Women hear all kinds of myths, misconceptions, and falsehoods about their fertility. It’s okay to joke about these myths, but heeding them can be anything from a waste of time to harmful. Make yourself aware of ten of the most common female fertility myths out there.
- Missionary or bust. For people who don’t understand the mechanics of conceiving, this myth about sexual position might hold some sway, but in reality, deep penetration and ejaculation will get a woman pregnant in any sexual position.
- Lifting the legs. Like with the myth about sexual positions, there’s no truth to the myth that keeping your legs up for several minutes after sex will help the sperm find and fertilize any of your eggs.
- Female orgasm is a requirement. While it’s true that a female orgasm will assist in conceiving by contracting the uterus, sperm can find their destination even if the female doesn’t orgasm.
- Good health conquers age. Unfortunately for older women, no amount of good diet or exercise will counteract the natural aging of their eggs. The quality of eggs starts to drop off significantly after 35, regardless of a woman’s overall health.
- Birth control pill delays. One myth suggests that after being on birth control pills, it will delay your ability to get pregnant. Fortunately, most users who go off the pill find that things revert to normal shortly, and of the women who want to get pregnant within the first year after stopping the pill, 4/5 of them do.
- It’s her fault. For some reason, there’s an assumption that if a couple can’t get pregnant, the woman partner is usually to blame. In fact, the rate of infertility is actually about the same for both men and women.
- Daily sex helps conceive faster. Frequent sex generally doesn’t hurt your chances of conceiving, but it doesn’t really help much either. Timing prior to and on the day of ovulation is more important, and even then, every other day is nearly as successful as every day.
- Conception happens immediately. Many people don’t realize that sperm can live in a woman’s reproductive tract for days after intercourse. That means fertilization could occur during ovulation, even if the woman had sex a few days earlier.
- Stress causes infertility. It just so happens that the physical act of copulation is unaffected by everyday stress levels. It’s a bit different if the woman has such extreme stress that it’s interfering with daily life, but typical work and home stress won’t hurt your chances of conceiving.
- Conception gets easier. After getting pregnant once, there isn’t a guarantee that it will be any easier with subsequent attempts. In some unfortunate cases, it can actually cause infertility in mothers trying for second children.
These are just some of the common myths propagated about women’s fertility. You now have some more knowledge to wield against anyone who tries to convince you of things that aren’t true. For reliable and accurate information, it’s wisest to look to medical professionals who will work with you every step of the way.