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Myth #1: Infertility is due to lack of sex. Having intercourse every day will definitely lead to pregnancy.

Fact

Undoubtedly, regular intercourse improves the likelihood of conception, especially during the woman’s ovulation period which usually occurs on Day 14 or 15 after the first day of her menstruation. Lack of intercourse will be considered a cause for a couple’s inability to conceive if it occurs less than once a week. Doctors often advise couples to have sex at least three times a week to ensure that they have covered the fertile/ovulation period to increase their chances of pregnancy.

Myth #2: Men can become infertile if they ejaculate all the time.

Fact

Frequency of ejaculation has no direct correlation to fertility. Man’s fertility is usually determined from the contents of the fluid ejaculated, which may include semen with low sperm count, poor quality sperm or in certain instances without any sperm, a condition also known as azoospermia. When a man already has a low sperm count, excessive masturbation MAY cause infertility due to a further reduction in the amount of sperms available. Masturbation, however, will not affect a man’s fertility when he has normal sperm count, as millions of sperm are produced daily from the testes and stored in the epididymis.

Myth #3: Pregnancy will not happen if sperm leaks out from the vagina after intercourse.

Fact

It is a normal occurrence and does not affect fertility and conception if there are sufficient healthy sperms that travel to the fallopian tubes and attaches to the female’s egg within 72 hours of sexual intercourse.

Myth #4: If a couple can conceive naturally during the first pregnancy, they do not have fertility problems.

Fact

Eggs and sperm quality can decrease with time and as the couple age. Other factors such as stress, lifestyle and weight gain can also affect a couple’s fertility chances. This is known as secondary infertility, where a couple faces difficulty conceiving after the first or second pregnancy.

Myth #5: Lubricants are safe for conception.

Fact

Research shows that certain lubricants can kill up to 60% of sperms. If you use lubricants, check with your doctor which lubricants are sperm-friendly.

Myth #6: Most of the time, infertility problems stem from the woman.

Fact

Fertility problems can be caused by the male partner, female partner, both partners or unknown reasons.

 

Myth #7: Young couples will not have fertility problems.

Fact

Whilst infertility increases with age due to the increase in problems such as aneuploidy (chromosomal abnormalities), infertility can occur in younger couples too. Problems like fallopian tube blockage or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are common conditions that can affect women at any age.

Myth #8: Fertility problems run in the family.

Fact

Fertility problems can have various causes and heredity is just one of them. It is advisable to seek medical advice and get a fertility screening to determine the problem instead of assuming it is a heredity problem.

Myth #9: Infertility is due to stress. Pregnancy will happen naturally when couples learn to relax.

Fact

Stress is not a direct cause of infertility, but it can cause other problems that result in infertility such as hormonal problems and abnormal sperm count. Although stress relief techniques will help your overall health, not just increase chances of fertility, it helps to get a proper diagnosis through the necessary medical screenings instead of seeking help from a psychologist if you have trouble conceiving.