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Infertility Myths resolution

Snr By Dr. Devika Gunasheela , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Feb 01, 2013
Infertility Myths resolution

Here are some of the widespread myths of infertility.

Myth: Infertility is chiefly a feminine condition or rather a problem.


Fact: Infertility is no longer regarded or treated as a problem of women only. Many people are unaware of the fact that infertility is only 35 percent of a female problem, 35 percent of a male problem and 20 percent of couple related problems; the rest 10 percent remains to be detected. Treatment of infertility must focus and work on both the partners in order for a couple to have a baby. Both the partners must be physically evaluated for a successful treatment of infertility.
Myth: Aged women as old as 35 years are likely to get pregnant as easily as a 25-year-old woman.


Fact: Nowadays, many women delay getting married and keep postponing a pregnancy due to various factors such as establishing a career, emotional and financial readiness and so on. We all hear of celebrities, who easily get pregnant even after they are 40 years of age which leaves behind a notion that ignoring the biological clock is not much of a big deal. On the other hand, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine has calculated that two-thirds of women will not be able to get pregnant impulsively after 40 years of age.
Doctor’s advice that a woman’s fertility is at its climb at the age of 20 and then drops thereafter, dropping speedily after she is 38 years old. It has been observed that having unprotected sex on regular basis has 86 percent chances of conception within a year. By the time a women is 35 years old, her chances plunge to 52 percent.
Myth: Stress is one of the leading causes of infertility. 


Fact: Stress is not established as an accurate cause of infertility though it can lead to psychologically damaging your health. Experts suggest that stress can affect a woman’s hormonal levels and in extreme cases can even block ovulation. In men, extremely high levels of stress can be the main causative factor leading to sperm problems.

  • Negative self-image:More than the condition, it is the stigma associated with infertility which can make one to suffer from negative self-image, which could lead to stress in men and women. When seen on a psychological level, stress can unfavourably affect the hypothalamus.
  • Changes in immune system:Stress can also lead to changes in the immune system which may create further complications with implantation and growth in the initial stages of pregnancy. In women, stress can lead to irregular periods and long-drawn-out duration of amenorrhea. This is due to the hormones released by the adrenal cortex, which is the main gland affected by stress. 
  • Daily life stressors :Both men and women face and handle stress differently; while women tend to be more vocal, men on the other hand harbour fears inside. Stresses in women can be of many sorts. Occupational stress, family issues and other eventful times in life like pregnancy, marriage and others, all these reasons combined together can lead to an abnormality in menstrual cycle. Men get stressed out with issues related to career growth, aspirations, financial security and family issues.
  • Effects of stress on women:Eating disorders is one thing which many women have to deal with, when they are suffering from stress. It may result in either over eating or completely dismissing food. Both these health disorders can lead to ovarian or pituitary dysfunction. This is because, few of the hormones produced by adrenal or ovarian gland can lead to alterations in the menstrua...


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