Fertility Myths Debunked: What You Need to Know About Infertility

Myth: A woman can't become pregnant after age 35.

Fact: While fertility falls after the age of 35, it is still possible to become pregnant until menopause, which usually happens around the age of 51.

Figure: According to the CDC, the birth rate for women aged 35–39 has grown in recent years.

Myth: Infertility is always a concern for women.

Fact: One-third of infertility instances are solely due to a male factor. Another one-third is due to a mix of male and female factors.

Figure: According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, male infertility contributes to around 50% of all cases of infertility.

Myth: Some sexual postures enhance the likelihood of pregnancy.

Fact: There is no evidence to support this claim. The sperm's capacity to fertilize an egg is not impacted by position.

Figure: According to the National Institutes of Health, 85% of couples who have frequent unprotected intercourse will become pregnant within a year of trying.

Myth: Stress is a factor in infertility.

Fact: While stress can disrupt a woman's menstrual cycle and make it difficult to conceive, it is rarely the primary cause of infertility.

Figure: In 5% of cases of infertility, stress was revealed to be a contributing factor, according to a study in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility.

Myth: Consuming specific foods can boost fertility.

Fact: While a balanced diet is vital for overall health, no single food has been shown to improve fertility.

Figure: According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, keeping a healthy weight can increase fertility because obesity can impact hormone levels and ovulation.

Myth: IVF always results in numerous pregnancies.

Fact: As technology and techniques progress, the number of embryos transferred during IVF can be managed to limit the chance of multiple pregnancies.

Figure: According to the CDC, in 2018, 21.8% of IVF cycles resulted in twin babies, whereas just 1.3% of cycles resulted in triplet or higher-order births.

Conclusion: Don't believe everything you read or hear regarding fertility. Talk to a healthcare professional about any worries you may have and seek information from reputable sources.