Infertility is the inability to get pregnant even after having unprotected intercourse for 12 months or more. As per the data, close to 50 million people worldwide experience infertility.
Contrary to popular belief, infertility is common in both men and women.
But, infertility has been a taboo since time immemorial which is directly proportionate to infertility being surrounded by multiple myths and misconceptions.
Let’s take a look at the top 7 myths and bust them.
MYTH: Fertility is a woman’s issue and age affects only woman’s fertility.
FACT: Contrary to popular belief, infertility affects both men and women equally, even though the reasons and symptoms for both may vary. The same way, age affects both genders alike, not just women alone.
A lot of credit for this misconception goes to the fact that we stay in a male dominated and patriarchal society.
MYTH: If you already have a child, infertility is not an issue.
FACT: Again, this is one of the biggest myths surrounding infertility. Many women suffer from something known as secondary infertility.
Secondary infertility is when a woman has conceived the first time but faces difficulty in doing so subsequently.
MYTH: Being on the birth control/oral contraceptive pill leads to infertility.
FACT: Long term use of the oral contraceptive pill has no adverse effect on fertility. Once a woman decides to stop taking them, it takes a while for her body’s natural hormones to take over but in no way does it cause/lead to infertility.
MYTH: Irregular menstrual cycle means infertility.
FACT: NO. That statement is absolutely incorrect. Irregular periods mean difficulty in predicting ovulation. It may lead to difficulty in conception and makes it hard to do so, but it does not mean a woman is infertility for sure.
MYTH: Infertility is hereditary.
FACT: No, infertility in itself is not hereditary but there are certain medical conditions that are hereditary and may affect the infertility in men and women, both, hence interfering with conception.
MYTH: Sperm function is better after a substantial period of abstinence.
FACT: Sperm motility is adversely affected if men abstain from intercourse or sexual activity for long periods of time. Abstinence of 3-4 days is appropriate time for good quality of sperm.
MYTH: Being only overweight affects infertility.
FACT: Being overweight or underweight, both, affect fertility and may lead to difficulty in getting pregnant. It is important to be fit, healthy and active.
Except for these 7 myths, there are several other that surround infertility. With the development of societies, it is time we accept and embrace issues like infertility, and work towards finding solutions for them.