Top 10 Myths About Getting Pregnant

Feb 22, 2010
When a couple is trying to conceive, men and women try to do their best to get pregnant and have a healthy child. However, many of us still believe in numerous misconceptions surrounding the conception process. What are the most common myths about getting pregnant?

Myth 1: It is a woman, who cannot get pregnant.

If the couple has difficulty getting pregnant it is usually a woman, who seeks a medical help. In fact, almost 40 percent of couples cannot get pregnant due to women's problems and the same percentage due to men's problems. In other cases, the couple cannot get pregnant due to unexplained infertility reasons.

Myth 2: Have sex every other day to boost sperm count.

Many couples try to abstain from sex two or three days out of fear that too frequent sex can reduce male sperm count. While, frequent ejaculations lower the sperm count in general, it will not necessarily lead to decreased fertility. The latest study showed that men, who have sex every day, have higher quality sperm, which increases couple's chances for successful conception.

Myth 3: The chances of conception are the highest on 14th day of your cycle

Many women mistakenly assume that they ovulate on the 14th day of their menstrual cycle and try hard to have intercourse on this magic day. However, every woman is different and your ovulation may well occur on 12th or on 18th day of the cycle if it's shorter or longer than standard 28-day cycle. Besides the ovulation day may vary from one cycle to another for one woman. It is important to track your ovulation by looking for the signs of ovulation. Also keep in mind that sperm can live up to 5-7 days and you can also get pregnant several days before ovulation.

Myth 4: Orgasm is necessary to get pregnant.

While it is necessary for a man to ejaculate to fertilize the woman's egg, it is not quite true for a woman. It is known that female orgasm can slightly increase couple's chances for conception, there are a lot of other factors that play more important role in conception. Many women also got pregnant without experiencing orgasms.

Myth 5: If you have already got pregnant, you can do it the second time.

If you already had successful pregnancy, it does not always guarantee easy conception later. In fact, many couples face the problem of secondary infertility over time. Various health conditions such as endometriosis, ovulation problems, decreased sperm count and hormonal changes may affect your fertility and reduce your chances for conception.

Myth 6: Getting pregnant after the pill is difficult.

Many women fear that birth control pills and other hormonal birth control methods may actually cause infertility after they stop using them. Specialists say that woman can get pregnant shortly after stopping the pill. It may take several months for a woman's body to adjust to the changes after discontinuing the birth control pill. But if a woman has problems getting pregnant, there can be other factors that contribute to difficulties in getting pregnant.

Myth 7: Slimmer women have more chances for conception.

While weight plays an important role in getting pregnant, it is not always obesity that can become a problem for conception. Women, who have body mass index (BMI) that is too low, may experience difficulties getting pregnant due to hormonal problems.

Myth 8: You cannot get pregnant in a "woman on top" position.

While there is some evidence that lying on your back after sex may increase chances of getting pregnant, it does not mean that you cannot get pregnant in other positions. Even if you have sex in woman on top position, the sperm will still held inside by cervical mucus during woman's fertile window and give you great chances to conceive a baby.

Myth 9: Infertility is all in the mind.

While in around 20 cases infertility cannot be explained, in most cases the condition is caused by medical problems. Also stress is often a result of fertility problems and not a cause.

Myth 10: It is easy to get pregnant for a healthy couple.

Couple's health is important for conception, but it does not always guarantee that they can get pregnant easily. It is just 25 percent chance of getting pregnant every month for a healthy couple.