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07 Apr Myths and Misconceptions about Fertility

Myths Truth
Infertility is always due to problems in the women. Studies have found that about 1/3 is due to problems in men and another 1/3 is due to problems in both partners. Only 1/3 is due to female problems.
Stress can cause infertility. Therefore, if I relax, I will get pregnant. Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system. Although stress can sometimes affect hormone levels and ovulation, emotions are not keeping you from getting pregnant. The stress and intense emotions you feel are the result of infertility, not its cause.

Infertility is a medical problem that usually requires treatment. At least 50% of those who complete an infertility evaluation will respond to treatment with a successful pregnancy. Those who do not seek help have about 5% of success. This means couples have a 10 times greater chance of conceiving if they get medical help.

If you have regular sexual intercourse for a year without any birth control and still do not conceive, you should consult your gynecologist to find out the reason.
Infertility runs in the family. Most infertility problems are not hereditary. Medical examinations and investigations are necessary to find out the cause.
The sperm counts will remain the same all the time. Therefore, once it is normal, there is no need to repeat. Sperm counts will vary with time and can be affected by medications, illnesses and stress.
Miscarriage is always due to weakness of the womb. There are many causes of miscarriage. Poor qualities of egg and sperm are the common reasons.
Egg drop off every month together with menstruation. The egg comes out once a month in the menstrual cycle during ovulation. It lasts 24-36 hours, after which it degenerates and gets absorbed by the scavenger cells of the body. It does not pass out together with the menstruation.
It is very easy to get pregnant. A normal couple with regular sexual intercourse has only about a 25% chance of conceiving each month.
If I adopt a baby and I will get pregnant. Unfortunately, this persistent myth suggests that adoption is a treatment for infertility, not the happy resolution to infertility. Studies reveal that pregnancy rates for couples after adopting are the same as those for couples who do not adopt.
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