Busting myths about Infertility

Busting myths about Infertility

It is true that quite a bit of fact is found in fiction while, on the other hand, stray bits of fiction are also found in what is supposed to be fact. This is certainly the case in the area of human infertility, where many suggestions are given as facts when, in actuality, they are just myths. The following will explain some of them and help bust the myths against the truth:

Fault is with the Female: The usual, first impression when a couple finds they are unable to conceive, is that the female is at fault (especially in India, with our cultural and traditional background). This is not always the case and, as has been proven, in nearly 40% of infertile couples, the problem lies with the male partner.

Male age has no relevance: In fact, the age of both partners does matter. In the case of males, as age increases, studies show that Sperm DNA quality decreases. Also, the longer one waits to conceive, the likelihood of problems occurring, including miscarriages, increases. So the age of the male partner also does matter.

You only need to relax: While it is true that chronic stress can have an impact on infertility, it is also a medical condition, relating to the following, in the case of men: effective production of sperm, sperm count, shape and motility of the sperm. This is when a Semen Analysis and Sperm DNA test could help to assess the person’s fertility potential.

If you already have a child, infertility is not an issue: In fact, about 30% of infertility occurs after the birth of a first child and is termed as secondary infertility.

Infertility has nothing to do with your general health: In reality, a healthy lifestyle can help address issues with infertility. As one renowned gynaecologist says, “You have to know your body, listen to your body, and try to live healthy before you even start thinking about having a baby.”

Virility does not affect Fertility: The myth is that if a male has a normal sex drive, he cannot be infertile. However, it has been proven that males with normal or even high virility can have a low sperm count which affects fertility.

Couples who keep trying will eventually conceive: This is not true as in some cases couples may have medical conditions which make conception difficult. Hence, if a couple has been trying to conceive for more than 1 year with no success, they should consult with an Infertility specialist who could help diagnose the condition or rule out certain contributory factors.

With successful fertility care, another pregnancy will be easy: You should be aware that the same factors present before the success of the first pregnancy are likely to exist, such as sperm factors in the male and uterine or tubal damage, ovarian dysfunction, etc in the female. These may hinder the process of another pregnancy.

Birth control methods cause infertility: No contraceptive methods cause infertility. Sometimes, women get pregnant immediately after stopping birth control. Methods such as implants or injections may take some months for the woman to conceive.

ART treatments only way to treat infertility: While, in many cases, these treatments do have good success rates, sometimes, couples may not need these expensive interventions and are able to achieve pregnancy with the help of lifestyle modifications or certain medications.

It is at times like these when the tests like Semen Analysis and Sperm DNA are of utmost importance, as they will give the couple an idea of where the problem lies and whether or not it can be treated. That is why, if you are concerned about fertility issues, you should contact the experts at Andrology Centre, Coimbatore at +91 9443793934 or email info@andrologycenter.in for more information on the tests offered.

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