This is an attempt to bust some of the most outrageous-but-common misconceptions about female fertility. Most of these myths have absolutely no scientific basis and are devoid of any reasoning whatsoever. This includes myths like:
Yogic Headstands Raises Fertility
Yes, when couples cannot conceive despite repeated attempts, they get desperate and try every trick in the book. Thus, it isn't fair to call this myth stupid but the fact remains that it has no logical reasoning. Some people have peddled a theory that doing a headstand, i.e. balancing your body on your head, supported against a wall, helps to conceive. This is supposed to help the sperm enter the appropriate reproductive channel. The manner in which the sperm swims and reaches the unfertilized egg cannot be manipulated by turning your body upside down!
Regular Sex Exponentially Raises Chances of Conceiving
Many people seem to believe that indulging in sex repeatedly or regularly can astronomically raise chances of getting pregnant. The only period during which chances of conceiving are high is during Ovulation. Thus, you would be better-off trying to get pregnant in accordance with your menstrual calendar. These days, downloadable menstrual calendars and applications are easily available. Use these practical aids rather than believing in this illogical myth.
Periods Ensure Protection Against Getting Pregnant
Yes, ovulation doesn’t happen until you are through with menstruating. However, this doesn’t mean that getting pregnant during menstruation is impossible! The sperm can survive for nearly five days within the female reproductive canal. Even if a single sperm survives and your menstrual cycle ends soon after copulating, the egg (ovum) could still get fertilized.
Caffeine is Anti-Pregnancy
Coffee might not be the best beverage from an overall health perspective but it is not an anti-pregnancy agent. Yes, caffeine can make a woman more moody or irritated but it cannot derail her reproductive health. Women in some Mexican tribes are known to have the most potent form of coffee beans throughout their life and still manage to bear babies beyond the age of 40 years!
Orgasmic Sex Ensures You Will Conceive
Couples repeatedly trying to conceive often face the situation of sex becoming a bit mechanical. Somehow, this has given rise to the myth that such form of copulation is less capable in terms of conceiving. Many people believe that if the couple can ensure orgasmic sex, getting pregnant is almost ensured. However, this is fallacy. Fertilization of the female egg and pleasure derived from the act has little connection.
Having Used the Pill Once Can Render You Infertile
Yes, contraceptive pills are essentially hormonal supplements and are associated with some side-effects. However, once the pill is stopped, its effects too fade away. Having the pill once or twice and failing to conceive after that doesn’t mean that the pill has ruined your reproductive capacity forever.
Oral Sex Boosts Fertility
This highly-misleading notion has gained a foothold rather recently. However, there is absolutely no evidence which suggests that oral sex boosts chances of getting pregnant. It can raise the degree of pleasure for the couple and help them in trying repeatedly but it doesn’t raise the lady’s reproductive prowess.
Please let us know if there are any other misleading myths about fertility that you know about. This will help all our readers differentiate between the reality and illogical beliefs regarding fertility.