Myth 1: Female age doesn’t matter as long as you are under 35
Dr Shiva Harikirshnan, Senior Consultant – Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medcare Women and Children Hospital, says: “The peak age of fertility for women is 18 to 28 years. By the age of 30, fertility starts declining in females. The decline becomes more rapid after 35. Women have a fixed number of eggs (usually around two to three million) and the repository starts declining even before birth; it declines at the rate of 10 per cent every year.”
Myth 2: Male fertility does not decline with age
Myth 3: Food causes miscarriages
Pineapple, which contains bromelain that can soften the neck of the foetus and result in miscarriage…one must realise that food eaten in moderation cannot harm anyone.
– Dr Shiva Harikirshnan
What you eat however can help make your pregnancy journey better, explains Dr Meherishi. “Good fertility ‘superfoods’ are typically nutrient-dense, fibre-rich foods that boost certain nutrients that will have a benefit toward fertility. Focus on fresh vegetables, beans and nuts, and unsaturated oils,” she says.
Myth 4: Women can’t get pregnant on their period
Myth 5: Lying prone after sex increases chances of becoming pregnant
Sperm are chemically designed to move towards the egg. And there are millions upon millions of sperm in each cubic centimetre of semen. The notion of advising to lie prone is just physics gravity principle, it seems the more effortless way to travel.
– Dr Shuchita Meherishi
Myth 6: If you have one child already, you cannot suffer from infertility
Myth 7: Infertility is mainly a female ‘problem’
Absolutely not. Dr Meherishi says, “Infertility affects men and women equally. Infertility cause can be traced back to the woman only 35 per cent of the time. Men also contribute to infertility 35 per cent of the time, while 20 per cent of the time both partners are a part of the issue. In the remaining 10 per cent of cases, the cause is unknown,” she adds.
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