The facts and myths about fertility

125753628Once people find out you’re getting ready to hop on the baby train, you’ll get a never-ending stream of advice – whether you asked for it or not. I work with numerous women struggling with infertility and hear all of the advice they’re given daily. I’m here to set the story straight to help you make the right choices with facts and myths about fertility.

Stress can affect fertility

TRUE: Studies have shown that the less stressed a woman is, the more successful she is with IVF. While this is not the case in all situations, it is important to remember the affects stress has on our bodies. I know relaxing is easier said than done when trying to conceive. I always remind my patients to treat themselves and make time for the things they enjoy.

Age Matters

TRUE: Age is one of the top indicators of fertility. The older you are, the more likely you are to have fertility issues. Studies have shown that women are more likely to need help when trying to conceive after 35. But that doesn’t at all mean it’s impossible to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. But try not to wait too long, for many women over 40, it may be very difficult to conceive with her own eggs.

Home fertility tests are just as reliable as doctors.

FALSE: With the popularity of home fertility tests increasing, more women are choosing this convenient option to find out their fertility. This technology is as accurate as ever, but it is still not 100 percent reliable. A quarter of women who took the home fertility test were falsely diagnosed as infertile. So before assuming the worst, come in and have a thorough evaluation with a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist.

Position does matter

FALSE: Despite what your sister, best friend, cousin or even the woman in the grocery store tells you, position doesn’t matter. Have fun! Experiment! Just lay down and relax after sex to help give sperm a little nudge with good old fashion gravity.

Have sex often before, during and after ovulation.

TRUE: Many women think you only need to have sex on the first day of ovulation for the best results. In reality, you should be having sex before, during and after ovulation. Your fertility is highest during that time and the day you start ovulating can change. An egg is only viable for 24 hours after ovulation, so check your fertility calendar and have sex once a day around ovulation! You deserve it!

Fertility advice comes from every direction and it’s hard to distinguish what is fact and what is myth. No matter what tips you’ve been hearing, we’re here to help. All questions are welcomed and encouraged to make sure you take the best steps for you.

 

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James A. Simon

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