Five Fertility myths
We have gathered 5 myths about your fertility.
Cecilie Hvidberg Jakobsen
07. februar - 2022
Phases of the moon affect menstruation
This is not an uncommon belief — some women even refer to menstruation as their “moon time.” But studies show no connection between the moon and menses. Moreover, it is hard to envision how a moon-menstruation connection would be biologically beneficial to human reproduction.
Reproductive hormones need to be ‘in balance’
This is a common modern myth — and it results in a lot of unnecessary testing of hormone levels. The truth is that, for women of reproductive age, the hormone levels for FSH, LH, estrogen and progesterone change not only day to day, but also often hour to hour. When a woman has certain symptoms — for example, an irregular menstrual cycle or infertility — hormone testing may be recommended to make a diagnosis. But in these situations, doctors will look at individual levels in conjunction with symptoms, rather than comparing levels with some mythical “balance.” Being “in balance” may sound natural, like a person who is “in tune” with her body. But it is simply not a factual statement for what happens biologically.
Lying prone after sex increases chances of becoming pregnant
“How long should I lie flat after sex?” is one of the most common questions asked of OB-GYNs. The myth is that sperm will rush back out of your body once you’re standing up because of the effects of gravity. But most sperm with any chance of fertilization have gone past the point of no return almost immediately. There are no studies that establish a correlation between the length of postcoital recumbent time and subsequent pregnancy rates — but there is a large study that examined pregnancy rates after insemination in a doctor’s office. That study concluded there was no difference in pregnancy rates between people who spent 15 minutes lying flat versus those who got up and moved around as soon as the procedure was completed.
The female orgasm isn’t just be for pleasure
The bulk of the evidence tells us that female orgasm does not affect conception one way or the other. If it did, orgasms would most likely almost always occur with penile penetration; but the reality is that they occur only 25 percent to 33 percent of the time. For orgasm to affect sperm transport — and hence conception — it would also have to occur immediately before or during the male orgasm, which, well, is uncommon. In reality, many women achieve orgasm once or more before their male partner does — or after, or not at all.
Men stay fertile forever
It’s a common myth that all men can reproduce until their 80s. But both sexes experience an age-related decline in fertility. For women, the decline begins in their 30s, and by their mid-40s, pregnancies without reproductive assistance are rare. For the aging male, erectile dysfunction increases with age, and the quality of seminal fluid and sperm also declines. Men over 51 (this is also the average age of menopause for women) experience a significant decrease in success with infertility therapies. It is true that men don’t experience the same absolute reproductive cutoff that women do, but every discussion about age and fertility should also include men.
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