Five Common Misconceptions About Fertility Problems

Five Common Misconceptions Men and Women Have About Fertility Problems

A couple unable to get pregnant after months or years of trying may become discouraged at the prospect of possibly never having kids – more so, if they heard all the myths surrounding fertility. What are some of the most popular myths?

The Woman Is To Blame

Believe it or not, fertility problems are not just a female issue – men can have problems with fertility too. In fact, one-third of all couples find out that it’s the “man’s fault” for not conceiving. If you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant but have been unsuccessful, it’s important you both get health screenings. The earlier a diagnosis, the quicker the possibility of becoming pregnant. A quick sperm test at home can sometimes indicate a potential problem which can then be further investigated with your GP.

Women Should Be Pregnant After A Month

The majority of women spend their time not getting pregnant and, when they finally want to, are shocked to realise it doesn’t happen right away. The reality is that most women won’t become pregnant the first year they try. If you are 35 years old or older, it’s important to try for six months before getting professional assistance. If you’re younger than 35, you should wait 12 months before seeking help.

Getting Pregnant A Second Time Is Just As Easy As The First Time

This is another common misconception couples have about fertility. It’s not uncommon for women to experience secondary infertility. When a couple has tried getting pregnant for more than a year, they should seek out the assistance of a fertility expert. This person will look at your situation and determine what could be the cause of your infertility. There is a host of problems that could cause it such as aging, infection, fallopian tube blockage and a decrease in ovarian reserve.

Age Is Only A Number

Age is a huge factor in determining fertility. The key point to remember is that the older a woman gets, the fewer eggs her body has. A decline in ovarian reserve isn’t just in reference to the number of eggs but the egg quality. As women get older, so do the eggs in her body. This can cause miscarriage and infertility. The ideal ages for women to become pregnant is between 20 and 35 years of age. After 35, her fertility will drop significantly. And, for some ethnicities, the age maybe even earlier.

NHS Entitles All Couples To One Round Of IVF

The sad thing is that IVF treatment access on the NHS is low. Medical professionals feel that women under the age of 40 should be given at least three cycles of IVF. However, this isn’t happening, and cuts could be coming that would impact any additional help couples could get. For example, if a woman’s partner already has a child from another relationship, she may be deemed ineligible for assistance.

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This post has been updated since its original publication in 2018.

Photo Credit: “Light girl heart” (CC BY 2.0) by

This post first appeared in 2013 and has been updated since.

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