Dr. Sonya Jessup from Demeter Fertility took a look at the most famous fertility misconceptions to clarify fact from fiction
1) “Once I turn 40+ my fertility falls back”
FACT – Age is a standout amongst the most imperative variables when conceiving and women are less likely to conceive in their 40s since they don’t ovulate with the same power to make babies as women can do in their 20s. In fact, women aged 40-45 can produce one egg a year with the capability to become a baby. Getting pregnant when you are still in your 30s is simpler both normally and gives you a far greater success rate with IVF cycles, so start earlier.
2) “It’s important for men and women to take supplements to increase the chances of getting pregnant”
FACT – Usually, women have taken supplements to boost their fertility, but it’s important for men also.
3) “My weight isn’t a central point in falling pregnant”
FICTION – It’s imperative to keep up a solid BMI (18.5 to 25) in order to conceive a baby. Being under or overweight not exclusively can make you not ovulate consistently, but rather decreases the chance of any given embryo implanting. Overweight men have low sperm in general, so start eating healthy!
4) “Too much exercise can ruin the odds of conception”
FACT – While moderate physical activity can expand the capacity to conceive, excessive exercise can negatively alter energy balance in the body, and affect your reproductive system.
5) “Certain food won’t help me in my goal to conceive a baby”
FICTION – We’ve heard from a considerable length of time that eating a balanced diet is important, however there are two compounds in certain foods that are basic to expand wellbeing at all life stages. These compounds are called: polyamides and isoflavones. Polyamines are essential for fetal development and improvement, also cell multiplication and you can find it in grapefruit juice, squeezed orange, sauerkraut and oranges. Isoflavens are effective cell reinforcements found in soy items. In fact, recent studies demonstrate that eating more than 20-40mg of soy daily, multiplied pregnancy rates. I suggest eating 200g of tofu, some cooked soybeans, 56g of soy flour and drinking three cups of soy milk.
6) “Vitamin B may help avoid miscarriages”
FACT – Another study from Sidney has proposed that it is important to take vitamin B3 during pregnancy. Fortunately vitamin B3 (Niacin) is now in the regular pre pregnancy multivitamins. “I suggest patients take no less than a pre-pregnancy supplement or a vitamin B supplement an also their folic corrosive.”
7) “Having sex on the day of ovulation increases the chances of conception”
FICTION – Studies demonstrate that having intercourse on the day before you ovulate gives you the greatest chance of conceiving. The second highest chance is two days before you ovulate and having sex on the same day of ovulation comes in third place. The reason is because the sperm is still able to fertilize an egg for 72 hours inside the female body. However, the egg only has a window of fertilization of 12 hours and after that time, conception will not happen. “I encourage patients to have intercourse at least on the day or two before the woman is due to ovulate. Likewise have sex at other times just for fun, don’t force the conception.”
8) “Coital position doesn’t influence the chance of conception”
FACT – Despite the position taken, enough sperm are deposited in the of the womb and are able to start their journey towards the egg.
9) “Potency is enhanced by “saving up” semen through infrequent intercourse”
FICTION – Avoiding sex with a specific end goal to gather sperm so more are during sex will not increase your chances of achieving conception. Actually, the stored, seasoned sperm might be of second rate quality and ever hinder the newly produced, healthier sperm from reaching the egg.
10) “Lubricant makes it easier for sperm to slip, slide and get inside”
FICTION – Most lubricants change the pH or acid balance inside the vagina and that may influence sperm motility and at last avert, or reduce the odds of pregnancy happening. Using natural vegetable items like olive oil, is more averse to cause any difficulty to sperm.
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