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MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT INFERTILITY

Myth – Infertility is a women’s problem.

Fact – This is untrue. It might surprise most people to learn that infertility is a female problem in only 35% of the cases, a male problem in 35 % of the cases, a combined problem of couple in 20% of cases, and unexplained in 10% of cases.

Myth – Infertility is a women’s problem.

Fact – This is untrue. It might surprise most people to learn that infertility is a female problem in only 35% of the cases, a male problem in 35 % of the cases, a combined problem of couple in 20% of cases, and unexplained in 10% of cases.

Myth –If you will adopt a baby you will get pregnant.

Fact – This is one of the most painful myths for couples to hear. Firstly, it suggests that an adoption is the only means to an end, not a happy and successful end in itself. Secondly, it is simply not true. When a couple adopts a baby, their focus shifts from themselves to the baby. This helps reduce the stress and anxiety levels. It is a fact that lesser the stress, higher the chances of conception. Hence, any conception after adoption is due to lesser stress levels.

Myth – My partner might leave me because of our infertility.

Fact – This is a common fear. However, with relationship counselling available at Bourn Hall Fertility Centre, this problem can be resolved without any extra charges. A majority of couples do survive the infertility crisis, learning in the process new ways of relating to each other.

Myth – Perhaps this is God’s way of telling you that you two are not meant to be parents.

Fact – It is particularly difficult to hear this when you are struggling with infertility. Every individual has a right to be a parent. Modern science with the help of God enables thousands of couples to become parents.

Myth – Infertility is nature’s way of controlling population.

Fact – Zero population growth is a goal pursued in a time when the world is facing over population, but it still allows for couples to have two or more children. Individuals or couples today have the choice of not having a baby or to raise a single child. Infertility, for those who desire children, denies them the opportunity to choose.

Myth – I should not take a month off from infertility treatment for many reasons. I just know that this next month will be the one.

Fact – It is a good idea to re-assess your treatment and also prepare yourself for the process. Our fertility coach/guide can help you prepare on all relevant aspects. Continuity in treatment is important.

Myth – –I will be labelled a trouble maker if I ask too many questions.

Fact – It is your right to have as much information as possible regarding your treatment. You should be able to make an informed decision. A second opinion can be helpful. If needed, discuss this option with your doctor.

Myth – –The diagnostic work up for infertility takes months and is costly.

Fact –Very few tests are required for both partners. Typically, the diagnostic evaluation includes ovarian status, uterine and tubal status in the female and semen analysis for the male. These tests can often be completed within a month and are not expensive.