Infertility is a serious issue for millions of people around the world. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths surrounding it, and that can make it harder to get the right care. Here are 10 of the most common myths about infertility, so you can be more aware of what’s true and what might not be during your fertility journey.
- You Can’t Experience Infertility if You Already Had a Child
Even if you had a child in the past, it does not guarantee an easy journey to having another child. Secondary infertility does happen and it makes having a second child more difficult.
- Using Birth Control Can Lead to Infertility
Birth control hasn’t been shown to have an impact on fertility, either positive or negative.
- You Shouldn’t Seek Treatment if You Can’t Afford IVF
There are many family building options besides IVF that can be considered, and you can still seek treatment even if IVF isn’t the right option for you.
- Infertility is About Conception, Not Miscarriages
Most people think of infertility as an inability to conceive, but repeated miscarriages can also be a sign of infertility issues.
- Only Women, Not Men, Can be Infertile
Both men and women can have fertility issues. Stress levels, poor health, lack of sleep and other factors can lead to fertility problems for men. It is important to know the symptoms so you can speak with a fertility doctor early in your journey.
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles Mean You’re Infertile
Many women experience irregularities in menstruation, and an occasional irregular cycle does not necessarily mean you are infertile. However, if this persists, it can be an indication that you are not ovulating and should speak with a fertility doctor.
- Only Older People Have Issues With Infertility
While it’s statistically more difficult for women to get pregnant as they get older, there are many successful pregnancies in women in their late 30s and into their 40s. Younger women, even in their 20s can have fertility issues and should consult a fertility doctor.
- Couples Should Always Try on Their Own for at Least One Year
In most cases this is the recommendation, but there are times when it makes sense to work with a fertility specialist sooner, rather than later.
- Working Out and Being Healthy Will Keep You Fertile
Being healthy is great for your body, and working out can help your general health, but this doesn’t translate to guaranteed fertility.
- It’s Always Possible to Correct Infertility
Unfortunately, this isn’t true. In many cases infertility can be treated, but there are some issues that can’t be corrected.
While these are 10 of the most common myths, there are others to be considered, as well. Make sure you’re working with trusted professionals who understand fertility, so you can avoid misconceptions and have the highest chance of a successful experience.
At the Fertility Institute of San Diego, we are firm believers that total wellness is an essential component to maximize your success rates. Whether you have questions about where to start in your fertility journey or you’re ready to try egg freezing, IVF or IUI, Dr. Hosseinzadeh and her dedicated team of fertility specialists are here to help you on your fertility journey. Contact us today to learn more!