For some people, getting pregnant is as easy as forgetting to put the condom on one time. For others, like Giuliana Rancic, there are fertility issues, leaving you to try the many options out there to help you conceive. Rancic, who discovered she had breast cancer while trying to get pregnant, just announced that she and Bill are going to have a baby via gestational surrogate. Happy days! And it's also hopeful for any woman going through any kind of infertility.
It's National Infertility Awareness Week, a time of year devoted to raising awareness about reproductive health and infertility. Women who face infertility are not alone -- there are over 7.3 million people in the U.S. going through it. But not everyone fully understands the issue. Here are the top three myths about fertility, including the facts so people know the truth, get empowered, and stay positive on their journey to parenthood.
Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, OBGYN, shared the following:
MYTH: Fertility problems only occur after age 35.
FACT: According to Dr. Minkin, while age is definitely a factor in your chances of getting pregnant, it’s not the only one. Endometriosis, irregular periods, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome may limit your chances of becoming pregnant. Dr. Minkin suggests that if you’re in your 20s and have been trying to get pregnant for over a year, or are in your 30s and have been trying for more than 6 months without luck, see your doctor for evaluation.
MYTH: Having sex as much as possible will increase chances of conception.
FACT: Chances of conception are highest during the time of the woman’s ovulation. To ensure you know the two days of your cycle when you’re most fertile and more likely to conceive, Dr. Minkin suggests tracking your ovulation with a product such as the First Response® Digital Ovulation Test. This test tracks your unique hormone levels to determine your personal LH surge, which precedes ovulation by 24-36 hours.
MYTH: Getting pregnant will happen right away once you stop taking the pill.
FACT: Your body needs time to adjust to new hormone levels and return to your natural cycle. Dr. Minkin informs that you can get pregnant quickly; however, your body will most likely need a period of readjustment.
Stress is a huge thing when you are trying to get pregnant -- it can actually decrease your chances. So know the facts, stay calm, and keep trying!
Did you know these facts about fertility? What other myths have you heard?
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