Common fertility myths

Common fertility myths

Having your very own little bundle of joy may not be as simple as the birds and the bees, but rumors make it that much more complicated.

"Everybody knows someone," remarked Dr. Eddye Blossom, gynecologist at Women's and Children's Hospital in Lake Charles.

He hears misconceptions all the time because afterall infertility "is a very delicate subject."

One is the biggest myths: you can control your fertility.

"Fertility is finite," explained Dr. Blossom.  Each woman is born with only a set number of eggs that dwindles down over time.

"250 thousand [eggs] at the time of puberty, so from there until menopause that number keeps decreasing," continued Dr. Blossom.

As the clock ticks on those eggs, some women see 30 as the magic number, but turns out 40 is the new 30.

"Some people turn 40 years old and say ok I just won't have any more kids as if their body just turned off," said Dr. Blossom.

He says after 40 you can still possibly conceive, but your chances do go down significantly.

Another big myth: infertility is my problem.

"Women look at themselves and think 'oh I cant get pregnant. It's all my fault,'" said Dr. Blossom.

He suggested looking at to your partner first before taking all the blame

"Up to 35% of infertility can be only because of male," explained Dr. Blossom.

He recommends, if you're under 35, trying to conceive naturally for a year before looking for other methods.

Many myths surround in vitro fertilization, but Dr. Blossom gets this one often: "I don't want to be like Ottoman!"

Dr. Blossom said some women are scared of in vitro because of the risk for multiple babies.

"Only 2 percent of in vitro fertilization babies are triplets or more. It is very hard to do," explained Dr. Blossom.

He also said other treatments exist and in vitro may be a last resort for some.

Another myth: just relax and you'll become pregnant.

"Word got out that all I have to do is relax and I'll have a baby," said Dr. Blossom.

He says de-stressing your life is not a bad idea, but relaxation may not be your only problem.

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