Fertility is now a topic that’s discussed openly and without inhibition but more information does not necessarily mean better information. Confusing fertility advice sparks unnecessary tension among people. The misinformation can be overwhelming and it can be hard to know as to what the truth is and what’s not. Let’s debunk some of the myths that surround fertility. On the Ziva Fertility platform, you can ask your questions directly and eliminate any ambiguity.
- Myth – Infertility is a female problem.
Fact – Infertility is not only a ‘her’ problem. It affects both men and women. It is a female problem in 35% of the cases, a male problem in 35% of the cases, a combined problem of the couple in 20% of the cases, and unexplained in 10% of the cases. Both the man and the woman must be evaluated during an infertility work-up.
- Myth – If you’ve had a previous pregnancy, you’re still fertile.
Fact – 30% of infertility happens after the first child. It is known as secondary infertility – the inability to get pregnant when you already have a child. Besides age, other causes of secondary infertility include weight gain, male factor, or due to an internal complication because of a previous pregnancy.
- Myth – IVF is only for younger couples.
Fact – Although age is a factor that determines fertility, this procedure can be as effective in ladies in the post-menopausal group as in younger ones. In the older age group, donor eggs from younger females are used. However, it should be kept in mind that the pregnancy rates in older women are lower as compared to younger women.
- Myth – Stress affects fertility.
Fact – Stress does not directly affect fertility. In fact, it’s the other way round, not being able to conceive is the cause of stress. It, however, triggers other factors associated with infertility. Infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system and there is no scientifically proven mechanism between stress and infertility.
- Myth – Men are always fertile.
Fact –Some men indeed become fathers in their golden years too but it does not mean that their biological clock isn’t ticking. After the age of 40, men are likely to start experiencing a decrease in semen volume and motility.