with advice and answers to your questions, but odds are that most people will have their information wrong.

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