When trying to conceive, people around you suddenly turn into an expert – everyone has an opinion to give, be it your aunts, friends, gossipy magazines, and your elderly relatives. The pre-requisite condition, that for providing medical advice a medical degree is required suddenly gets tossed out. People who are trying for a baby turn to the internet to seek answers in privacy, which in turn has all sorts of information – both verified and not. A simple “How to conceive” search on google can lead you to pages that make you doubt the collective human IQ. A five-minute read can quickly turn into 15-minute fact-checking activity, though we recommend you simply go to credible sources (Like IVF Junction Knowledge Hub) and save yourself that time.
In this post, we attempt to segregate the facts from the myth and bring to you the Top ten Conception Facts that’ll be helpful at best and a knowledgeable read at worst. Disclaimer: Some of them are really, really bizarre.
Table Of Contents
- Common Myths and Facts
- Take Away
Common Myths and Facts
#1 Using a Laptop on your Lap can decrease sperm count
When working from home or binging on a new show, this isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to your mind, is it? But it is TRUE. Using a laptop, can in fact elevate the temperature of the scrotum, an organ that has the primary function of keeping the sperm at a temperature cooler than the core temperature. There have been a few studies to establish it. Next time you’re searching How to conceive queries on the internet, you might want to keep the laptop at a little distance from the lap. If I may recommend, a laptop cooling pad and dedicated work from home table aren’t a bad investment after all.
Additionally, the stress that comes with overworking, having a bad work and play balance, the pressure of meeting deadlines, and really straining yourself physically and mentally also have a negative impact on Fertility, for both men and women. If you’re trying to conceive, it’s best to keep your stress levels in check and take some time out for activities you enjoy and make you happy – hobbies, interests, leisure, and work should all be a part of your day. If you’re finding it difficult to manage your stress levels, it would be helpful to ask for expert help. Sometimes letting out your inner feelings helps too, and if you’ve got conception-related thoughts on your mind, feel free to share them at IVF Junction Support Forum.
#2 With an increase in age, your chances of conception tend to decrease
We are members of the “Age is just a number” club, but this fact is actually TRUE. The reason for this is younger men and women produce better quality sperm and ovum. the sperm and ovum quality gets affected with increasing age. If you’re planning to have a baby, consulting an experienced IVF Doctor and a gynecologist would help you know your options and how to optimize your chances of having a baby. The best time to conceive a baby is probably the earlier the better in young couples, but older couples have options available too which can help them have a safe and successful pregnancy. There is no need to be disheartened if you’re trying for a baby later, finding the right Gynecologist, and IVF Specialist if required, can help you with maximizing your potential for conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy and postnatal care. If you would like to know the experiences of couples who have benefited from treatment, you can join IVF Junction Support Forum.
#3 Your chances of conceiving on any day of your menstrual cycle are similar
This is UNTRUE. Direct your how-to conceive a baby question towards an expert, and they’ll tell you just how important timing is for conceiving. The basics of pregnancy involve the fertilization of the ovum with the sperm, which means sperm can only fertilize a viable ovum that is released by the ovary. Hence, ovulation, aka the release of ovum from the ovaries is very important to determine whether or not you’ll conceive successfully. Chances of conception are highest during ovulation which is considered as the “fertile period”. You can discuss with your gynecologist how to track your ovulation and use ovulation trackers. It is also important to remember that women have different menstrual cycles hence your fertile period can be determined better with the help of an expert.
#4 Exercise is a big no-no while trying to conceive
This is UNTRUE. Mild to moderate exercise helps improve your health in general and is encouraged by doctors. Mild low-intensity exercises like walking can improve your mood and also benefit your health. However, vigorous exercise is something that needs to be avoided (Since a very intense workout can put unnecessary stress on the body). Stress has been known have a negative impact on fertility and your ability to conceive. Too much of everything is bad, and how much is too much exercise, can only be determined by an expert. We’d say consult a doctor, it’s better than reading multiple articles about exercise and conception.
#5 You need to stop smoking and consuming alcohol
This is TRUE. One piece of advice where all health experts and non-medical advice-givers seem to agree. It’s common sense really, smoking and consuming alcohol on a regular basis have a pretty bad impact on every other body system, it’s expected that these habits wouldn’t make an exception for the reproductive system.
