Infertility is a deeply personal issue that most people don’t feel comfortable talking about in fear of being shamed or judged. Below you will find some of the myths that surround infertility in hopes that this subject can be discussed openly and honestly.

Infertility Is a Rarity

The biggest, most pervasive myth out there when it comes to infertility is that infertility is a rare condition that only a few suffer from. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Women of all ages, backgrounds, and health can be affected by infertility. It’s been reported that nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have some issue in regards to infertility, whether that is conceiving or carrying a baby to term.

Age Doesn’t Affect Infertility

In fact, age does affect infertility. Women will see a decrease in their fertility around 35 years of age. Basically, a defect (abnormal chromosomes) in women’s eggs becomes more prevalent with age. That’s why older women have difficulty becoming and staying pregnant.

Sex and Infertility

When it comes to sex, it doesn’t matter much how you do it. It’s a complete myth that women can only become pregnant using one sexual position.

Women Who Have Children Can’t Be Infertile

Just because you have a child already doesn’t mean that infertility won’t affect you. Many women find it more difficult to conceive after a child, and up to 30 per cent of women will have this difficulty after the birth of their first child.

Stress Causes Infertility

While, yes, the pressure is not high for your or your body, it doesn’t directly lead to infertility. If you can’t conceive, your stress and anxiety could increase, which might make it harder for you grasp in the first place. But infertility is a medical condition, and pressure can be a side effect of infertility.

Birth Control and Infertility

Once you come off of birth control, it will take time for your cycle to return to normal. But being on the pill doesn’t have any effect on whether or not you can conceive. Studies have even shown that 80 per cent of women who want to conceive become pregnant within a year after coming off the pill.

Infertility Is a Female Issue Only

Another myth that is not rooted in fact is that infertility is a women’s issue only. Men experience infertility just as commonly as women do. Some studies have shown that one in ten men suffer from infertility. The one difference between men and women is that men often don’t seek treatment or help for their infertility.

Infertility and Adoption

Also, no, adoption will not help your infertility. Some people take coincidences too seriously, and that’s the case here. Although some couples have become pregnant after deciding to adopt instead, there is no scientific reason for that happening. And in fact, studies show that couple who adopt have the same chance of conceiving as those who don’t.

Infertility Treatments Are Expensive

Last, many people believe that when it comes to infertility that they won’t be able to afford treatments. But many clinics and doctors start with less expensive treatments that have proven results.