If you’ve been trying to become pregnant for at least a year (six months in certain cases) without any success, or cannot carry pregnancy to full term, then there’s a strong chance that you could be struggling with fertility issues. With 10-15 percent of couples in the U.S. having trouble conceiving, it’s good to know that you’re not alone.
Unfortunately, because most of the population has never been personally affected by infertility, there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the topic. Here, we debunk five of the biggest misconceptions regarding infertility. Some of them may surprise you!
1. Infertility affects women only.
The truth: Most people think that infertility is only a woman’s problem since we’re the ones who actually have to carry the baby for nine months, but that’s where they’re wrong. According to the American Pregnancy Association, one third of fertility issues are related to men. Also, 90 percent of men infertility cases are due to low sperm counts.
2. It’s a psychological problem.
The truth: Yes, stress certainly plays a role in infertility, but the truth of the matter is that infertility is a condition of the reproductive system. So, while there are many things you can do on a daily basis to boost your chances of a baby, the bottom line is that at the end of the day, it won’t be enough if you do, indeed, have fertility issues.