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7 Popular Myths About Infertility

By Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

For those who are trying to conceive, infertility remains something mysterious. Outside the specialist’s office, the topic is rarely discussed with awareness and openly, making couples uncomfortable about their infertility struggles. The consequences of keeping this in the dark lead to infertility myths making their way into the media and culture, affecting couples’ decisions and their journey to their family.

Many couples face infertility; according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 6% of American women between 15-44 aren’t able to conceive after a year of trying. In the U.S., around 9% of men between 25-44 said they and their partners had visited fertility specialists to discuss it.

Today, we will discuss some of the most popular myths and misconceptions so we can debunk them and help people to better understand infertility.

Popular Infertility Myths

 

  1. Infertility is a woman’s issue. Women are the main target of any pregnancy topic, but the reality is that it takes two to make a baby.
  2. Male infertility exists, and we need to spread awareness so men can understand women take their hands and work together to achieve the dream of starting a family.
  3. Age only affects women. Between the ages of 32 and 37, women experience a significant decline in fertility, sometimes at 50%. While it is true that female fertility decreases with age, women aren’t the only ones who go through changes. After the age of 40, men are likely to experience a decrease in sperm motility and volume.
  4. You don’t have to worry if you already have a child. Many people think that just because you have one child, it is easy to have another when second pregnancies are variable. Even if a couple already has children, it can be difficult getting pregnant again. This situation is known as secondary infertility.
  5. You just need to try it again. This myth only considers what happens during sex, and of course, there is more to fertility than just this. There are things we can control, and nothing is wrong with it; it is not the couple’s fault. Instead of saying they just need to keep trying, we should be more empathetic and encourage them to visit a fertility specialist to conceive.
  6. Health doesn’t impact fertility. One of the most significant factors of fertility for men and women comes down when discussing health. If we try to live a healthy lifestyle, it will help to avoid infertility issues; what we can do to improve our health is to exercise and maintain a healthy weight, take vitamins, and avoid or quit smoking and excessive alcohol use.
  7. Pills can cause infertility. Using birth control does not impact infertility, be it positive or negative. A woman’s menstrual cycle will continue between one or two months after stopping taking the pill.
  8. Infertility cant happen in young people. It is already known that aging is relevant, women over 35 and men over 50 have lower fertility rates, but young men and women deal with it too.

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Latest Fertility Treatments To Conceive

Sometimes the root of an infertility problem can be deeper and need the help of special resources like In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).

What Is An IUI?

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a type of artificial insemination that involves depositing the sperm directly into the uterus. The patient is subjected to mild ovarian stimulation; the sperm swim towards the fallopian tubes, where fertilization occurs. IUI is one of the least complex methods and one of the first that couples turn to when looking for fertility treatment options.

How Much Does IUI Cost In Mexico?

At The Fertility Center, Mexico, Intrauterine Insemination costs $1,100.

Dr. Luis Ruvalcaba and Dr. Jesús Félix. Our Fertility Specialists at The Fertility Center will stay with you on every step of your journey. 

What Is In Vitro Fertilization?

In Vitro Fertilization is a type of assisted reproduction procedure, unlike intrauterine insemination (where fertilization occurs directly in the woman’s reproductive system). Fertilization occurs outside the woman’s body, in a laboratory, with sperm from the partner or a donor. As a result of fertilization, the best-quality embryo is selected and transferred to the uterus so the mother can achieve pregnancy.

How Much Does IVF Cost In Mexico?

At The Fertility Center Mexico, IVF costs $7,500 – 70% cheaper than in the US!

We hope that debunking these myths will help people feel more comfortable discussing their struggles and seeking the treatment they need. If you are trying to conceive, know that you are not alone. Our team at The Fertility Center is here to support you through every step of your journey. Contact us today and schedule an appointment!

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Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

Gynecology, Obstetrics and Biology of Human Reproduction Surgeon at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, specialist Biologist of Human Reproduction by the Mexican Institute of Infertility.

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