Prime 6 fertility superstitions
Starting a family is not always as easy as it seems. While movies and health classes made it seem like you're likely to get pregnant every time you have sex – that's usually not the case. The journey of getting pregnant can be accompanied by heartache, excitement, insecurity, frustration, feelings of guilt, and much more.
Part of the process that can lead to confusion is the lack of clear information. It can be difficult to see what is true and what is not when navigating the conception. Much of the information that is disseminated is based on superstition. We're here to set the record right and clear up some of those misnomeres.
Here are seven of the best fertility superstitions …
Can I get pregnant if I take the pill?
Because hormonal birth control pills (HBC) are so widely prescribed among teenagers, many people have been taking the pill for years and may not have stopped taking it until they decided to try to get pregnant.
The pill suppresses the body's ability to ovulate. If you do so, it may take some time to get back into the rhythm of your natural cycle. While it might only take a few short weeks, most Experts | say it will regulate within three months.
Pregnancy can take time. If you've been treated with HBC for a while, you may not be familiar with your normal ovulation pattern and timing. Do not lose hope! One study found that 80% of women successfully conceived within a year of stopping the pill.
Can an STI affect my ability to get pregnant?
Yes and no.
The World health organization It is estimated that more than a million new STI infections are acquired worldwide every day. STIs are and are a normal part of a sexually active being nothing to be ashamed of.
The most common sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomoniasis are easy to treat if detected early. If left untreated, they could potentially cause difficulties conceiving in the long term or affect the outcomes of labor.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most common preventable causes of infertility. They can easily be treated with antibiotics, but many people go undiagnosed because they are often asymptomatic.
Here's your reminder to get tested when it's been a while!
Can an abortion affect my ability to get pregnant in the future?
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ACOG, claims that abortions in general do not affect a person's ability to become pregnant in the future.
While it is incredibly rare, there is little risk of damage to the surrounding reproductive organs during surgical abortion. Other possible complications can arise Infections after the abortion. If left untreated, it could potentially lead to this Pelvic inflammatory disease, PGD, which can affect the reproductive organs and lead to infertility.
Infertility is a constant condition
For the most part, fertility is more of a spectrum from being less fertile and more fertile than someone who is completely sterile. Age comes into play, of course, where someone can be viewed as “no longer fertile”.
A person's menstrual cycle is often viewed as a mirror of their vitality. When a person's health is compromised, it can affect their ability to conceive. For some people, making certain lifestyle changes is enough to get pregnant after a period of infertility.
I am too old to get pregnant
This is a tough question. As mentioned earlier, there is usually a point on a menstruating person's reproductive journey at which they are “no longer fertile”. Unfortunately, there is no way of predicting exactly when this will be.
With so many people waiting longer and longer for babies, this is becoming more common. For the average menstruating person, Fertility decreases after the age of 35 risk The number of miscarriages also increases with age, which makes conception even more difficult. Many people in this position turn to ice-stimulating medication or IVF (in vitro fertilization).
While age can definitely affect a person's ability to conceive and terminate a pregnancy, it's helpful to remember that people do this all the time. There are so many positive examples of women in their late 30s, 40s, and even later having babies.
IVF is my only option
Science offers so many incredible advances that help expand opportunities for people during their reproductive years. For some people, IVF is a life changing last resort, but not always the only option.
Many people find success by using natural remedies or turning to holistic health care providers.
acupuncture can help relieve stress, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, and improve a person's overall health – which can be helpful when it comes to getting pregnant. Some providers even specialize in women's health and fertility problems. It can be used in conjunction with herbal remedies and dietary changes.
Some people also turn to Naturopathic Doctorswho use a variety of treatments to support their clients' fertility. Treatment plans can include diet changes, herbal support, nutritional supplements, emotional and psychological support
Daily changes like eating a nutritious diet, getting enough sleep and exercise, limiting screen time, and reducing stress can all help increase the chances of conceiving. This, of course, is easier said than done and can be minimizing or harmful to someone who has had difficulty conceiving for some time.
If you are having trouble conceiving, you are not alone. We understand how difficult this journey can be and we hope you have access to the resources you deserve to aid you on your journey.
Natasha's passion for reproductive health began at the age of fourteen when she was present at the birth of her youngest sister. Her incredible experiences as a birthing doula gave her insights into the magical realm of childbirth, pregnancy and everything in between. Your role as an obstetrician is her way of serving as an activist. She uses writing as an important educational tool to bring about changes in our view of reproductive health as a whole.