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Debunking 7 Myths around Infertility

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

Regarding fertility, we get to hear many statements from friends, family and other sources. Many of them are baseless and add to confusion. It is very important to know what those myths are and the corresponding facts.  Once you are clear about fertility and its related concepts, the information will be very useful when you plan to have a baby.



So what are the fertility myths that have to be forgotten? What are the facts? Lets explore them.

1. Male fertility is infinite

Both male and female fertility declines with age. Male fertility declines when they're 40 years and above while female fertility declines when they're 30 years and above.

2. Long term use of birth control pill delays pregnancy

Once birth control pills are stopped, the female ovulation cycle comes back to normalcy. When she wants to conceive, she just needs to stop taking the pill.

3. Smoking does not hinder fertility

Smoking few cigarettes a day can considerably lower the fertility rates in both sexes. Conceiving becomes difficult. Also, smoking damages the genetic material in sperm and eggs.

4. Coffee intake does not affect fertility

Consuming more coffee delays pregnancy. It is better to limit coffee intake to 2 cups a day if trying to conceive.

5. Fertility is a woman’s issue

Infertility affects men and women equally. Signs of male infertility also exists, like testicle pain, ejaculation problems, etc.

6. Trying harder to get pregnant works

Couples should not feel they are not trying enough to get pregnant. There can an underlying medical condition which needs attention and treatment.

7.  Overall health has nothing to do with fertility

Both male and female fertility is largely influenced by their overall health, both physical and mental well being. Even before trying to conceive, it is important to be in the best shape of your health. This aids in conception and handle early pregnancy symptoms better.

These baseless myths should be written off. When believed, it adds to confusion, thereby complicating the mindset of couples trying to conceive and adds to unnecessary stress in their relationship. On the contrary, consulting a doctor and discussing fertility related issues is the right call to be made at the right time.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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