Read on for a number of unbelievable myths that people gullibly believe about fertility. Some of these myths are outrightly preposterous, while others are plausible but still untrue. Let us debunk them.
1. You Can Become Infertile by Consuming Alcohol
Well, to boost your fertility, you should cut back on inflammatory foods. Alcohol is in this category. However, there is no conclusive study to directly link alcohol with infertility. The point here is alcohol is one of the many inflammatory foods that might reduce one’s ability to conceive. Detoxing can minimize the impact of inflammatory foods such as dairy, gluten and alcohol to enhance the chances of conception.
2. Being Fit Translates to Being More Fertile
This is neither right nor outrightly wrong. It all depends on what you mean by ‘fit’. Your fertility is by being underweight or overweight. Fertility has little to do with whether you are “in shape” but whether you have the right weight and body fat percentage. A woman with a very low BMI can find it very hard to conceive, so does a woman with an extremely high BMI.
However, being “in shape” from regular exercises could enhance your chances of getting pregnant. As you work out, your body releases endorphins, making you feel positive and happy. A happy couple has sex more regularly than a stressed-out couple who are likely to pile up on inflammatory foods such as alcohol, further jeopardizing their fertility.
3. Breastfeeding Makes You Infertile
Breastfeeding does not make you infertile. It is also not a birth control method. It may hit the pause button on your ovulation for a while, but you will progressively regain your ability to ovulate as months wear on. During breastfeeding, you have higher levels of prolactin, the hormone that enables women to produce milk. When prolactin levels are high, ovulation may stop, but gradually resume later as prolactin levels decrease.
4. Prolonged Use of the Pill Makes It Difficult to Conceive Once You Are off It
This cannot be further from the truth. You should be able to get pregnant once you are off the pill. However, it all depends on your ovulation patterns prior to going under a birth control pill. One may or may not immediately get pregnant if they get off the pill at 30 years of age having been on it for the last 15 years.
You may also immediately get pregnant (or not) if you started taking the pill at 21 and stopped at 24 years. The reality in most cases is once you are off the pill, you should be able to conceive. However, some people may take longer than others to get pregnant.
5. Fertility Stops at Age 40
Although women become less fertile as they age, one’s family history of menopause can vary fertility levels, even with age, among women. There are women who conceive multiple times in their 40s without any problem. However, there are others in their 30s who have been trying for years to conceive without success.
It depends on individuals and one’s family age of menopause. For instance, if your mother underwent menopause at 40 years, waiting until you are 40 to get pregnant is not a good idea.
6. Women, and Not Men, Are Solely Responsible for Infertility
Well, this is an unfortunate myth. There are a host of reasons for infertility in men. According to CDC, men and women account for 35% of couples struggling with infertility. Furthermore, the report indicates that 8% of infertility cases are attributable to men alone. Male infertility could be a result of hormonal disorders, age, genetic disorders, testicular or ejaculatory function, abuse of drugs and alcohol, exposure to testosterone, radiation, certain medications, and obesity.
Well, these are some of the common myths about infertility.