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Don't Fall for These Fertility Myths

Updated: 6 days ago

When it comes to fertility, there are many myths, old wives’ tales and misinformation out there. Emotionally charged topics like fertility are often magnets for misinformation. Superstitions like rubbing a statue, eating lots of honey, not sitting on cold stone and avoiding sweeping under the bed persist despite lack of evidence. And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fertility myths.

Science has come a long way when it comes to fertility but much of the public isn’t educated on recent advancements. Doctors who specialize in fertility often spend a lot of time educating their patients and correcting false beliefs.

Here are some fertility myths that simply aren’t true:

Myth: Irregular Periods are a Sign of Infertility

Many women believe irregular periods are a sign they’re infertile but the occasional irregular cycle is common. Disruptions to the menstrual cycle can be a result of stress and even lack of sleep. Changes in hormone balances may cause changes in the cycle. While irregular cycles don’t make it impossible to become pregnant, they can make it more challenging. Trying to time for the peak conception/ovulation window is more difficult when the cycle is disrupted. Talk to your gynecologist is this is a recurring issue.

Myth: Have Sex Every Day if You Want to Get Pregnant

You don’t need to have sex every day to get pregnant. In fact, you only have to do it during your fertile window (approximately 14 days after you start your menstrual cycle.) The best days to try are two days before and two days after the approximate peak day. Outside of the ovulation window, sex isn’t likely to lead to pregnancy.

Myth: Miscarriages are Genetic

Just because your mother or grandmother had a miscarriage doesn’t necessarily mean you’re more likely to have a miscarriage yourself. Sometimes with recurrent miscarriages, there may be an asymptomatic chromosomal disorder such as balanced translocation which causes an increased tendency to miscarry, and such conditions can run in families and be passed on to a child. These genetic disorders are present only in around 5% of all couples with recurrent miscarriages.

Myth: You Can’t Pregnant After 40

You can get pregnant after 40. While fertility does decline after 35, turning 40 is not the end of your chance to have a baby. Although, some women over 40 may have higher success rates using donor eggs. Women under 55 who haven’t gone through menopause are viable candidates for getting pregnant. In many cases, it may take fertility medicines or technology to help. Intrauterine inseminations (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or possible oocyte donation may be necessary to help the process along.

Myth: Bleeding During the First Trimester Will Result in a Miscarriage

15-25% of women experience some bleeding in their first trimester. While bleeding can be scary, it’s not always associated with miscarriage. About 25% of the time, heavy bleeding results in a miscarriage. It’s important to talk to your OBGYN if you experience bleeding at any stage of your pregnancy.

If you have questions or would like to meet with a fertility specialist in the Chicago, IL area: Arlington Heights, Palatine, Buffalo Grove and Schaumburg. Call (847) 221-6500 to talk to one of our doctors who specialize in fertility.


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