Infertility can be a distressing journey for many couples, and if you find yourself struggling to conceive, it’s essential to know you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 7.3 million Americans are experiencing infertility.
As there are many rumors and inaccurate information surrounding infertility, sometimes the lack of understanding about the basic facts can often lead to panic.
We've addressed and debunked 5 common myths about infertility, and what you really need to know.
Myth #1: Infertility is almost always the woman's problem
Many women blame themselves for their inability to get pregnant because they assume a lack of fertility must be directly related to their body. But, infertility isn't just a "woman's issue." According to the National Institutes of Health, one-third of infertility cases are caused by male reproductive issues, one-third by female reproductive issues, and one-third by both male and female reproductive issues or by unknown factors.
Myth #2: Being on birth control for a long time leads to infertility
Contrary to popular belief, the pill has no negative impact on fertility. Whether you have been on the pill for 8 months or 8 years, most women resume a normal menstrual cycle within 1 to 2 months after stopping birth control pills. If your menstrual cycle doesn’t resume within 2 months of stopping birth control, contact your provider.
Myth #3: You're trying too hard—just relax and you’ll get pregnant
If you've been trying to conceive for several months or years with no success, it’s only natural to feel somewhat defeated and stressed out. Although managing stress in healthy ways is great for your overall health and wellbeing, relaxation alone won't help you become pregnant, as infertility has to do with your reproductive system, not your nervous system.
So, instead of booking that tropical vacation, infertile couples should schedule an appointment with their OBGYN.
Myth #4: Woman can’t get pregnant after 35
Most women have probably heard that postponing pregnancy until their late 30s will lead to infertility, and some women of that age who are struggling to conceive may automatically assume it's because of their age.
Many of the statistics surrounding the idea that pregnancy after 35 is unlikely are simply outdated. Peak reproductive years begin in your late teens and extend into your late 20s, and by the time you’re in your 30s, fertility starts to slightly decline. However, many women have gone on to have healthy pregnancies later in life.
Myth #5: Your health doesn’t impact fertility
In reality, one of the largest factors of fertility for men and women comes down to health. Various lifestyle factors such as being underweight or overweight, exercising too much, or drinking alcohol in excess can all contribute to infertility.
Consult Metro OBGYN
If you have been trying to get pregnant without success, the next step is to consult your provider.
Here at Metro OBGYN, many couples (even with unexplained infertility) are able to become pregnant with assistance from our infertility treatments and testing assistance. When it comes to family planning, we have many safe and effective options available.