Giving birth is nothing short of a miracle, but being unable to provide another human being with life can be extremely upsetting. Infertility is quite a sensitive subject, and it can be very difficult to comprehend why you’ve been affected. To make things worse, there’s so much inaccurate information out there that you might not even get proper answers to your many questions. To give you some peace of mind, here are five common myths about infertility and the truths of those matters.
If you think that you’re some kind of rare case because you can’t get pregnant, think again. Contrary to popular belief, infertility is not a rare thing. Out of six couples, one of them will experience infertility issues, on average. It might be uncomfortable and embarrassing talking about infertility, but you will get help if you seek it. Remember that you aren’t alone.
2. Treatment for Infertility is Very Costly
While some infertility treatments may be expensive, there are definitely affordable options out there. Depending on many factors such as your history, current health status, and personal goals, you may not need to spend much money at all on a potential solution. Even when deciding on treatments that are more costly, most can be paid back after setting up a payment plan that’s affordable for you.
3. Couples Should Try for One Year Before Seeing a Doctor
Even though the technical definition of infertility is inability to get pregnant after one year’s time, you should seek help whenever you feel that you need it. If you’ve experienced irregular periods, multiple miscarriages, or other alarming symptoms, seeing a physician sooner is definitely better than seeing one later.
4. Anti-Mullerian Hormone Levels Determine Whether or Not You Are Fertile
AMH levels do not determine whether or not you are fertile. However, they are one of many factors that indicate the likelihood that you’ll get pregnant. In general, low AMH levels suggest that a woman is not very fertile, while higher AMH levels are a more promising sign.
5. There’s Something Wrong with a Woman’s Health If She Cannot Get Pregnant
Many women are quick to label themselves as “defective” after being unable to conceive, but never take the blame if you’re unsure of the actual cause. It’s very possible that there’s nothing wrong with you at all because your male partner could be the problem. Poor semen quality, low semen quantity, and plenty of other things can result in unsuccessful conception.
Before you beat yourself up over the issue, get the facts about infertility. There’s a lot of misleading info being spread around, so use reputable sources if you want to learn more. When in doubt, see a doctor.
Written by Marlena S.; Guest Blogger for Mom at Last
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