Top 7 Myths About Conceiving

  • Medical science has not established that having sex at a particular time close to your ovulation can help you determine the gender of your baby.
  • Women with diabetes can conceive and give birth to healthy babies.
  • The factors responsible for infertility are 30% for men and another 30% for women.

A lot of people have been fed with myths and misconceptions about conceiving. Since it can be hard to determine what is true or false, it is important for everybody to gain more knowledge about the common myths about conceiving.

Take the time to continue reading this article as we show you 7 myths about conceiving.

1. You can naturally determine the gender of your baby by having sex at a particular time close to your ovulation

Women that have conceived or even given birth before can have issues with conceptions, and that’s what is termed “secondary infertility.”

This is not true as medical science has not established that having sex at a particular time close to your ovulation can help you determine the gender of your baby. Perhaps this is Mother Nature’s way of ensuring that we have an almost even distribution of male-female population at birth.

2. Women in their 40s are just as fertile as those in their 30s

Although many women in their 40s have given birth before, this doesn’t change the fact about the effect of age on fertility. It is worthwhile to note that fertility reduces as the age increases. Also, the likelihood of miscarriages and other complications associated with conceptions also increases as women get older.

3. Women with diabetes cannot conceive

There is no iota of truth in this claim. Women with diabetes can conceive and give birth to healthy babies. Nevertheless, complications can arise due to diabetes and other problems associated with it. As a result of this, diabetic women should only conceive when the condition has been managed properly and no other health conditions are present.

4. Smoking is not bad at conception but only bad during pregnancy

Many smokers have always used this myth to encourage themselves to continue smoking when trying to conceive. However, this does not make it true. The truth is that smoking is bad at conception and even during pregnancy. Anyone trying to get pregnant or is already pregnant must avoid smoking. Smoking is capable of damaging both the eggs and sperms and can also delay conception.

Fertility reduces as the age increases.

5. Only women can have fertility issues

You’ve probably been told this so many times that you already believe it, but it is a myth. Both men and women can have fertility problems. The factors responsible for infertility are 30% for men and another 30% for women. The remaining 40% comes from factors associated with both men and women or unknown reasons.

6. If you’ve conceived before, you cannot have problems with conceiving again

Well, this is not true. Women that have conceived or even given birth before can have issues with conceptions, and that’s what is termed “secondary infertility.” Notably, a wide range of reasons could be responsible for this problem.

7. Having sex every day increases chances of conceiving

Factually, having sex every day with the aim of becoming pregnant can be bad for your relationship as it can make sex become a chore that will stress the parties involved in the relationship. Stress, on its own, can complicate certain problems associated with conceptions. It is recommended that couples that are trying to conceive should have sex every 2/3 days.

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Stella Hawar

Stella Hawar is a writer who majored in political science. She's a mother of an adorable boy who likes to practice yoga, cook and visit the theater and the cinema.

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