Common Infertility Myths, Debunked

Infertility is a common concern affecting 1 in 6 couples. Unfortunately, it’s often shrouded in myths that can add unnecessary stress and confusion. Here we debunk some of the most common misconceptions about infertility, empowering you with the facts and resources you need to move forward on your path to parenthood.

Myth #1: Infertility only affects women.

Fact: It’s often thought that infertility is a “woman’s problem,” but the truth is both men and women can experience fertility issues. In fact, one-third of infertility cases are due to male factor infertility.

For couples who have received a diagnosis of male factor infertility, there are still options to conceive. In some cases, lifestyle may play a role in the diagnosis, so it’s recommended to avoid smoking, limit alcohol, and eat a healthy diet. Overall, it’s important to understand the root cause in order to find the proper treatment. A meeting with a urologist can help identify the cause and determine the proper treatment, which may include medication or surgery.

Myth #2: Birth control can cause infertility.

Fact: Science supports that being on birth control long-term DOES NOT cause infertility or compromise fertility.

Many women wonder how long it will take to ovulate and return to normal menstrual cycles once going off birth control. With most forms of birth control, you can expect your normal ovulation patterns to return within a month to a few months. Certain forms of birth control such as the injection Depo-Provera may take longer to leave your system once you stop. However, this does not mean that it will have a long-term effect on your fertility.

A discussion with your Axia Women’s Health provider can always help you to understand what’s normal and what’s not when starting or stopping birth control.

Myth #3: Infertility only affects women over age 35.

Fact: While age does play a role in fertility, couples of all ages can experience infertility. Infertility can be due to many factors beyond age, including underlying medical conditions.

If you are over 35 and planning for pregnancy, it’s important to engage with healthcare providers early on before trying to conceive. During a consultation, your provider will review existing medical conditions, current medications, and individual risk factors, to help you craft a plan for a healthy pregnancy.

Myth #4: The only treatment for infertility is IVF.

Fact: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a well-known option, but it’s not the only one. There’s a spectrum of treatments available, from medications to surgery, or even surrogacy, depending on the specific cause of infertility and your preferences. It’s important to work with a fertility specialist who can help tailor a plan to meet your specific needs.

Myth #5: Couples should try to conceive for a year before seeing a doctor.

Couples often try to conceive for years before seeking help. But, current recommendations state you may be able to seek help sooner than you think. Guidelines suggest that couples under the age of 35 who have been unsuccessfully trying for one year should meet with a fertility specialist, and couples over 35 can seek help after just six months.

Axia Women’s Health and our fertility partners – South Jersey Fertility Center, Fertility Institute of New Jersey and New York, and Midwest Fertility Specialists – are dedicated to helping couples achieve their dream of parenthood. Learn more about our offerings here.

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