Infertility affects both men and women of all ages. It’s a disease where someone is considered not having an ability to reproduce.
Infertility is nothing new to the world since it has been affecting millions of people worldwide every year. Although it can affect anyone, there are a lot of misconceptions about it that lead to its overestimation, especially in the younger generation.
At present, new adults believe they are at a high risk of infertility when they aren’t. It is generally due to the misconceptions and myths associated with fertility and infertility. According to different statistics, around 5.8 million young adults, aged 18-19 in the United States think they are likely to be infertile due to various reasons. It is mainly due to the lack of knowledge and misconception they have on the subject.
Let’s take a look at a few misconceptions that leads young adults to overestimate their risk of infertility.
- Couples conceive as soon as they begin trying
This is a common misconception in many young couples that are trying to have a baby. They believe they can get conceive quickly in just a few attempts. But the truth is that healthy couples only have a 15% – 25% chance of conceiving even at their peak of fertility.
The point here is to understand one can’t guarantee conception in just a few attempts. It’s something based on luck and shouldn’t make any couple think they are infertile.
- They can get pregnant at any time of the month by having intercourse
This is another common misconception that leads a young couple to overestimate their risk of infertility. They believe having intercourse on any day of the month can lead to pregnancy. Though that’s not the case, a woman is most likely to conceive after a day or two before the ovulation.
Young adults shouldn’t misjudge their fertility based on the above. If they are trying to conceive and confused on the best days to make an attempt for it, they should talk to a gynecologist.
- Being overweight makes you infertile
Young adults often have a misconception that being overweight leads to infertility. It isn’t true. Although women with more weight can have slight complications during pregnancy, they have no problem getting pregnant the natural way.
Being overweight doesn’t mean you don’t have the ability to reproduce. A young overweight adult can be equally fertile just like an adult with an average weight.
Sure, infertility affects both men and women of all ages, but that doesn’t mean you are also affected by it. Just like, a large number of young adults believe they are infertile when they aren’t, mostly due to the different misconceptions they keep.
With a better understanding of their issues and improved counseling, young adults can be helped in understanding their actual probability of infertility.