Fertility Myths…Debunked or Proven!!
Getting pregnant is not always a walk in the park and it gets very complex when you think about the hormones, ovulation predictions and intercourse timings. To add insult to injury, there is a lot of misinformation out there, and many pregnancy myths. We need to cut to the chase and distinguish between fact and fiction. Here are some of the most popular myths about fertility going round. Lets go through them and see which are true and which ones are time wasters when trying to conceive.
Proven – Boxers are more efficient than briefs when trying to get pregnant. This has proven to be true, however not true enough to make such a difference. Sperm should not overheat, so the best conception-friendly climate control is to wear boxers and avoid hot water.
Proven – Sperm production can be affected by laptops. Heat is not particularly male-fertility friendly, so when you use a laptop on your thighs, you are not doing yourself any favours in the pregnancy department. A laptop should be treated like a desktop computer, and moreover the same can be said for mobile phones, meaning that they should not be kept in pockets close to the reproductive system.
Proven – Home Pregnancy Tests should be taken in the morning. The best time to take a home pregnancy test is first thing in the morning. This is because the morning pee would be the most concentrated and early levels of pregnancy hormone are more likely to show up in it.
Marginally Proven – The longer it takes a couple to get pregnant, the greater the possibility of having a boy. This is because the longer a woman takes to conceive, the thicker the cervical mucus. It turns out that male sperm swim quicker in thicker mucus.
Debunked, Mostly – Position is key. This is a myth that has been pretty much debunked, as basically one can get pregnant in any position. However, since you will be trying many times to conceive, you might as well find a comfy position. To give the sperm a push, man on top is recommended.
Proven – You can get help getting pregnant, with cough medicine. This one surprised me very much as it sounds like such an old wives take. However, it is true and the scientific explanation is that cough medicine loosens up mucus in the chest, and also cervical mucus, making it easier for the sperm to get to its destination. However, some medicines contain antihistamines, which dry up mucus, giving sperm a hard time. So always read the ingredients.
Debunked – The biological clock only applies to women. Although men can produce sperm for many years, it is possible for older men to have fertility issues. Decreasing testosterone levels, decrease in quantity and quality of sperm as well as motility play a part too.
Proven – It is harder to conceive if you are overweight. This applies to both men and women. Being overweight means that the fat cells are producing too much oestrogen, making the woman less likely to ovulate. The same applies to overweight men who would also produce too much oestrogen, which is obviously not good sign for male fertility.
Debunked – Smoking is fine, as long as you stop once you are pregnant. Studies show that cigarette smoking, even second-hand smoke reduces fertility and this holds true for both assisted and non-assisted reproduction.
Technically proven, yet debunked. Alcohol increases your chance of pregnancy. Too much of something is rarely good and inordinate alcohol consumption has shown a decrease in fertility. However, it stands to reason that people are getting pregnant more while they are drinking, because they are having more sex. So it is not really a matter of the alcohol per se, but the more frequent sex.
Attempting conception after several months of negative results can put a strain on couples and impedes the romance in a relationship. Our physicians typically say that having sexual intercourse every other day during the week of ovulation is reasonable. If every day feels right for you, then go for it. And the cherry on the cake is that you can also indulge in oysters which apart from an aphrodisiac are a rich source of zinc, low levels of which can be a factor interfering with fertility.