Myths and facts about infertility
Infertility is the inability of a person to reproduce by natural means. This is a very stressful and personal life experience and unfortunately, there is a lot of misunderstanding and myth surrounding the subject.
Here, we try to list and debunk a few myths and shed light on facts.
MYTH: Infertility is a woman’s issue.
FACT: It is a male and female issue. it can be fertility issues in men, women or in both.
MYTH: Being on Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP) for a long period leads to infertility.
FACT: OCP usage has NO effect on fertility. While it may take some time, after OCP stoppage, for the natural female hormones to take over, most become fertile inside a year’s time.
MYTH: Irregular menstrual cycles are signs of infertility.
FACT: They just make timing conception a more difficult task. Peak conception period is 15 days before another cycle starts and irregularity just makes it difficult for the couple to time sex.
MYTH: Infertile couples should relax, then they can conceive.
FACT: Relaxation alone will not help. Consult the doctor. It may be a correctable physical condition. Sometimes, just a lifestyle change may help.
MYTH: A male sperm count cannot be improved.
FACT: Males who produce low or no sperm may have blockages or other physical treatable conditions. Other times, medications, a healthy lifestyle can all improve sperm count in males.
MYTH: Fertility and age are not connected.
FACT: They are. The older one becomes, the lesser becomes the fertility rate and chances of miscarriage arise. However, it does affect females more than males.
MYTH: Tight clothing affects male fertility.
FACT: Research has concluded that tight clothing has no significant effect on male fertility. But, it is always better to wear comfortable clothing.
MYTH: Infertility is hereditary.
FACT: It is NOT hereditary, but, there are some medical conditions that are hereditary and affect fertility.
There is a lot of misinformation about fertility and related subjects. Always, always, consult with a professional before taking any action.
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