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8 Myths Debunked About Trying to Get Pregnant

July 18, 2017
Katie Visco

There are many myths out there circling pregnancy - how to get pregnant, why you're not getting pregnant, and even the best time of day to try to get pregnant. I'm challenging these myths and proving why many of them you just shouldn't listen to. 

1. Your fertility dwindles in your thirties 

 Obviously your fertility decreases as our age increases, but does it fall off the deep end? Unfortunately, women in their late thirties have a decreases in anti-mullerian hormone which is an indicator of your egg reserve in your ovaries. However, this isn't true for every woman! It really depends on each individual woman and their bodies, not their age. While you should be prepared in your thirties to possibly seek medical assistance, don't assume you're automatically going to have trouble due to your age. 

2. Regular exercise reduces fertility 

 False. In fact, exercise is advised for women trying to have a baby, as long as it's not too intense. Being underweight and overweight can cause difficulties when trying to get pregnant. Therefore, a healthy level of exercise can play a huge role here. 

3. Your diet has nothing to do with fertility.

A few ways to boost your chances of conceiving is to include complex carbohydrates and a varied diet of Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants to improve your health. Your diet contributes to producing high quality sperm and eggs. 4. Try for a year before seeking help

Many people think that if both partners have no health issues, they should continue trying for a whole year before going to a doctor for medical help. This doesn't apply to everyone. For instance, those over 36 should see a doctor after 6 months. 

 5. You don't have to think about fertility until you want a child 

 Sure, it's not something you think about until the time comes, but it's something you need to assess and prepare for by the time you're thirty if you know you want a child in the future. Why wait for a problem to arise? 6. Ovulation tests are always correct

Women often turn to ovulation kits since it can be difficult to time when a woman is ovulating. Doing so gives a lot of false hope that can result in even more stress for the couple. Sperm lasts in a woman's body for two days so by trying on days 12, 14 and 16 you're bound to hit ovulation. 

7. Alternative medicine will help with IVF

You should never mix medicines or therapies with the actual treatment. During the process of IVF, your doctor will want to control and mimic your natural fertility without any additional herbal medicines that they may not know about.

8. Counseling isn't important 

 It's crucial for couples to learn how to manage stress during the struggle to conceive. Counseling will give couples the tools for the emotional rollercoaster ride and answers to how a couple may tell their child in the future.

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