“Standing on my head will increase my chance of getting pregnant”
“I have had many women think that they can increase their chances of conceiving by standing on their head or elevating their legs after intercourse. But sperm are highly motile and standing on your head, or any other positions post-intercourse, will do nothing to improve the chances of pregnancy.” Linda Girgis, MD
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“Birth control pills will make me fat”
“It’s a very common belief that birth control pills cause weight gain or will give you cancer. However, studies comparing large groups of women who take and do not take birth control have shown no difference in weight gain. Also, when taken for long periods of time, birth control pills have shown to decrease ovarian and endometrial cancers by 50 percent.” Richard K. Krauss, MD, chair of gynecology department at Aria Health
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“My mom had no problem getting pregnant at 40, so I can wait”
“While it is true that age of menopause can be a heritable trait, conceiving in your late 30s and 40s is a challenge, no matter your genetics. A 25-year-old woman at the peak of her fertility in life has a 15-20 percent chance of achieving a pregnancy per month. By age 40, this number drops to less than 5 percent per month. While there are no blood tests to directly check for egg quality, we know, through testing thousands of embryos through IVF, that after age 40 around 85 to 90 percent of a woman’s embryos will be genetically abnormal. The answer is, don’t wait! If you are focusing on your career or have not met the right partner, consider a method of fertility preservation such as egg freezing.” Anate Aelion Brauer, MD, attending physician at Greenwich Hospital and NYU Medical Center and an assistant professor at NYU School of Medicine