7 False Claims for Infertility That you Should Ignore

“IT’S EASY FOR MOST WOMEN TO GET PREGNENT“

While it’s true that many woman conceive without difficulty, more than five million people of childbearing age in the United States – or one in every 10 couples – have problems with infertility. Certain health conditions and factors, such as age, can affect a woman’s ability to conceive. For instance, a healthy 30-year-old woman has about a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant each month; while by age 40, her chances drop to about 5 percent a month. But infertility can affect women of any age, and from any background.

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MEN DON’T HAVE INFERTILITY PROBLEMS

Though it’s commonly believed that infertility is a “women’s problem,” nothing is further from the truth. About 35 percent of all infertility cases treated in the United States are due to a female problem. But 35 percent (an equal number!) can be traced to a male problem, 20 percent to a problem in both partners, and 10 percent to unknown causes.

INFERTILITY IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL – NOT PHYSICAL PROBLEM

Well-meaning friends and relatives may suggest “infertility is all in your head” or “if you’d stop worrying so much, you’d get pregnant.” But in reality, infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system  and not a psychological disorder. In fact, one or more physical causes are identified in the vast number of infertile couples. So while relaxing, going on vacation, or finding positive ways to de-stress can improve your overall well-being, these lifestyle changes won’t solve your infertility problems.

COUPLES WHO WORK HARD ENOUGH AT HAVING A BABY WILL EVENTYALLY GET PREGNANT

New methods of diagnosing and treating infertility have improved many couples’ chances of having a baby. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), more than half of all couples who pursue treatment will achieve a successful pregnancy. On the other hand, it’s important to remember that infertility is

a medical disease and that problems sometimes remain untreatable – no matter how hard a couple “works” at solving them.

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