Are you and your partner trying to make a baby? You both may have heard about a lot of crazy advice from your friends and relatives on how to increase fertility and make sure you conceive, or about how to know whether or not both of you are fertile. Some of what you’ve been told may be the scientific truth, but we guarantee that a lot of it is superstition and myth. We’re going to debunk 7 of the most common fertility myths...
1. Legs up!
Many people say that you should keep your legs elevated for 20-30 minutes after having sex and this will increase your chances of conception. The reason behind it is that it helps the sperm reach the egg with the help of gravity. Scientifically, every drop of semen is filled with enough sperm. The sperm doesn’t need the help of gravity to reach its destination as it has been biologically programmed to do this. So, while it won’t harm you to keep your legs elevated, it won’t particularly help either.
2. Adoption option
A lot of women have claimed that they’ve conceived a child after adopting. However, many women have adopted a child and remained unable to conceive a child of their own. So, it’s safe to say that it was just a coincidence for most of the women who said they conceived after adoption. There is no scientific relation between adoption and fertility.
3. Woman problem
A common belief is that fertility is a woman’s problem and that there is some problem in the women due to which conception does not occur. However, men as are likely to be infertile as women. A woman may be extremely fertile, but it is possible that there are a lot of factors affecting the man that lead to poor sperm health. Both partners should work together to improve their health, whether it be through their diet or exercise pattern.
4. More sex = Higher chances
Having sex every day will not increase fertility or the chances of conceiving. A woman’s period of fertility lasts for a few days every month and sperm can only survive for a few days inside the fallopian tube. Therefore, having sex every day makes no difference to conception and fertility.
5. Cough syrup
Another common belief is that the substance guaifenesin, which most cough syrups contain, can increase fertility and the chances of conception by helping sperm reach the egg quicker. The logic behind it is that the substance thins out the cervical mucus, making it easier for the sperm to reach the egg. However, no study has supported this claim.
6. Second time’s the charm
It would be natural to assume that once you’ve conceived a child, your fertility has probably increased or gotten better and, therefore, it will be easier to conceive a second child. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In many cases, people have found it harder to conceive the second time. There are also a few people who claim to have found it easier to conceive the second time. However, there is no scientific basis for this claim.
The body works in mysterious ways, so there’s no way of being 100% sure about anything. The best thing to do is consult your doctor and maintain a healthy diet. A healthy body mass is also important as studies have shown that overweight people have found it easier to conceive after losing some weight. Also, track your menstrual cycle to make sure that you’re trying during the fertile period. What is most important is to keep yourself healthy and seek out treatment if you are finding it hard to conceive.