In an attempt to de-mystify the subject, these 7 Fertility Myths Women Should Know Are Absolute Nonsense are debunked to shed a little light on how our bodies actually work in a reproductive sense.
1. If You Don’t Have a Period, You Can’t Get Pregnant
This is a popular myth amongst young people. Its what they tell each other to dismiss fears of getting pregnant if they decide to become sexually active and haven’t yet started menstruating. Some older women may also fall into a false sense that they won’t fall pregnant if their periods have become irregular or seem to have ceased.
If you ovulate, you can become pregnant. Ovulation occurs BEFORE your period begins, so getting pregnant and not having a period is very, very possible.
2. Pregnancy Won’t Occur if Using the Pull-Out Method
Another common misconception is that if the male partner “pulls out” before ejaculation occurs then he cannot impregnate his female partner. This is entirely untrue. Before ejaculation, there is seminal fluid present which could make its way to the egg if it is the right time of month for conception.
Furthermore, even if the male partner pulls out, this may not happen in enough time or occur outside the vaginal area where bodily fluids could still mix and have sperm finding their way to fertilising the egg.
3. The 14th Day of Your Cycle = Ovulation Day
There is nothing that gets in the way from achieving pregnancy more than this myth about ovulation. Not all women have textbook cycles. Actually, most women, even if they do have 28 day cycles, do not ovulate on exactly the 14th day every month.
The only way you can determine if ovulation has occurred is by tracking your basal temperature and charting it. You can also use at home Ovulation Predictor Kits; however, they only detect the surge that happens prior to ovulation. This surge could happen and then ovulation gets delayed still.
4. Stress Will Prevent You from Achieving Pregnancy
Many couples who are trying to conceive hear more unsolicited advice than they wish to acknowledge. One gem of advice that is quite often passed down is that they should “Just relax and it will happen!”
The intention is good; however, this myth is all too untrue. Relaxing will not achieve conception. There are many people who experience stressful lives and who are successful at conceiving. It is true that excessive and prolonged stress can influence ovulation and even sperm quality, but the stress would have to be extreme and on-going.
5. After Six Months of No Success, There Must Be Something Wrong
Trying to conceive can be tiring “business”. Couples start their journey excited for new possibilities and looking ahead to starting a family. Then reality sets in and they see that getting pregnant isn’t always as easy as we were led to believe in high school health class.
It is almost a fine art!
Some people will panic and assume that there must be something wrong with their bodies after six months of no success, the fact is that it takes most healthy couples up to a year on average to achieve pregnancy. There is no need to rush out to make fertility specialist appointments after only six months of actively trying, unless you are aware of underlying conditions.
6. If Two Sperm Get to the Egg, Twins Are Created
The mystery of twins always has lots of misinformation swirling around. Some people think that twins are determined by the male side, when in fact the opposite is true. Twins run on the maternal side not the paternal side, and usually only fraternal twins are hereditary. (Scholze, 2013)
Fraternal twins happen when two eggs are released and separately fertilised by two different sperm. Identical twins are a chance happening where one egg is fertilised and upon beginning to develop, splits into two.
Some may wonder what would happen if two sperm penetrate one egg; would this not create twins? The answer is no. In fact, if two sperm happen to fertilise one egg it is known as polyspermy and the development of the blastocyst stops. A normal, healthy pregnancy is not achieved, and miscarriage of that fertilised egg will occur. (Krencius, 2016)
7. Female Orgasms Are a Must if You are Trying to Get Pregnant
While every woman wishes this were true to guarantee their own pleasure, it is unfortunately not the case. Only a male orgasm is required, obviously, to achieve pregnancy. However, there are studies released where scientists have found that a female orgasm could help in moving the process along faster.
So, if a couple has not had any luck conceiving after a few cycles, they could try to ensure the female partner is reaching orgasm too. The timing of the female orgasm could have something to do with it as well, since the contraction of the cervical muscles during a woman’s orgasm could draw up the sperm through her cervix and into the uterus, putting it into an optimum position for fertilisation. (Raupp, 2009)
It is important to note that some women never achieve orgasm through intercourse, yet go on to have healthy pregnancies.
- Krencius, A. (2016, December 11). What would happen in the event of two separate men’s sperm fertilizing the same egg? Retrieved from Quora.com
- Raupp, A. (2009, October 23). The Cervical Dip, Orgasms & Trying to Conceive. Retrieved from SheKnows.com
- Scholze, D. A. (2013). Twins. Retrieved from Stanford at the Tech Understanding Genetics
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