Sure, you’ve got the Birds and the Bees down pat, but trying-to-conceive isn’t black and white. There are countless fertility myths buzzing around that may be delaying that Big Fat Positive you’ve been waiting for.
Read on to learn why the fertility statements you’ve been telling yourself are totally false.
“I have until 40 to get pregnant.”
Perhaps your mom was a late bloomer and had you at 40, or you were just taught that 40 is the age a woman’s fertility officially begins to decline. While we are loving how women are chanting “40 is the new 20”, your fertility isn’t as adaptable.
The truth is, a woman’s biological clock begins to tick early. In her 20s, a woman has a 20% chance of conceiving per month; in her 30s, that chance goes down to 15%, and in her 40s, a woman has less than a 5% chance of conceiving per month.
In addition, a woman will ovulate 300-400 eggs in her lifetime before hitting menopause. A study published by the University of St. Andrews and Edinburgh University in Scotland found that: “Women have lost 90% of their eggs by the time they are 30 years old and only have about 3% remaining by the time they are 40”.
That said, it’s crucial to adopt a fertility-boosting diet, maintain a healthy weight, limit alcohol intake, and avoid smoking cigarettes to keep your eggs in tip top shape.
“I have a regular period cycle, getting pregnant will be a breeze!”
Despite your period coming like clockwork, there are still indicators that may prove your body isn’t ready to conceive. Naturopathic doctor Pamela Frank shares potential markers, which may indicate why a woman’s body isn’t ready to get pregnant: “If they’re very light, you might be lacking in estrogen,” says Pamela Frank, a naturopathic doctor based in Toronto. “If they’re very heavy, there might not be enough progesterone to balance out the estrogen”.
In addition, if you have intense PMS symptoms and painful cramps, you may be experiencing endometriosis, which may delay pregnancy. Lastly, just because you are menstruating does not mean you are ovulating. It’s essential to ensure you are receiving a consistent ovulation cycle each month with your doctor.
“My doctor gave me the green light to start TTC, we should have a baby in no time!”
A+ for consulting with your doctor before starting your trying-to-conceive journey! However, it takes two to tango, and your partner’s preconception health is equally as important. 40% of fertility issues are due to the male factor, so it’s vital to ensure you’re tending to your partner’s reproductive health.
We do recommend having your partner consult with his doctor for a sperm count and motility check and taking a prenatal vitamin to support his fertility. PregPrep’s Male FertilPrep contains a combination of well-studied vitamins, antioxidants and minerals including Vitamin C, Folate, Zinc, Selenium, and N-Acetyl Cysteine. These nutrients help support sperm three ways. They support sperm concentration (numbers), motility (ability to swim), and morphology (shape).
“The best way to improve my chances of pregnancy is by having sex on Day 14 (ovulation).”
Timing intercourse during your ovulation cycle is always great planning. However, we also advise having intercourse a couple of days prior to ovulation. Sperm may survive in a woman’s cervix for 72 hours and its best to have the descending egg meet the sperm. Try using PregPrep’s Ovulation Calendar to get an estimate of your most fertile days.
“My best friend did acupuncture and got pregnant in a month, it’s the cure!”
Holistic fertility methods are certainly trending, but not for the reasons you may think. While acupuncture is a great way to help prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy, it may not improve her chances of conception.
Acupuncture is very popular amongst the trying-to-conceive community because it is an excellent solution to managing stress. Excess stress increases levels of the hormone gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone GnIH. This hormone, like cortisol, suppresses GnRH (the body’s primary sex hormone), which can suppress ovulation and sex drive. In conclusion, we do recommend trying acupuncture to help balance stress, but please note that it is not the cure to fertility.