“If I want to have a baby I should have sex when I’m ovulating!”iStock/AleksandarNakic
“Most women think, incorrectly, that intercourse should be timed after ovulation. But to maximize your chances of conception you should be having sex right before you ovulate.” Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine
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“Standing on my head will increase my chance of getting pregnant”iStock/DeanDrobot
“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”iStock/subjug
“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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