It’s 2023, and the topic of fertility is still kept well hidden. People, who have been through the process, refuse to let out their knowledge or discuss anything even remotely related to fertility with struggling couples.
Of course, these people don’t mean any bad. It’s just they find the topic too private to be discussed. And the ones, who do open up, talk in a series of riddles and hints. This leaves the concerned couple even more confused.
Why are we unable to conceive? Is there something that we’re doing wrong? Should we get fertility supplements? What are the best options?.. etc.
There are a lot of unanswered questions. Well, if you’re someone who really wants to know the truth about getting pregnant, this is the right place. Today, we will debunk the most popular fertility myths in detail. Let’s get started!
- Taking Birth Control Pills Makes You Infertile.
Birth control pills are hormonal contraceptives. This means they temporarily fluctuate the female hormones so that your pregnancy is delayed. Women, who take birth control pills, can delay their periods and avoid getting pregnant.
However, this has nothing to do with infertility. The effect will wear off once you stop taking the pills, and the body will return to the regular menstrual cycle. You can get pregnant whether you took birth control pills in the past or present.
- Heavy Periods Mean Good Fertility.
If you bleed heavily, this does not mean you have excellent reproductive health. You’re losing way more blood than an average woman – that’s not normal!
Heavy periods occur when your sanitary pad or tampon is filled within a few hours. Or, your periods last for more than seven days. This excessive bleeding is a sign of underlying problems like endometriosis or uterine fibroids.
If not treated or managed on time, these problems can worsen and cause complications in your fertility.
- You Can’t Get Pregnant on Your Period.
It may sound crazy but you can get pregnant while on your period. This is because the sperm has a lifespan of 5 days. So, if you try conceiving in the last few days of your period, you can get a positive pregnancy test.
However, this won’t work for everyone. Successful conception largely depends on your ovulation. If your body doesn’t ovulate early, the sperm will die, and no fertilization will take place.
- You Can Have Babies in Your 40s.
IVF and modern pregnancy technologies have convinced people that they can have children whenever they want. This is a huge misunderstanding!
A woman’s body is not designed to have babies at any age. Most women are fertile only till their 40s and then, they enter the menopausal stage (permanent inability to conceive). However, even though you’re fertile until menopause, fertility rates decrease with age.
This means the more you delay having babies, the less successful you will be. Your egg quality will go down – leading to miscarriages and birth defects.
- Only Women Experience Infertility.
This is, by far, the biggest myth to exist worldwide. People are quick to assume that women are responsible for failed pregnancies. However, the truth is fertility problems exist in both men and women.
The only difference is that female infertility issues are easy to identify. Irregular periods, PCOS, and extreme pelvic pain are some noticeable signs that help women seek professional care early in life.
Comparatively, male infertility issues (low sperm count, sperm immobility, etc.) are only diagnosed through sperm analysis.
- You Won’t Get Pregnant on Your First Try.
Pregnancy occurs whenever the sperm fertilizes the prepared egg. This has nothing to do with whether this is your first try or not. So, it’s unwise to think that this myth is true (it is not!).
Instead, you should consider tracking your menstrual cycle. The peak fertile days are in the ovulation phase when the prepared egg is released into the system to be fertilized. This is usually the 14th day of the menstrual cycle.
Trying to conceive a few days before can help you get pregnant successfully.
- You Should Wait 3 Months Before Taking a Pregnancy Test.
A female who misses her period for 3 consecutive months is pregnant. This is traditionally how women used to confirm their pregnancies. But the world has changed a lot, and so have the methods.
You don’t need to wait 3 months before taking a pregnancy test. In fact, it’s best to take the test on the first day of your missed period. If you don’t have an idea about the date, take it 21 days after trying to conceive.