8 Fertility Myths debunked

Posted on Sep 6, 2017 in Blog, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

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With recent reports about declining male fertility I thought it would be good timing to debunk a few fertility myths:

1. It’s easy to get pregnant
No way! With at least 1 in 6 couples having trouble in conceiving, I think it is safe to say that it is not easy for every couple to get pregnant. Generally 84% of couples will conceive within the first 12 months of trying.

2. It’s always the woman’s issues
NO!  this is one of the worst fertility myths! 40% of cases are due to the woman and 40% due to the man whilst 10% is due to both and 10% unexplained. With sperm counts having halved in the last 40 years it is easy to see how infertility is on the rise.

3. IVF is the only option if you’re getting on
NO!  Cleaning up your diet and lifestyle to optimise your own health may dramatically improve your chances of falling pregnant without having to have medical intervention.

4. Your weight doesn’t matter
It does!  Being overweight contributes to menstrual disorders and infertility. Research has found that just losing 5% of their initial weight led to improved fertility in 80% of obese women. Being too thin can also impact fertility.

5. Exercise doesn’t matter
It does! You can over-do it and send your body into stress-mode which isn’t conducive to your fertility health at all. Definitely avoid cycling for infertile males. However, exercise is great for your overall well-being, so it is all about balance.

6. Stress doesn’t matter
Oh yes it does!  When your body goes into stress-mode the last thing it needs to focus on is reproduction!  Managing your stress is crucial; you might not be able to change some stress, for example in the workplace but you can find ways to help cope with it such as practising mindfulness, yoga, a massage or a walk in nature.  Even talking things through with your partner or writing it down may help.

7. What you eat isn’t important.
Yes it is! You are quite simply what you eat, or digest to be more precise. So it makes sense that when you are trying for a baby you need to make sure that you are nourishing your body so that you are providing the right “ingredients” to support getting pregnant.

8. Supplements are a waste of time.
NO!  Unfortunately our soils are not as nutrient-dense as they use to be, so supplementation is a must when trying to get pregnant.  You will probably know that folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects but did you know that it also helps with the sperm and ovulation? The form of folic acid is also important. Other core nutrients which may help include zinc, omega-3s and Vitamin D.

If you’d like to know more about how a natural approach can help you get pregnant and overcome these fertility myths, click here to find out more.