If you are trying to get pregnant you have probably faced many fertility myths and legends without any scientific basis. So, let’s debunk the most popular ones, which could mislead even the most progressive couples.
1. If you’re unable to conceive a child within 3 months, you must have some health problems
Fact. Medical research shows that conception usually occurs in 6 to12 months of an active sexual life. If a woman could not get pregnant at this time, she should see a doctor and get tested. In some cases, a couple needs more time to conceive, because the possibility of getting pregnant is given once a month during ovulation.
2. Pregnancy can occur only during ovulation
Fact. The time most favorable for conception is when a ripened egg is released from the ovary. It happens at the same time in those women who have a regular menstrual cycle – usually 14-15 days after menstruation begins. The egg stays inside the fallopian tube for 24 hours “waiting for” a sperm cell, or a sperm cell “can wait” a few days for the egg being released from the ovary. So it is not surprising that fertilization usually occurs between 7th and 25th day of the menstrual cycle. Thus, the closer the sexual intercourse to the menstrual cycle midpoint, the higher the chance of getting pregnant.
3. You need to have sex often to have a high chance of getting pregnant
Fact. You need to have sex quite often only in one case – if both you and your partner seek physical gratification. Sperm cells stay active for 2-4 days after sex, so it is enough to have sex every 2-3 days to conceive a child. Remember that you have the best chance of getting pregnant during your fertile window.
4. Certain sex positions increase the chances to conceive
Fact. Scientific researches don’t reveal that certain sex positions make it easier to conceive.
5. A woman can’t get pregnant without an orgasm
Fact. Do not believe this fable. Female orgasm and conception are not related to each other. A female orgasm is just for pleasure, nothing more. But it is evident that pregnancy can’t occur without a male orgasm.
6. You have a better chance of getting pregnant in shoulderstand pose after sex
Fact. Though shoulderstand can help some sperm cells to reach the goal, such acrobatic tricks are not the best way to conceive. There are millions of cells in sperm so the attempts “to catch” few of the “escapees” are not worth trying.
7. You can predict your baby’s gender
Fact. Child’s sex does not depend on the external factors. A certain diet, Chinese conception calendar, parents` age, blood group, etc. do not influence a baby’s gender, it is just a delusion. The only factor that determines sex of a future baby is a sperm cell with an X or Y chromosome, which fertilizes the egg. Scientists believe that a sperm cell with a male Y-chromosome is smaller, lighter and faster than a female one. Cells with an X-chromosome are not so fast but they are quite hardy and can stay for several days “waiting for an egg”. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to control sperm cells, only modern reproductive technologies can do that.
8. Physical activities hinder conception
Fact. An active lifestyle, fitness, jogging, or light-intensity physical activities will help a woman to conceive a healthy baby. Remember the only condition: physical exercises should be of light-intensity so as not to harm your female body. In the first place, it concerns heavy lifts.
9. It is impossible to conceive while dieting
Fact. The main rule for the couples who plan to conceive a baby is to care of their diet. If a woman exhausts herself with a diet without any reason, her unborn baby suffers – after all an expectant mother deprives herself of nutrients. If a woman loses weight cardinally, it may result in a violation or shift of ovulation. But if the diet is necessary to lose a bit of weight, it will only benefit an expectant mother with an excess weight for it can interfere with fertility (a large amount of fatty tissue in a woman’s body increases the level of estrogen that suppresses ovulation). But keep in mind that diet is ok before pregnancy.
The nutrition should be balanced and fortified to satisfy a woman’s body with essential nutrients and to improve the quality of her men’s sperm. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, excessive amount of sweets, fatty foods, coffee, food with preservatives and dyes. Eat more vegetables and fruits. If you don’t always have an opportunity to eat enough fortified foods (e.g., in winter or in spring) take the vitamin supplements. Your doctor will choose the most suitable ones for you.
10. Conception won’t happen for a long time after the use of birth control pills
Fact. Research indicates another fact: if a woman doesn’t take oral contraceptives after a break of 7 days, then she is likely to conceive. The only thing that can affect fertilization is the hormonal changes in the body – menstrual cycle and ovulation will be probably shifted. Although in some cases, doctors prescribe the hormonal pills to regulate the menstrual cycle for a successful pregnancy.
11. Interrupted sexual intercourse is a sure way to avoid pregnancy
Fact. It is a great delusion. There is no guarantee that the sperm will not get into a woman’s body, even when sexual intercourse was interrupted. Moreover, a lubricant, which is released during sexual intercourse contains enough sperm cells for fertilization.
12. A woman can’t get pregnant during lactation
Fact. Breastfeeding reduces the possibility of pregnancy, but this birth control method isn’t totally reliable. During lactation, woman’s ovulation is suppressed and menstruation is absent due to hormonal changes in the body. But exceptions to this rule are not so rare, and you need to be protected during lactation using more reliable ways.
So we have analyzed the most popular myths about getting pregnant. Plan your pregnancy competently and do not believe dubious information sources like the forums or your friends` stories. If you have any questions or doubts, a visit to a doctor will be the best decision.