We’ve all come across some bizarre and in some cases, somewhat believable myths about fertility. Fertility can be a very confusing topic and it’s not helped by the amount of misinformation about it. Sex education in general, is typically incomplete and subpar. And when we do talk about fertility and reproduction, we don’t talk about it directly. We take a look at some commonly believed pregnancy myths that may negatively affect women’s reproductive health and the ability to conceive.
Birth Control Pills Can Either Protect Or Harm Fertility
Some women are under the notion that birth control must protect their fertility by ‘saving’ their eggs from ovulation. Others worry that pills harm their fertility, especially if they’ve been on them for a long time.
In reality, neither are true. Once a woman goes off of birth control pills, she is no more or less likely to get pregnant than she would be if she had never been on the pills in the first place.
Stopping Birth Control Makes You Extra Fertile
A survey of about 2,000 women who stopped taking birth control pills to try to have a baby, showed just 21 percent became pregnant within one cycle of stopping. This rate is nearly the same as the natural pregnancy rate of 20 percent to 25 percent per menstrual cycle in women not using any birth control.
For normally ovulating women, there may actually be a delay in fertility for a few months after stopping the pill. This, however, mustn’t stop couples who want to get pregnant from trying at this time.
Your Sexual Position Affects Your Fertility
It’s long been believed that there differences in conception rate based on sexual position. The myth goes on to suggest it’s important that a woman lays down quietly for a few minutes for the sperm to get to their destination. Something to do with gravity. Most sperm with any chance of fertilization have gone past the point of no return almost immediately after ejaculation.
There are simply no scientific studies that establish a correlation between the length with which the woman lays down after sex and subsequent pregnancy rates. There basically no difference in pregnancy rates between people who spent 15 minutes lying on their back versus those who get up and move around as soon as they’re done.
Drinking Cough Syrup Improves Pregnancy Chances
The chemicals that help loosen mucus and make a cough more productive in cough syrup may also make cervical secretions more liquid and inviting to sperm. But you have to drink a lot of cough syrup to get the effect.
Taking more than the recommended dose of any medicine is never a good idea. Even more so using it in a way other than what it was designed for.
It’s Easier to Get Pregnant the Second Time
The misconception stems from the belief that women who have gotten pregnant before are more fertile than the population at large. Pregnancy itself is a test of the fertility system, so women with a prior pregnancy know that at least at that time everything was right.
However, some women who conceived easily the first time can be in a position where they struggle at the second time of asking. To treat secondary infertility, the same potential causes need to be evaluated as in those having trouble the first time.
Bleeding During The First Trimester Means Miscarriage
If you experience bleeding in your first trimester, you join the 15 to 25 percent of women who experience this too. While any bleeding is alarming, it is not always associated with a miscarriage.
Heavy bleeding results in miscarriage about 25 percent of the time, however, it’s still essential for people to talk to their doctor if they notice bleeding at any phase in their pregnancy to assess what’s going on.
As you can see, there’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to fertility. Contact Marie Stopes today and get information which will help you silence all the noise out there and focus more on your fertility.