Are you one of those who think that there are ways to promote pregnancy that even without being scientifically proven work? Check out the list of popular myths and beliefs that still exist, and in which many people still believe.
Here is the list of 14 myths about fertility most popular ... and that you shouldn't believe.
Although there is more and more information on medical topics, there are still many myths related to fertility. We have collected some of them:
1. If you are in good health, you will easily get pregnant. Good health increases our quality of life but, unfortunately, it is not synonymous with fertility. There are other factors that do have a decisive influence, one of the most important is age.
2. Fertility begins to decline after 38. In fact, the ovarian reserve, directly related to female fertility, is at its highest point at age 20, this means that the possibility of conceiving is exponentially higher, from that moment on, it decreases little by little. You can read more about the ovarian reserve in our article (link).
3. The age of men does not matter. It is wrong, according to studies by the University Hospital of Cruces, from the age of 39 male fertility decreases an average of 23% each year.
4. The "responsible" for the infertility of the couple is usually the woman. This is not the case, in 40% of the cases reproductive problems can be attributed to women, another 40% of cases come from men and the remaining 20% are related to problems of both or other causes.
5. If you have already been a mother, it will be easier for you to conceive. Actually, it has nothing to do with that, but it does have to do with how old you are now, if you have suffered from any previous disease such as endometriosis and, if you have had children previously, how the pregnancy and delivery went.
6. The more relationships you have, more chances of getting pregnant. There are actually only a few fertile days a month, if you have sex on them, you are more likely to get pregnant. Having more than one contact a day reduces the rate of sperm per ejaculate from your partner.
7. Posture is very important. From the anatomical point of view, the "missionary" position facilitates the approach of the sperm to the cervix, but there is no evidence that one position is better than another, nor does it succeed in turning upside down after sexual intercourse (another myth).
What some gynecologists do recommend, although there is no scientific evidence to support it, is to perform a short break of about 10 minutes after intercourse to allow sperm to reach the fallopian tubes more easily.
8. There are two types of infertility, primary, pregnancy is not achieved after a year of frequent sexual intercourse without using contraceptive methods, and secondary, couples who have achieved pregnancy in the past but are no longer possible, many times the Secondary infertility is the consequence of some problem during previous pregnancies and deliveries.
9. A woman is fertile as long as she has her period. It is not like that, menopause usually consolidates over 50 years, five years before it is very difficult to get pregnant despite continuing to have menstruation.
10. Infertility is a psychological problem. No, it is a physical problem. Stress and psychological problems (anxiety, depression) are detrimental factors in getting pregnant, but they are not the cause of infertility.
11. You can choose the sex of the baby. Some theories indicate that performing intercourse in certain positions or on certain days (odd / even, moon phase, etc.) allows us to conceive a boy or a girl at will. It goes without saying that none of this is proven or has a scientific or logical basis.
12. The best sperm is the one that fertilizes the egg. It is true that a while ago we thought that was the case, but not anymore. Now we know that the "teamwork" of a large number of sperm allows the coating of the ovum to erode and that the ovum in a certain way "chooses" who to let pass.
13. Using oral contraceptives makes it harder to get pregnant when you stop taking them. When contraceptive treatment is stopped, fertility is restored, ovulation is no longer inhibited, the ovaries return to normal function and regular menstrual cycles.
14. If I don't get pregnant, I must wait a year before requesting medical help. It is true in part, it depends on how old you are and if you have had any previous pathology. For example, if you are over 35 or have some factor associated with infertility problems, you should go to your gynecologist 6 months after the failed search, time is money in terms of fertility.
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