Debunking the Most Common Fertility Myths

Debunking the Most Common Fertility Myths

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A top infertility consultant in India will have a huge list of instructions, dos and don’ts for couples trying to conceive. But along with the facts, there are tons of myths related to fertility doing the rounds as well. The trick lies in sifting through the pile of information to narrow down on ideas that aren’t just old wives tales, but are medically sound. Here is our attempt at debunking some of the most common myths about fertility.

Myth – It is hard to conceive naturally if you use a contraceptive pill for too long

There is no medical evidence to prove that a woman’s fertility is negatively affected by long term use of the pill. Upon stopping to take a contraceptive pill, the truth is that a woman’s body and reproductive system should bounce back to being fertile fairly quickly. Some experts from the best infertility clinic in Pune advise women to wait until they have their first period after they stop taking the pill so that they can identify their menstrual cycle more easily.

Many women do claim to experience post-Pill amenorrhea, and do not have a menstrual period for a couple of months after they have stopped taking the pill. But it is important to remember that every woman is different and adjusts differently to the changes in the hormones in her body.

Myth – Younger women in their 20s don't have problems with fertility

Usually, fertility in women is said to decrease after the age of 35 and many women believe that they will experience problems getting pregnant naturally if they delay it beyond this age. But it is important to know that even younger women in their 20s may to encounter the same problems.

While it is true that ovulation is affected by age, there are other factors that might affect it as well. For instance, one of the main causes for infertility in women is a condition called Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which affects and interferes with ovulation. Other conditions such as primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and endometriosis too may cause fertility issues by blocking the fallopian tubes and hindering fertility.

Myth – A breastfeeding mother cannot get pregnant

This isn’t a myth as much as it is a misconception. Prolactin is a hormone which is responsible for stimulating lactation. It is also known to stop the release of GnRH, a chemical necessary for optimal ovulation. For this hormone and the process of breastfeeding to work as a contraceptive, a woman absolutely has to meet 3 important criteria, called the actational amenorrhea method (LAM):

  • The baby is younger than 6 months old.
  • The woman hasn't begun her regular menstrual cycle yet.
  • She is engaging in continuous breast-feeding.

If the breastfeeding mother doesn’t meet even one of the aforementioned criteria, she may fall pregnant while breastfeeding.

Myth – Age has no effect on fertility in males

Usually when most people talk about age and fertility, they only refer to women. But it is important to note that age plays as important a role in male infertility as it does in female infertility. Women aren’t the only one at risk of decreased infertility as the years go by. Recent research has shown that men are as susceptible as women to infertility caused by age.

Sperm of older men has shown specific links to genetic issues like polycystic kidney disease, Lesch Nyhan Syndrome, and Hemophilia A. Older fathers have also been found to have children with epilepsy, Down syndrome, autism, and schizophrenia.

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