4 fertility myths debunked

4 fertility myths debunked

Are you diligently sipping fertility smoothies, timing intimacy down to the minute, or anxiously awaiting conception during the so-called "fertile window"? If so, you might be operating under common fertility myths that could be hindering your journey to parenthood. Let's debunk these misconceptions together.

Myth 1: Only Women Need to Make Changes for Pregnancy Preparation

One prevalent misconception is that only women need to tweak their diet and lifestyle to boost fertility. However, men's health plays a crucial role too. Sperm is 50% of the puzzle! Research suggests that factors like smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet, and sedentary lifestyles can impair sperm quality and quantity. Both partners should focus on adopting a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding harmful habits to optimise fertility.

Myth 2: Pregnancy is Possible at Any Time of the Month

Contrary to popular belief, pregnancy is not feasible at all times during the menstrual cycle. Conception can only occur when sperm meets a mature egg, typically during ovulation. While sperm can survive in the female reproductive tract for 5 days, the egg is viable for a much shorter window, up to 24 hours post-ovulation. Understanding your menstrual cycle and pinpointing ovulation through methods like tracking basal body temperature, understanding changes to your cervical fluid or using ovulation predictor kits can significantly enhance your chances of conception.

Myth 3: Every Woman Ovulates on Day 14

Day 14 ovulation is a widely perpetuated myth that oversimplifies the intricacies of the menstrual cycle. In reality, the timing of ovulation varies among women and can fluctuate from month to month due to factors like stress, illness, or hormonal imbalances. While some women may ovulate on or around day 14 of their cycle, others may ovulate earlier or later. Tracking ovulation cues such as cervical mucus consistency and ovulation predictor kits can help determine your individual ovulation pattern.

Myth 4: Past Pregnancy Success Guarantees Future Fertility

Experiencing a smooth conception journey with your first child doesn't guarantee seamless subsequent pregnancies. Research shows 1 in 5 couples who had a child in their 20’s or early 30’s may have trouble conceiving in their late 30’s. Fertility can fluctuate over time due to age-related declines, changes in health status, or underlying reproductive issues that may have gone unnoticed previously. It's essential for couples that both parties look to optimise their diet and lifestyle for a minimum of 90 days prior to trying to conceive. We recommend seeking professional guidance if difficulties arise.

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