When it comes to fertility and treatments like IVF, there are many misconceptions out there. The shocking truth is that lots of people believe those myths to be facts!
If you are trying to conceive and are having trouble doing so, this article is for you. You must read these top ten fertility misconceptions! That’s because it’s likely you might discover something you thought was factual is a downright lie! Here is what you need to know:
Perhaps one of the biggest fertility misconceptions centres around IVF treatment. A shocking number of us got fooled into believing that the majority of women need IVF treatment.
According to the HFEA (Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority), 69,822 women had IVF in 2017. Considering the 2011 Census shows there are 32 million females in the UK, that equates to just 0.2%!
Infertility is a problem that affects both women AND men. Sometimes, men can have fertility problems due to low or poor-quality sperm. Other causes might be down to low levels of testosterone.
The truth is men can ejaculate even if they’ve had a vasectomy, for example. What’s more important is whether they can produce enough good-quality sperm. Did you know that sperm only makes up 2-5% of all semen produced?
Sadly, this is one of the most common myths when it comes to fertility. The truth is that fertility is never guaranteed, regardless of the treatments you try. Moving on from trying to get pregnant should always be an option. Those unable to conceive should never feel shame or guilt for ‘giving up.’
Another sad misconception that some people believe is that fertility is guaranteed for the second baby. In reality, that’s not always the case. Things can change over time, such as age, medical conditions, fitness and hormone levels.
There is no magic medicine on the market that can make any female pregnant. As you know, there are many factors at play when it comes to conceiving. While medical supplements can boost testosterone levels, for example, they can’t guarantee lots of high-quality sperm.
There is no denying that being obese increases your risk of infertility. But, losing weight doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll guarantee your chances of getting pregnant. If anything, you’ll increase the likelihood of being fertile.
There is a misconception that adopting a child will increase your chances of getting pregnant. Sure, the stress of trying to conceive can decrease those chances. Adopting means you won’t be as stressed. But, lower stress levels don’t necessarily mean you’ve solved your infertility problems.
You may not know it, but infertility can happen to men and women of any age. It doesn’t matter whether someone is 18 or 38, infertility doesn’t discriminate against age.
There is plenty of medical research to prove that IVF doesn’t lead to having ‘multiples.’