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Debunking Infertility Myths- Ten Things You Need to Stop Believing about It

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Over forty million couples in the world fight against Infertility. The inability to conceive a child, to bring a new life into the world, to add a new name to the family against the medical impossibility of the same is a battle millions of people fight every day.


In between the science behind infertility and the experiences of individuals, there is a bubble that is full of half-truths and plain conjectures. These are carved so delicately as to leave no room for doubt. However, they are misdirecting and need to be debunked.

Take a look at ten very common myths surrounding infertility.

1. Infertility Is Rare- We Are Just Unlucky

One out of every six couples faces this issue. However, it is a sensitive matter that carries many misconceptions and a lot of embarrassment. Couples, especially in the middle to lower income countries, hide the issue for fear of social disgrace, lack of awareness, or something along those lines.

Infertility is a real problem that impacts people all over the globe. It is neither rare nor untreatable.

2. Try for a Year before Seeking Medical Attention

If a couple follows unprotected intercourse for a year and faces no results, infertility should be declared by the book. And this is correct for many couples. However, with age, criteria changes.

For a woman older than 35, or one who has a history including pelvic adhesive disease, endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy, irregular periods, and recurrent miscarriages, waiting for twelve months is not a good course. Such women should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

3. Infertility Diagnosis Are Slow and Expensive

Typical cases only require tests that evaluate uterine status, tubal status, and ovulatory status in women and analyse semen in men. On an average, these tests need a month at most and are not very costly.

4. Men Are Not/Minimally Responsible for Infertility

Male infertility is not rare. In fact, it is a factor in half of the infertility cases of all times. For both prompt diagnosis and proper therapy, it is always better to evaluate the male partner at an early stage of the treatment.

5. Treating All Infertility Problems Costs a Fortune

Couples could have one or more among a range of reasons for being unable to conceive. Depending on their medical history, diagnosis, and expected end results, the course of treatment varies and so does the cost of it.

While most of the initial treatments are inexpensive, proactive handling of the condition could be costly depending on the clinic and the diagnosis.

6. The Patients Visit the Doctor Regularly for the Treatment

Clearly, if there is a condition that requires medical attention, going to the doctor is a given. However, infertility treatments, just like others, have a schedule made up of mostly short visits. There is no factor in play here that might affect the regularity of a couple’s life.

7. Infertility Treatments End in Triplets or Quadruplets- We Want Just One

With a certified clinic that has a history of successful procedures, the chances of multiple high order pregnancy are usually little. It’s a good idea to investigate the treatment philosophy of the clinic in question and also to find out about the occurrences of singleton and high order pregnancies.

8. Gettings Appointments Takes Months for an Initial Consultation

While it could differ per clinic, it is never the case in general. Delays are caused by factors like late receipt of medical records. For a rapid scheduling, a couple needs to be prepared with all the information they could be asked for along with all answers.

9. Female Age Used to Be a Factor in Infertility- Now Women over 40 Have Babies

Are aged women having successful pregnancies and giving birth to healthy babies? Yes, they are. Is the age of women no longer a crucial factor in their pregnancy? No, it still is.

After 34, the chances of natural conceiving starts declining. After 40, they become less frequent. After 42, they start becoming rare. After a particular age limit, medical assistance can help in achieving a successful pregnancy and childbirth; however, natural conception either declines or ceases entirely or poses severe complications.

10. Men with Nil Sperm Count & Women with No Uterus or Ovaries Will Never Become Parents

Azoospermia is a condition where the semen lacks motile, viable sperms. It could be a result of several causes, both obstructive and nonobstructive kind. If the sperm is present in the testicles but not in the semen, IVF can treat this condition. Another method called Therapeutic Donor Insemination could also work.

Women could make use of donor oocytes(a cell which could develop into an egg.) For an absent uterus, gestational carriers can be employed.


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