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.
Myth: So many couples make babies in no time
Those are the ones you hear about—your friend who ooops-conceived right after her honeymoon or your sister who decided one day to start a family and got preggers the next. They’re not lying; for some women, it happens like that. But what you should also realize is that more than 5 million people of childbearing age in America experience infertility, according to RESOLVE. “That’s one in eight couples who may not be as public about it as your pregnant friends,” says Collura.