Myth: Infertility is a ladies-only condition
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Nope. About 35 percent of all infertility cases treated in the United States are caused by a female problem, but just as many—as in 35 percent—can be traced to a male issue. Both partners together cause 20 percent of the cases, and the remaining 10 percent are due to unknown causes.
Myth: Stress is why you’re not conceiving
It’s kind of the other way: Not getting pregnant is likely why you’re stressed, but it’s definitely not the cause of it. “Infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system,” says Barbara Collura, President/CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association; it’s not a psychological disorder. That said, if you want to book a full-body massage or, even better, a Caribbean vacation to help you relax, by all means. It may certainly improve your overall well-being, but it isn’t going to get you pregnant any faster. Or just give one of these stress management tips a try.