For some of us, the definition of happiness is having a perfect little family – a loving partner, and children who you both can watch grow into successful and happy adults. As much as it is a basic need, a basic desire for us, conceiving can be difficult for some couples. What makes it even more difficult than it already is are the myths and conceptions that surround infertility. 

The emotional turmoil of failing numerous times and believing in things that aren’t even true in the first place is indescribable. That’s why it becomes crucial to debunk myths and misconceptions about infertility. They do not only affect one’s mental health but our effort and most importantly, our relationships. 

In this blog post, we will be debunking some of the widely spread myths and misconceptions about infertility. 

Myth 1: Infertility is a woman’s fault 

Truth: Even men can be infertile

Infertility has often been considered a woman’s fault, thanks to the new stereotypes prevalent in Indian society. But let’s face the fact here that both women and men can be infertile. If a couple is not able to conceive, it isn’t always the women who have fertility issues, it can be the men too.  If studies are concerned, In over 50% of couples, sperm disorders or other male reproductive issues cause infertility. These issues expand to not only the number of sperm but also the shape of the sperm and its mobility. Whatever the issue is, it needs to be diagnosed and treated. 

Myth 2: Conceiving is easy after your first pregnancy 

Truth: It’s not necessary 

It is often assumed that conceiving a child gets easier after the first pregnancy. But it’s the opposite, most couples have difficulty conceiving a child after their first pregnancy. This can be due to the complications that occurred in the first pregnancies, or the primary issues that were making your first pregnancy difficult. It can also be age-related problems as well if the gap between the first pregnancy and the second is longer. 

Needless to say, it’s essential to diagnose the problem and seek treatment at the earliest to avoid further inconvenience and complications. 

Myth 3: Women can’t get pregnant in their late thirties

Truth: Age can create difficulties, but pregnancy isn’t impossible for women in their late thirties

While it is true that women are the most fertile, and have a higher chance of getting pregnant in their 20s, it doesn’t mean that they become infertile when they reach their thirties. Many women in their 30s have successful and healthy pregnancies. Women can become pregnant till they hit menopause, which may even be in their 40s. 

Myth 4: Birth control can cause infertility 

Truth: Birth control pills don’t cause infertility 

Some women refrain from taking birth control pills out of the fear of infertility. But just so you know, even though birth control pills effectively prevent pregnancies, they become ineffective the moment you stop taking them. You will have your periods within a month or two after discarding the pills; however, if you don’t have a regular menstrual cycle for three months or more, you must seek medical help. 

Myth 5: Irregular menstrual cycle means you are infertile 

Truth: Irregular menstrual cycle doesn’t mean you are infertile 

An irregular menstrual cycle is more common than you think. It may not be a sign of infertility but other medical conditions such as PCOS. But other than that, irregular menstrual cycles can also be because of other factors as well, including a sedentary lifestyle and stress. Stress, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and sleep can all contribute to irregular menstrual cycles. You can try and lead a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercising, a healthy diet and good mental health, but if they all don’t fix the issue, it’s time to see a gynaecologist. 

Myth 6: Your overall health doesn’t affect your fertility 

Truth: Overall health is a significant factor influencing fertility 

Most of us undermine the importance of good health. Our health affects everything in our body, from skin and hair to body functions and even fertility. Taking an unhealthy diet, exercising too much or not exercising at all, smoking and drinking all have a huge impact on fertility. 

Closing thoughts 

Debunking myths and misconceptions about infertility is crucial in fostering understanding, compassion, and support for individuals and couples experiencing fertility challenges. By challenging outdated beliefs and providing accurate information, we can break down stigmas and create a more inclusive and empathetic society. It is essential to recognize that infertility is a complex issue with diverse causes, and the journey towards parenthood is unique for every individual. By promoting education, open dialogue, and access to appropriate medical interventions, we can offer hope and empowerment to those navigating the path of infertility, ultimately helping them achieve their dreams of starting a family.

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