The truth behind fertility myths

The truth behind fertility myths

Read what our expert, Dr Bandita Sinha, has to say about the myths surrounding fertility

Have you been waiting to hear the pitter-patter of little feet about your home? Begin your journey towards parenthood with all the right information. Of course, destiny plays its part but do not let fertility myths confuse you. Learn to conceive without hitches with our expert, Dr Bandita Sinha. Hey, no myths allowed!

Ovulation can happen only on the fourteenth day of a woman’s cycle. MYTH or REALITY?

MYTH: Ovulation usually happens 14 days prior to the onset of the next menstrual cycle. When a woman has a cycle of 28 days, ovulation will happen between 12-16th day but for those with a cycle duration of 35 days, ovulation will happen between the 18 and 22nd day of the cycle. In that case, the best advise is to have sex between the 8th and 22nd day, if trying to conceive.

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Contrary to popular belief, Basal Body Temperature is not the most effective way to time sex


Ovulation occurs when there is an increase in basal body temperature. MYTH or REALITY?

MYTH: A rise in basal body temperature (BBT) is one of the inexpensive and low cost indicator of ovulation. However, contrary to popular belief, it is not the most effective way to time intercourse for conception. Fertility is high 2 days before ovulation and when it occurs, BBT takes 12-24 hours to increase. Since the egg lives only for 24 hours, by the time BBT indicates ovulation, very less time is left to conceive.

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Having sex daily can increase chances of pregnancy. MYTH or REALITY?

MYTH: It is important that men should frequently. This keeps the testosterone levels high and improves the sperm quality. But daily intercourse may reduce the sperm count and at least 48 hours are required to produce quality sperms. So it is best to have sex on alternate days during the fertile period of the lady. Even men with abnormal sperm parameter will show improvement with alternate day sex.

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Getting between the sheets daily: Fun, yes, but doesn’t improve your chances of conceiving


A man’s sperm can only thrive in a woman’s body for up to three daysMYTH or REALITY?

MYTH: Inside the female genital tract, sperms can survive for 5-7 days.

It is easy to conceive a child if one is healthy. MYTH or REALITY?

REALITY: It is observed that if the couple is healthy, the chances of conceiving are higher.
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Conception can only happen when a woman has orgasm. MYTH or REALITY?

MYTH: Orgasm in females has no relation with conception. Even if the semen is ejaculated in the outer part of the vagina or the vulva, the woman can conceive.

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Orgasm: Doesn’t have anything to do with conceiving


Infertility is a woman’s problem. MYTH or REALITY?

MYTH: Infertility can affect both males as well as females.

Infertility is caused by stress. MYTH or REALITY?

REALITY: Any condition which affects the reproductive health of the couple can lead into infertility. Nowadays, stress has a very high correlation with infertility. Stress disturbs the hormonal set up in the female thereby giving rise to various kinds of hormonal imbalances leading to ovulation problems and infertility. In males too, stress can cause a variety of health problem right from diabetes and hypertension to mood disorders and loss of libido.

Pregnancy is easier after the first baby. MYTH or REALITY?

MYTH: Chances to conceive, even after the first pregnancy, will depend upon the age of the mother, gap between the pregnancies, any associated health factors which may have come up after the first pregnancy like thyroid or diabetes.​

Dr Bandita Sinha is Senior Consulting Gynaecologist and Obstetrics at Fortis Hospital & Apollo Clinic, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.

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