Infertility: Common Misconceptions

Information is key to understanding the world of infertility and how to be an empathetic friend or family member to those who are suffering with this disease.

  • Infertility does not mean that a person can never have children.
    • Taken directly from –  Infertility, as defined by The International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ICMART), is a disease characterized by the failure to establish a clinical pregnancy after 12 months of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse or due to an impairment of a person’s capacity to reproduce either as an individual or with his/her partner.
  • Infertility effects more people than you know
    • 1 in 8 couples to be exact
  • Infertility does not only effects women
    • In fact 30% of infertility issues are related to male factor infertility
  • Infertility can affect someone that has already had children
    • There is a term for this – secondary infertility.  This refers to a person that has had a child or children previously without issue but experiences difficulty as defined above when trying to have another.
  • Infertility is not a psychological problem, it is a physical problem
    • Taken directly from, well-meaning friends and relatives may suggest “infertility is all in your head” or “if you’d stop worrying so much, you’d get pregnant.” But in reality, infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system — and not a psychological disorder. In fact, one or more physical causes are identified in the vast number of infertile couples. So while relaxing, going on vacation, or finding positive ways to de-stress can improve your overall well-being, these lifestyle changes won’t solve your infertility problems.

I hope this helped clear some things up! Please comment below if you have a question, I would love to help answer it for you!

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