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Fertility Myths


Young women don’t have to worry about infertility.

Infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse, or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term. While this definition is reduced to six months for women over 35, it doesn’t mean that younger women have no trouble conceiving. Getting pregnant is not guaranteed at any age.

Infertility is an uncommon condition.

This is not true. The National Survey of Family Growth Study confirmed that 1:10 women have infertility. This represents more than five million women in the childbearing age in the United States.

If you’ve had one baby, it won’t be hard to conceive again.

Actually, secondary infertility (the inability to conceive a child after previous pregnancy) is slightly more common than primary infertility. According to the National Survey of Family Growth, more than 1 million couples suffer from with secondary infertility. It’s important for couples to understand that they should seek help.

Infertility is a woman’s problem.

Not true! It’s split pretty evenly. Infertility is a female problem in 35% of the cases, a male problem in 35% of the cases, a combined problem of the couple in 20% of cases, and unexplained in 10% of cases. Both the man and the woman should be evaluated.

Getting pregnant should be easy. It happens all the time!

More than five million people of childbearing age in the United States experience infertility.

Many women get pregnant after they adopt.

There is absolutely no data to support this! Studies reveal that the rate for achieving pregnancy after adopting is the same as for those who do not adopt.

There’s only one day a month that a woman can get pregnant.

While it is true that a human egg is only viable for 12 to 24 hours, a woman can actually get pregnant from an act of intercourse occurring anytime from about five days prior to ovulation to even occasionally two days after, for a total of about seven days.

Infertility treatment is unaffordable.

Massachusetts mandates insurance carriers that provide pregnancy–related benefits to cover comprehensive infertility diagnosis and treatment, including ART procedures. For non-covered services, most clinics offer flexible payment plans.

It’s not a problem for women in their late forties and fifties to get pregnant.

A study in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility reported that 40-year-old women treated for infertility had a 25 percent chance of achieving pregnancy using their own eggs. By age 43 that number dropped to 10 percent, and by 44 it had gone down still further, to 1.6 percent. Using donor eggs is often the solution for these older women.

Regular periods signal fertility.

Not necessarily. Despite regular menstrual cycles, the eggs that the ovaries produce as a woman ages have a decreased ability to establish a pregnancy.

Infertility equals impotency.

Not true. There is no connection between the issue of infertility and impotency in a man’s sexual life.