There are many conception myths out there, and sadly, due to these misconceptions, many couples may be utilizing the wrong baby making “tricks” to conceive. This causes couples who are diligently trying to conceive to not make the best of their monthly window to conceive. Disregarding these myths will do a great deal to help you start your family. Continue reading to learn more about the myths that could be interfering with your efforts to conceive.
Myth #1: Since my partner or I have already been able to conceive, it isn’t possible that we could have any fertility complications now.
This is a myth that has a tendency to be connected to men more than ladies. While it’s understood that women’s fertility starts to drop between the ages of 35 and 40, many do not understand that male fertility also diminishes with age. So when trying to conceive after already having children, you must understand the possibility that either partner can develop age-related infertility as you age.
Myth #2: All couples trying to conceive should be having sex on the 14th day of the woman’s monthly cycle since that is when all women ovulate.
This myth makes numerous couples’ journey to conceive overly troublesome. This idea that a woman ovulates on the fourteenth day of her menstrual cycle is not an all-inclusive rule. The 14th day is the ovulation day for the average woman. A study done by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences indicated that just around 30% of women are fertile between days 10 to 17 of their cycles. This implies that 70% of women will miss their monthly fertile window when they follow this myth. To give yourself an optimized opportunity to get pregnant every month, use ovulation tracking methods: kits, mobile apps, basal thermometers and other tools of that sort– to track when your fertile window will be each month.
Myth #3: It’s possible to control the gender of the baby we conceive by manipulating the time and position that we have sex.
Attempting to conceive a specific gender has been a fascination since the beginning of time. A few wives’ tales guarantee that having sex in specific positions or for a specific length of time before ovulation will optimize your opportunity to conceive either a boy or girl. However, science and research show that it simply doesn’t work that way. There is no correlation between the timing or positions and the baby’s gender.
Myth #4: In order to conceive, we must have sex within 24 hours following ovulation.
Sadly, if you follow this one, you’re entirely missing your window. Ovulated eggs can only be fertilized for a short 12 – 24 hour window every month. The sperm that swim the fastest can reach the fallopian tubes in as little as 30 minutes, but most need as long as two days to reach them. It’s essential to track your cycle and engage in sexual relations within the three to five days prior to ovulation – so by the time you ovulate, sperm will already be waiting to fertilize the egg.
Myth #5: We have to engage in sexual relations consistently until we get pregnant!
While this approach may be fun, we don’t suggest it! Women are fertile for only a short window of time each month; excessive intercourse could make you feel tired or unmotivated to have sex when the right time comes. For men, excessive sex can reduce the quantity of sperm in a discharge; “storing” or “saving all sperm” for the most opportune moment is not ideal either, as this can diminish sperm motility. Your best solution is to track your ovulation and simply relax and enjoy sex whenever you feel like it in the days prior to ovulation.
Myth #6: After sex, the female needs to lie back and raise her hips for 30 minutes.
Actually, this one has some truth to it. It is suggested that females lie level after sex for 5 to 10 minutes to help sperm get to the cervix. But there’s presently no data to indicate exactly how much this affects conception success; and it is certainly unnecessary to spend thirty minutes in bed with hips raised after sex. Five to 10 minutes of cozy cuddling will be everything you need!
Myth #7: Women need to climax to conceive.
This may be one of the most common myths about conception– the thought is that by climaxing, a woman’s uterus will contract and help sperm travel more rapidly. For the 1 in 3 women who have difficulty reaching climax while having sex, this myth give unnecessary anxiety in the bedroom. Fortunately, you don’t have to obsess over this one, the big climax is helpful but not absolutely necessary when attempting to conceive, and if you don’t climax, it’s not an indication that your conception efforts that day were worthless by any means.
These 7 common conception myths are only some of many misconceptions that you may have heard. Listening to these myths can make trying for a baby troublesome and stressful. Simply disregard these myths – and make sure that you’re following healthy lifestyle tips to conceive.