Bursting Old Infertility Myths

July 18, 2016

Infertility is a complex and often misunderstood condition that has a lot of confusion surrounding it. Medical science has advanced rapidly over the years with newer technologies being used in the treatment of fertility issues. There are many beliefs about the treatment of infertility. However, it is important to separate the myths from the truth.

Myth 1: Infertility is a woman’s problem.

Fact: Studies have shown that in 32% of cases, there are problems associated with the male partner, in 32% of cases the causes are related to the female partner, and there are causes attributable with both in 17% of cases and in 19% of cases the reasons are unexplained.

Myth 2: A woman can get pregnant only on a single day of her menstrual cycle.

Fact: The fertile window is the six days that end on the day of ovulation. Pregnancy is most likely to occur with intercourse within the three days before ovulation. Keep track of ovulation with the calendar method (ovulation occurs around 14 days before the menstrual period is due) or by using an ovulation predictor kit. Frequent sex boosts your chances of conceiving. It’s important to have a happy sex life. Be relaxed and have sex often throughout the month.

Myth 3: Infertility is a psychological problem, not a physical one!

Fact: Friends and family may suggest that infertility is due to you being under stress or due to worrying too much. While infertility is usually a condition of the reproductive system, in 19% of cases the cause is unexplained. Stress in any situation is never good for your health and studies indicate that time to achieve pregnancy can be reduced and success rates for achieving pregnancy increased by cutting down on stress. Start relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation for about 10-20 minutes a day, which can relieve your stress and improve your overall well-being.

Myth 4: If a couple adopts a child, the woman will get pregnant.

Fact: This must be painful to hear if you are a couple who is trying to start a family. There is no truth in it as well. This is based on anecdotal evidence and has no scientific basis.

Myth 5: Perhaps this is God’s way of telling you that you’ll aren’t meant to be parents!

Facts:  This is another suggestion that must be very difficult to hear. Especially when you are going through the emotional rollercoaster of handling the treatment for infertility. But you must trust your gut instinct which is always right when it tells you that you would make marvellous and loving parents to a very lucky child.

Myth 6: Infertile couples will never be happy or have a fulfilled life.

Fact: When a couple is unable to conceive, despite multiple trials, it can leave them with sadness, despair, grief and a sense of failure. It is normal to go through a range of emotions at this time. While some couples get through it successfully, for others it can be a very difficult situation to accept. It is important to seek professional help and counselling to help you get in touch with your inner strength to find ways to fill the emotional void.

There are many more such myths about infertility that most infertile couples face in their everyday lives. However, it is important to visit your Gynaecologist to get authentic information and advice on infertility or pregnancy-related issues.

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