Dispelling common fertility myths

By: Health Local Staff Jul 08, 2013
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fertility myths

We've exposed what's true and what's not when it comes to fertility.

Many Canadian women suffer from the belief that they are destined to be infertile, especially if conception is not achieved within the first few months of trying. But according to the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, infertility is rare and myths are common.

Fertility specialists indicate that there is certainly a prime window for women to get pregnant. This optimum window is between the ages of 20 and 35. However, more and more women are getting pregnant later in life. If the woman is healthy, doctors say there is no reason why they should not achieve pregnancy goals.

Even if problems arise and infertility is the issue preventing pregnancy, experts in the field are available and extremely helpful in finding ways for women to achieve results. It is important for misconceptions to be kicked aside.

Here are some of the most common fertility myths to be exposed:

Weight won’t impact my ability to get pregnant

Women of all shapes and sizes achieve pregnancy. However, being overweight does affect fertility. According to statistics, about 12 percent of infertility cases are due to the patient being overweight. Healthy bodies achieve pregnancy much easier.

The same is true of excessively underweight individuals. Tipping the scale on the lower end can have the same impact on fertility. It is important to maintain a healthy weight in order to put you at the most optimum ovulation level.

Certain foods will help me get pregnant quicker

While food experts and nutritionists are revealing more and more information on the impact of certain foods, there is no hidden secret or magic food that improves fertility. If you are buying special teas and herbs, you may be throwing your money down the drain.

Focus on eating a healthy and balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Reduce the number of fats and sugary sweets you consume and eat quality levels of protein. Don’t overindulge on fatty foods, limit rich dairy products and take your prenatal vitamin on a regular basis. Women can greatly reduce birth defects and other problems if they take a prenatal multivitamin before and during pregnancy. 

If I exercise profusely I will achieve pregnancy easier

It is unfortunate, but our society equates being fit with being fertile. This is not always the case. Mount Sinai and the Mayo Clinic both published information about the impact of too much exercise. One of the most prominent impacts was its affect on fertility.

Excessive exercise actually disrupts a woman’s hormone level and impacts ovulation. The production of progesterone is decreased and ovulation is hindered. The end result is the impeding of fertility. If you want to improve your fertility, take it easy in the gym and perform all exercise in a healthy and balanced way.

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