Fertility Myths - Part 1

by Sandra Sapio on April 16, 2024

Myth #1: Fertility issues only start once you turn 35

If you are trying to conceive, you can have fertility issues. It doesn't matter how old you are.

It is true that a woman's fertility does peak in the twenties and starts to decline in the mid-thirties. However, age is only a small factor in conceiving a baby.

There are many factors that can affect fertility. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, uterine issues, cycle issues & hormonal imbalances, infections and genetic factors are just a few (and this is only in women - men can have fertility issues too - more on that in the coming weeks!)

Further impacting fertility are lifestyle and environmental factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, weight issues (too high and too low), chemical exposure and stress.

And sometimes there is no reason at all!

But the reality is whether you are 18 or 42, you can still have problems falling pregnant.

Myth #2: Fertility issues only affect women

This is a myth!

In fact, male fertility issues account for 40% of infertility cases.

Male fertility issues can stem from issues with sperm, hormonal problems, health issues like past infections, obstructions in the testes, genetic conditions, functional problems and lifestyle choices.

Of course, similar to women, there are also unexplained reasons causing male fertility.

The first step in addressing any fertility issues is diagnosis. This will lead to a treatment plan.

Part of your treatment plan may include changes to diet, lifestyle – for example stress reduction and reduced chemical exposure, acupuncture and supplementation.

Our practitioners see both males and females to help address any fertility issues.

Myth #3: You can get pregnant at any time of the month

If you are trying to fall pregnant, this would be great! But the reality is very different.

The female egg is released once a cycle and has a lifespan of 12 - 24 hours.

Male sperm can survive for around 5 days once in the females reproductive tract given the right conditions.

So putting that together, the fertile window is about 5 - 6 days of the month maximum where you can potentially fall pregnant.

If you are wanting to fall pregnant, it is best to try at least every second day in the lead up to ovulation. And at least one to two days after. If you don't want to fall pregnant, this is the time to avoid!

Of course you need to know when you ovulate to work out when this fertile window is. If your cycle is regular, it will be slightly easier to pinpoint than if your cycle is irregular. There are a few tools like cervical mucus tracking and ovulation prediction kits that may assist in working this out.

If you are struggling to fall pregnant, have long or short cycles or can't quite work out when your fertile window is, we would love to help you.


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