Debunking Common Myths and Misconceptions About Infertility

April 23, 2023

Debunking Common Myths and Misconceptions About Infertility

I thought I would kick off National Infertility Awareness Week 2023 by addressing some of the rumors that surround infertility. Infertility is a complex issue that affects all types of people. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding infertility that can make it difficult for people to understand what they are going through and how to best address their fertility issues. Let's debunk some of the most common myths and misconceptions about infertility.

Myth #1: Infertility is always caused by the woman.

This is one of the most pervasive myths surrounding infertility. In reality, infertility can be caused by a number of factors, both male and female. For example, male infertility is responsible for roughly 40% of infertility cases. Additionally, fertility issues can be caused by a combination of factors from both partners.

Myth #2: Infertility is a rare problem.

Infertility is actually a fairly common issue. In fact, approximately 1 in 6 couples struggle with infertility. This means that if you are struggling to conceive, you are certainly not alone, and you most definitely know someone who has had fertility issues.

Myth #3: Infertility is always caused by age.

While age can be a factor in infertility, it is not the only cause. Fertility issues can be caused by a number of factors, including hormonal imbalances, lifestyle factors, and genetic conditions. If you have been trying to conceive for more than six months, see a reproductive endocrinologist (fertility doctor) for fertility testing.

 Myth #4: Stress causes infertility.

While stress can certainly have an impact on your overall health, there is no evidence to suggest that stress causes infertility. In fact, many people who struggle with infertility report that the stress of trying to conceive can actually make their fertility issues worse.

It is important to remember that infertility is a complex issue, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. However, by understanding the myths and misconceptions surrounding infertility, you can better equip yourself to navigate your fertility journey and find the best course of treatment for you. If you are struggling with infertility, know that you are not alone. Support and resources are available to you. By seeking out help and guidance, you can increase your chances of success and achieve your dream of starting a family.

Best wishes to you and thank you for reading.

Dr. Tamara