Ladies: These 5 fertility myths might be responsible for delaying your baby joy

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When it comes to fertility, there is a lot of misinformation out there.

There are many fertility myths that you should not believe that may delay your baby’s journey.

From the dangers of being an “elderly” mother to the limitations of in vitro fertilization (IVF), we demystify fertility issues and see if we can’t begin the journey of having your child.

Here are 5 myths seized:

  • Women over the age of 35 cannot get pregnant

Many women today find themselves trying to conceive after the age of 35. This opportunity can be filled with joy and many questions with women being told that they simply cannot get pregnant after a certain age. It’s an absolute myth that you can’t have a baby after the age of 35, especially with all the help you can get, like IVF, if needed.

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  • Getting pregnant when you’re older is harmful

Doctors sometimes worry about the higher rates of pregnancy complications in older women. Older mothers have higher rates of a number of medical problems during pregnancy, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and premature birth. But most of them won’t. One study found that about 80% of women over the age of 45 did not have major medical problems during pregnancy and more than 80% gave birth in a full term pregnancy.

  • You are less fertile after taking the pill for an extended period of time

You may have friends or family members warning you not to take the pill for a long time, as it may delay pregnancy once you are off of it, but fortunately, this is a myth. Researchers found that women who used the pill for longer periods of time rather than for shorter periods of time were more likely to become pregnant. Likewise, long-term use had no negative effect on the likelihood of pregnancy.

  • Only women are responsible for pregnancy problems

When couples are infertile, there is often a misconception that the problem is the woman’s problem. But according to research, infertility issues are divided equally between males and females. Each group is responsible for 30 percent of infertility, and the rest is attributed to a combination of male and female factors or unexplained causes.

  • IVF does not work with older women

However, these “success” rates are based on the IVF treatment with a woman’s eggs. Women under the age of 35 who use their eggs for IVF have a 40% chance of having a baby, but for women over the age of 42, this chance drops to 4.5%. However, using donor eggs completely changes the picture: the chances of conceiving a child through IVF increase to 49.6% when using fresh donor eggs, for women of any reproductive age. When the egg donor is young, older women have the same chances of “success” for IVF as younger women.

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