With so much hearsay bandied about, it’s sometimes difficult to separate fact from fiction in the world of fertility and infertility. And that’s why it’s important to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible.
Myth #1: Infertility is a psychological problem.
It would be reassuring if infertility were merely a psychological issue, rather than a physical one. But, the fact is that infertility is condition of the reproductive system – and not a psychological disorder.
One or more physical causes are identified in the majority of infertile couples. So while relaxation and reducing stress will certainly boost your overall well-being, these lifestyle changes alone won’t be sufficient to solve any infertility problems.
Myth 2: Most women find it easy to get pregnant
While many woman conceive without difficulty, studies have shown that almost 25% of Irish couples encounter some difficulty on their fertility journey. Infertility can affect women and men, regardless of their age or background.
Myth 3: Couples who try hard enough will eventually get pregnant
While new methods of treating infertility have come on leaps and bounds — according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), more than half of all couples who pursue treatment will achieve a successful pregnancy — it’s important to bear in mind that infertility is a medical condition that can at times remain untreatable, regardless of how hard a couple tries to get pregnant.
Myth 4: Age doesn’t affect male fertility
While women’s age is very important for fertility and is talked about the most, unfortunately men’s age also matters as the quality of men’s sperm does decreases with age.
The average time to pregnancy if a man is under 25 is just over four and a half months, but almost two years if a man is over 40. There is a five-fold increase in the time it takes to get pregnant if the man is over 45.
Myth 5: Infertile couples will never be fulfilled
While it’s normal for infertile couples to experience the gamut of emotions, ranging from sadness and anger to grief, despair and possible failure, it’s reassuring to know that most couples are able to ‘move on’, relinquishing their initial dreams of becoming parents. There IS life after infertility
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