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Common Myths about Fertility Treatments

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

The inability to conceive or carry a successful pregnancy can be an intensely personal and stressful life experience. Because there are so many myths and misinformation around fertility and its treatment, it becomes even more stressful for the couple actually having to deal with it. There are a number of significant factors that go into a successful pregnancy; hence it is vital that you have the correct information.



Here are some of the most common myths about fertility.

'Infertility is primarily a psychological problem'

If you have been having trouble conceiving over a long period of time, you will invariably have encountered friends or family members telling you to stop trying so hard and simply “relax.”

However, psychological problems are NOT a primary cause of infertility. Although stress and infertility can be connected, stress does not cause infertility or treatment failure.

You and your partner can definitely go for counselling to deal with stress and cope more effectively with the uncertainty of infertility. However, please keep in mind that counselling or stress reduction cannot be counted upon to increase your chances of pregnancy.

'Fertility issues are mainly the woman's problem!'

Earlier, it was a popular belief that infertility was mainly due to some problems with the woman. However, modern research supports the view that infertility can be as much due to the man as the woman.

According to medical reports, 35 percent of infertility can be attributed to the male, 35 percent to the female, 20 percent to both partners and 10 percent to unknown causes. Consequently, the latest infertility treatment focuses on the couple as a unit.

'Age doesn't affect fertility'

With the vast advancements in medical science, there is a common misconception that it is fine to delay having a baby.

However, the fact is that there are significant health risks to both the mother and the baby when the mother is of advanced reproductive age. Fertility begins to decline in a woman starting at 28-30 years of age. At 35, that decline accelerates, and after 40, it declines even more steeply.

So, if you and your partner are thinking of having a baby relatively later, it is important to discuss your prospects with your gynaecologist.

'Adoption can increase your chances of becoming pregnant'

We have all heard stories of numerous couples who were experiencing infertility issues, and became pregnant shortly after adopting. Adoption is a wonderful way to build a family, but it is definitely not a cure for fertility.

This myth is built largely on the assumption that adoption relieves the concern and stress that presumably were causing the infertility. However, statistics show that infertile couples who adopt are no more likely to become pregnant than couples who do not adopt. The reality is that only about 5% of couples who adopt become pregnant later.

'You don't have to worry about infertility if you already have a child'

You may feel that you don’t have infertility problems if you have already had a successful pregnancy. Unfortunately, previous pregnancy success isn’t a guarantee of future fertility success.

Statistics show that 25 to 30 percent of infertility happens after the first child. This means, even if a couple already has a child or children, they can still experience difficulty in getting pregnant later.

Our bodies change with time and age. Sometimes, a new underlying medical condition may develop, or a fertility condition that always existed gets exacerbated.

Even if you’ve gotten pregnant without trouble before, if you’re struggling to get conceive at present, do talk to your doctor. If there’s something wrong, timely intervention and the right guidance could work wonders.

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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