10 Fertility Myths Debunked
There’s a whole lot of crazy talk floating around when it comes to trying to conceive. We’re here to put the myths about getting pregnant to rest and give you the down low on what you can do to boost your chances of getting pregnant.
1. Missionary is the best position for TTC.
This is a myth about conception - there is actually no best position for getting pregnant.
2. Put your legs up after sex to increase your chances.
There is no scientific evidence that lying down with your legs up increases your chances.
3. You shouldn’t go to the bathroom after sex.
Nope, please do! Because also, hello UTI!
4. Put in a menstrual cup to keep sperm inside the vagina.
There’s no science behind this one either, but we appreciate the creativity! The higher pH of semen is a recipe for bacterial vaginosis.
5. Men should avoid ejaculating to increase their sperm count.
This will actually just increase the number of dead sperm cells in semen. It’s recommended to have sex every two days to TTC if you’re concerned about sperm count.
6. Most cases of infertility stems from the woman.
Nope! ⅓ of infertility is female, ⅓ is male, and ⅓ is both partners combined.
7. You should begin a prenatal vitamin once you are pregnant.
What a missed opportunity that would be! A prenatal vitamin can help improve your egg quality, as well as assure the nutrients crucial to early fetal development before your pregnancy can even be detected. We recommend taking it (along with Fertility Support for Her) at least 3 months prior to TTC.
8. Men don’t have a biological clock.
But they do! Sperm count and quality declines with age, but it is later for men (usually in their 50s).
9. Birth control does not affect fertility.
Birth control has many effects on the body, which we talk about in detail here, including delayed or suppressed fertility. That’s why we created Balance.
10. If you get your period regularly every month, it means you’re fertile.
Unfortunately, a regular cycle does not necessarily mean that you are ovulating, but you can get an idea with some ovulation test strips or a basal body thermometer. Having a regular cycle also doesn’t account for low egg count or quality, so it’s really not an indicator of fertility at all.
Want to know what’s not a myth at all? We think you’re awesome. Wishing you the best of baby-making luck!