You may have gotten the impression from myths or in your school’s sex education class that getting pregnant is really easy. One time in bed and that’s it, you will be expecting! The truth is that few couples get pregnant the first month they try. It is actually completely normal to take up to six months to a year to get pregnant.
Some people want to be pregnant so badly that they’ll do anything to achieve it, whether it’s listening to old wives’ tales about what to eat to ensure certain sex or Googling their questions for hours on end to get answers.
However, there are still many myths about getting pregnant that might lead us ladies in the wrong direction of this journey. It is important to find and apply the RIGHT answers. Here are some myths vs facts about getting pregnant.
Myths About Getting Pregnant
- Birth control pills can either protect or harm fertility.
Women who have used hormonal birth control are just as likely to conceive as women who have never used hormonal contraceptives. There is no impact on future fertility with other forms of hormonal contraceptives. Whether you choose a vaginal ring, patch, intrauterine device (IUD), implant, injection, or birth control pills, your ability to get pregnant later in life should not be affected by these methods.
- Having sex daily is the best way to get pregnant.
The ‘fertile window’ is the days in a woman’s menstrual cycle when pregnancy is possible. The ‘fertile window’ depends on the length of the menstrual cycle, which varies among women. Ladies are more likely to conceive during ovulation (the day an egg is released from the ovary) and five days beforehand. Having sex during this time gives you the best chance of getting pregnant.
- Having a regular menstrual cycle means I ovulate regularly.
Having a regular cycle does not imply there may be no ovulatory problems. A woman may continue to have her menses even if ovulation has not occurred. Likewise, ovulation can also occur even if a menstrual period has not occurred.
- An inability to conceive is always the women’s problem.
Infertility is not solely a women’s problem. Both women and men can have problems that cause infertility. One-third of cases are due to female infertility, while another one-third are due to male infertility causes. A further 20% are due to both female and male infertility while the last 10% of cases are unexplained.
40 Is the New 30, Even for Getting Pregnant.
Unfortunately, no matter how good you look, and how healthy you are, your fertility declines with age. Your odds of getting pregnant at 40 are not as good as they are at 30. In fact, female fertility begins a steep downward path around age 35. This is why women over age 35 should seek help for getting pregnant sooner than younger women. If you’re younger than 35, you should try to get pregnant for a year before you talk to a doctor. If you’re 35 or older, you should seek help after six months.
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