Not only is it important to talk with a medical professional to determine which infertility treatments will be the best option for you --it's also important to realize that some of the "facts" you've heard about fertility aren't actually facts at all! With that in mind, let's take a quick look at some of the most common misconceptions about infertility:
- Myth: Women suffer from infertility more often than men.
While it's estimated that around 12% of all American women struggle to conceive, they aren't always the ones who are infertile! Men can be affected by infertility too -- in fact, they're just as susceptible to infertility as women are. Luckily, there are many infertility treatments that address male fertility.
- Women can get pregnant until they stop ovulating during menopause.
It's important to understand that fertility isn't something that remains constant and then just drops off suddenly. Women are most fertile between the ages of 20 and 24, and by age 30, most women begin to experience a decrease in fertility.
- Couples trying to conceive should try for a year before seeking help.
There are no reasons why you and your spouse should hold off seeking a professional opinion; in fact, doesn't it make sense that you're more likely to have success conceiving with medical assistance when you're younger? It's not "normal" for couples to conceive right when they start trying, but there's no reason to hold off going to a fertility clinic if you've been trying to conceive for a few months and you suspect something is up.
So now we want to hear from you -- what's the craziest "fact" about pregnancy and fertility that you've ever heard?