#6 Conceiving Problems only happen due to anovulation
Absolutely UNTRUE, anovulation which means a lack of ovulation is one of the many factors that can lead to problems with conceiving. There are multiple reasons for both men and women that can be contributing to conceiving problems – Fibroids blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, low sperm count, and hormonal imbalances can be a few of the multiple reasons for problems with conceiving. PCOS can also make it difficult to conceive. To know the exact cause of why it is difficult to conceive for you, a consultation with a gynecologist would be helpful.
#7 You can “Guide” the sperm to the Ovum for better chances of fertilization
While it’s likely you would’ve stumbled upon definitive guides telling you positions to absolutely obsesses over the next time you’re planning to have a baby, there is no scientific consensus on this. There is chemical machinery that helps the sperm and the ovum meet and fertilize. While some positions might actually seem to be more helpful being anti-gravity, you don’t necessarily have to do a headstand for the sperm to meet the ovum.
#8 STIs can affect your ability to conceive
This is absolutely TRUE. Undiagnosed and untreated sexually transmitted infections can be a hindrance to fertility. It is due to this reason that you and your partner should consider regular consultation with a gynecologist and definitely go for a checkup if you have any symptoms of sexually transmitted infections.
Certain STIs such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases (PID) and blocked fallopian tubes which can cause difficulty in conceiving. It is important to practice safe sex and ensure that you and your partner are being honest about your sexual health to each other. Your gynecologist can help you understand how to keep yourself and your partner safe from sexually transmitted infections and how STIs affect fertility. Some sexually transmitted infections would require you to take some medications your doctor advises, it is therefore important to prioritize your sexual health when you’re trying to conceive.
#9 IVF is the only treatment option if conception is delayed
This is UNTRUE. While IVF is a very sought-after procedure for couples trying to conceive, your Gynecologist and IVF specialist would only recommend IVF is not necessary. There are other alternatives if you’re having infertility issues and options and only the treatment most suitable for you would be recommended to you. If IVF treatment is the right option for you, your IVF specialist can help you understand the IVF procedure, IVF Success Rates, and IVF Risks. IVF Junction’s one-of-a-kind IVF Junction Cost Calculator also provides you with an idea about the cost involved. IVF can be on the expensive side being a specialized treatment, however having a transparent idea about how the costs are calculated along with financing options such as EMIs ( A payment option where instead of a large sum of money in one go, smaller fixed monthly installments of payment are made against an interest rate). Financing reduces the financial burden that a couple might incur when going for IVF. So if your doctor suggests that IVF might be the best option for you to conceive, do not get worried about the finances, and know that there are ways to make such a specialized treatment affordable for you by financing it smartly. When seeking IVF look for specialized doctors with high IVF success rates, Centres with quality compliant labs, hygiene standards, and great patient care. Do not let cost become a hurdle that makes you choose an inferior treatment, no amount of money is worth putting your health in danger. Contact IVF Junction to help you with Financing to make the safer and superior treatments affordable to you.
#10 Only a few sperm can reach close to the ovum
This is TRUE. One ejaculation releases 40 million to 150 million, out of which only a few hundred sperm are able to reach closer to the ovum. Only one fertilizes with the ovum.
As you have probably concluded out by the end of this article, Fertility can be affected by numerous factors. To successfully conceive, you must ideally be preparing yourself for conception for at least 3 months in order to have a successful pregnancy. Those two pink lines on a pregnancy test require you to follow habits that don’t hamper your fertility. Fertility preparation would include eating the right diet, exercising the right amount, keeping your hormones at appropriate levels, getting enough sleep, and quitting any habits that are having a negative impact on your body. To ensure these goals you can consult experts to know the plan of action. If you don’t know where to start this 3-month wellness journey that ensures you’re healthy enough to start planning how to conceive a baby, IVF Junction Fertility Buddy would be a good place to start. IVF Junction’s fertility buddy takes care of your fertility needs – by helping you get in touch with Gynecologists, Wellness Experts, Nutritionists, Endocrinologists, and other health experts. Fertility Buddy would keep you on the right track with regular communication so you don’t falter by not following the advice.
It’s quite a magical experience, conception. And as with most other magical experiences known to man, it is understandably riddled with myths and facts alike. In an experience as intimate and important as this one, it is important your doubts are cleared by actual doctors and not some online magazine that claims to know about fertility. So while some online articles make for a great informative read, your medical advice related to fertility, conception, and pregnancy should come from someone with a medical degree and years of expertise! Consult our IVF Specialist and Gynecologist here.