Myths and Misconceptions of Infertility

Myths and Misconceptions of Infertility

Infertility is when you do not conceive within one year or more of having regular unprotected sex. It affects about forty-eight million couples worldwide. Fort Worth infertility can affect any gender and may involve one partner or both. In women, infertility can be caused by ovulation disorders, structural problems of the reproductive system, medical issues, or egg immaturity. In men, infertility can result from sperm abnormalities, hormone issues, or reproductive system disorders. Studies show that most infertility cases are treatable and result in healthy babies. People associate infertility with many myths and misconceptions, and here are some.

Infertility is a woman’s fault

Research by the National Institute of Health shows that one-third of all infertility cases result from male reproductive problems, one-third of female reproductive issues, and one-third from both parties. Unknown factors contribute to the other percentage. Infertility can result from any gender, not just from females. Infertility in men can result from many factors, including sperm disorders, genetic defects, health conditions, or undescended testicles.

You are not infertile if you ejaculate

Most people assume sperm issues cannot cause infertility. Sometimes infertile men do not show symptoms. A man can ejaculate normally, but sperm may have disorders leading to the inability to fertilize an ovum. Low sperm count, poor sperm shape, and poor sperm mobility can lead to infertility. If you have high blood pressure, the condition sometimes leads to the deformation of your sperm. Some physically demanding jobs and medications can also cause a low sperm count.

There is no treatment for infertility

Most infertility cases are treatable. Common infertility treatments include medications, hormone therapy, surgical procedures, and assisted reproductive technology. Your doctor treats your infertility depending on the cause. Sometimes lifestyle changes can help prevent and treat infertility. Doctors may have challenges treating infertility cases with unknown causes. Only a few cases of infertility are not treatable.

Using birth control pills can lead to infertility

Some women blame infertility on the prolonged use of birth control pills. If your birth control pills regulate your hormones, your reproduction processes, like ovulation, might change. But this does not mean you are infertile. After you stop taking the tablets, your ovulation returns to normal within a few weeks or months. Most women conceive within a few months to a year after going off birth control pills. If you have issues conceiving after using contraception, consult your doctor for evaluation.

Women cannot conceive after the age of thirty-five

One of the most common myths about infertility is women cannot conceive after the age of thirty-five. The research used to support this myth has no proof. You can still get pregnant at the age of thirty-five. Research shows that women between thirty-five and thirty-nine get pregnant in the first year of trying. Infertility may not be directly associated with age but with other issues. Ensure you consult your doctor to diagnose the cause of your infertility for effective treatment.

Infertility is when you do not conceive within one year or more of having regular unprotected sex. People associate infertility with many myths and misconceptions, but most cases can be diagnosed and treated. Schedule an appointment at CARE Fertility for infertility treatment to fulfill your dreams of having kids. 

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