3 Fertility Myths Anyone Trying to Conceive Should Know

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couple holding hands fingers crossedFor 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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femal... femaleMIKE

"stop thinking about and it will happen"

"assume the missionary position, don't let anything spill out"


MsRkg MsRkg

"do it on the full moon and you'll be pregnant by the next one"

nonmember avatar Sarah

We ended up being that couple that didn't use protection ONE time and got pregnant!

lucky... luckydog1029

I don't like being a cliche, but we saw fertility doctors for almost a year, did oral drugs and then injectables with IUI treatments each month without getting pregnant. We decided it was time to move on and research IVF with donor eggs, so we took a break from treatment to explore it. That first month off treatment we ended up pregnant! While I'm exstatic (23 weeks today), I am very aware that this story is not going to make someone still in the throw of infertility treatment feel better about their situation. I wish and hope everyone suffering through it can get their happy ending.

3litt... 3littleLuvBugs

It's crazy scarey how easy it is for me to get pregnant. I thank god every day for blessing us with the gift to conceive with out problems or complications cause I know of and read so many stories of couples who just can't even after trying every thing possible. I pray for all those who are trying and want nothing more then to be parents. God Bless stay positive. <3

eager... eagerforbaby

luckydog1029-same story with me, we tried 4 years, and had 3 failed IVFs and were moving on to adoption, and I got pregnant the very next cycle after failed IVF#3.  I'm 22 weeks. 

Syed Feroz

Just impossible !


I gave many tries...but still my didnt lose my hope..wish me good luck ...lol.



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Kayla... KaylaMillar

If you have sex after your period it will be a girl

Bmat Bmat

Yes, I'd heard of these myths.

If your last baby says Mama first, your next will be a girl.

jessi... jessicasmom1

I have 1 DD ... and feeling very full these days maybe a 2nd

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